Grotto

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a game by Brainwash Gang
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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Grotto
Grotto
Grotto
Grotto

Grotto sounds like an early console game from the 1980s, given its trivial name and grim demeanor. However, that is far from the truth. It's an artfully threaded game designed to convey a meaning beyond the narrative-driven mechanics. The game has the feel of a contemporary indie adventure with its unique art style and message. But let's get down to the core of whether it's actually fun to play or not.

Grotto definitely stands out of the adventure hear looking at its arguably peculiar artwork. Where most narrative-heavy games will set the scene through either colorful or grim visuals, the exteriors of this game literally look like toxic sludge. Perhaps that's a precursor to one of the more intriguing games of the year? Well, we'll have to play to find out.

Listen to the Soothsayer

Anybody who saw any screenshots before entering the world of Grotto would immediately be able to tell that the game would rely heavily on the story to see it through. Starting up the game, and players will find themselves in the role of the Soothsayer - a tribesman with the extraordinary ability to read constellations. And you've probably guessed that aspect makes up the core of the gameplay.

As the Soothsayer of the Brutes tribe, your tight-knit community comes to you seeking advice on living well amongst this small cluster of beings. However, all is not what it seems, and there are power struggles afoot. Considering the narrative is the game, we'll leave it there for you to immerse yourself in. Honestly, Grotto's story is pretty damn compelling.

Though the tales of the Brute folk will keep you occupied through thoughtful dialogue choices, the constellation gameplay only feels like puzzles to pass Grotto off as a game. They won't challenge you very much, though they are relevant to the overall theme. Their simplicity won't deter from what the game is trying to achieve.

That being said, players can't help but feel there isn't much to do besides navigate through the labyrinth of choices. The multiple endings attempt to add value to the time spent thinking about what to say. But arguably, Grotto could benefit more from exponentially trickier puzzles. Still, the majority of players will find themselves on an emotional rollercoaster with the story.

The Green Green Grotto

What you could say in Grotto's favor is that it takes one of the most revered components of adventure games and delivers it very well. The dialogue system paired with the narrative goes above and beyond expectation. However, if you were looking for more gameplay behind your dialogue choices, better stick with games like Divinity: Original Sin II.

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Still, Grotto is worth a go. Its distinguished visuals, unique theme, and brilliant lore make this one of the more outstanding indie games of the year, even though it lacks any challenging gameplay. All we will say is be prepared to face the feels - there are some moments that the sensitive may struggle with.

Pros:

  • One of the most distinct visual styles seen in a while
  • The dialogue system is excellent
  • The story behind Grotto is well-written and brilliantly delivered

Cons:

  • There is little gameplay outside of dialogue
  • The constellation puzzles need to be more challenging
  • Those that don't enjoy heart-heavy stories may not enjoy the narrative

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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