|a game by||Amanita Design|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
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|See also:||Puzzle Games, Mystery Games|
Leaving behind their roots in point & click adventures, Amanita Designs brings us Creaks, a platforming puzzle adventure with a distinctive visual style. Visually captivating, Creaks is one of those games that is easy to understand but difficult to master.
At its core, the game features a single type of simple puzzle that repeats throughout the adventure. As repetitive as it might be, Creaks is still a solid game that mixes some of the best elements from platformers and puzzle games to create an unforgettable experience.
The game’s plot sees the player taking control of an unnamed man. One night, the lights in the man’s house flicker and die, revealing a secret passage in one of his walls. What he encounters is a world inhabited by fearsome monsters, but these creatures have a very peculiar weakness: once they’re exposed to light, they become harmless inanimate objects.
As you might expect, the main gameplay mechanic of Creaks is to avoid these monsters by shining light on them. The game presents the player with multiple rooms, each of them inhabited by the creatures; it will be up to the player to find the proper way to avoid the monsters, and effectively turn on all the lights in the room.
Despite being a platforming adventure, Creaks still shares many design elements with other Amanita Design games, like Machinarium. For example, the combination of beautiful art and basic puzzles. However, turning lights on and evading monsters is basically everything you do in Creaks, and it can get old pretty quickly.
Out of this world presentation
Games made by Amanita Design have a unique flair to them. We’ve seen it before in Machinarium and the Samorost 3: games that incorporate art into their main gameplay mechanics. Creaks isn’t the exception. Its backgrounds are inspired by 19th-century paintings, featuring somber colors and peculiar designs. Scattered throughout the game’s world, players can find paintings to collect. These aren’t mere collectibles, though, as they usually contain various puzzles and minigames to spice up the player’s experience.
The original score (composed by Hidden Orchestra) also elevates the game’s eerie atmosphere to the next level. If you’re looking for a game that’s equal parts gloomy as it is beautiful, then Creaks has got you covered.
A world to contemplate
If there’s a minor complaint that permeates the whole experience with Creaks, that’d be that the levels are still designed like they belong in a point & click adventure. In games like Machinarium or Botanicula, the detailed backgrounds and interesting levels are meant to be interacted with, but that isn’t necessarily the case here in Creaks.
The platforming nature of the game means that some levels are simply meant to be ignored, as stopping to appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship that goes into their designs would lead to failing a puzzle. It seems like, at its core, Creaks was designed as a point & click adventure, and, perhaps, its story and setting would have been better if presented in the traditional Amanita Design style.
Creaks is an interesting puzzle platformer that is easily able to suck players into its captivating world. However, the repetitive puzzles and low difficulty might keep some players away from its charms. The art and sound design, however, are simply top-notch.
- Beautiful art and environments
- Great minimalist soundtrack
- Interesting character designs
- Easy and repetitive puzzles
- Some environments can’t be enjoyed properly
- The puzzles can feel disconnected from the plot
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP