The aesthetics of the game might seem familiar to those who’ve played the Escher-esque title Monument Valley, and while this is a different experience, the look and feel are similar in both presentation and minimalist storytelling. Being about a small individual who looks for tools to repair his ship, there are also a few other alien characters to interact with. One shouldn’t expect a very deep story or long conversations (as there aren’t any dialogues), as most of the time is spent on traversing the open world and finding solutions to problems.
I’ve always liked simple games that aren’t overloaded with unnecessarily long dialogues if the style fits the atmosphere (something a lot of point-and-click adventures don’t get right). Simple gameplay ideas without a long playtime aren’t a problem as long as the journey is worth it, so hopefully Pan-Pan delivers on that, as it looks and sounds beautiful. Of course pushing buttons, using items to open areas isn’t particularly original, and there are way too many games in the genre that have done this before. But maybe the game offers memorable conundrums and set-pieces to set itself apart from the Monument Valleys of this world.
The game is now available for PC with a 10% discount that will last until August 26, 2:59 PM UTC. There’s also the Planetary Pack including the soundtrack and an explorer’s guide if one wants to pay a little bit extra.
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