If one has seen and played so many games, either AAA or indie titles, it’s difficult to get excited or impressed by new ones if they don’t have something especially memorable to draw one’s attention away from the flood of other releases. Inked is one such game that doesn’t only look beautiful with a visual style that creates the illusion of watching an artist draw on the page, but it’s the story itself that complements the form. The relationship between the ronin Nameless Hero with a strange bird and the comic book artist Adam is constantly commented on, while the puzzles and scenery change with every idea that springs to mind and is put on paper.
In order to help the ronin reach his ultimate goal of finding his lost love Aiko, the hero has to move geometrical shapes and jump over obstacles, while also overcoming other dangers along the way. But it seems that there’s something much deeper, as the tale about love and relationships doesn’t only have a special meaning on paper, but also for Adam in the real world as well. It’s all a bit cryptic, but as with every meta-fictional story, that’s to be expected. Exploring the wonderfully drawn world might just be as intriguing as exploring the true intent of the artist to tell this story.
Inked was originally released in April 2018, but is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 10% launch discount that will last until October 18th, 1pm UTC. There’s also an art & music bundle that can be bought separately and includes a digital art book and the soundtrack.
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