Out of Line

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a game by Nerd Monkeys
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Out of Line
Out of Line
Out of Line

Portuguese game developing studio Nerd Monkeys has one of its most promising projects coming out on June 23rd, to all major platforms. Out of Line is an indie, puzzle, platformer that has this heart-warming look and feel to it. With multiple puzzles, characters, and companionship throughout the journey, players are tasked with solving problems for progression.

The Starting Line

Out of Line has heavy inspiration from Studio Ghibli, both in aesthetic as well as narrative. It tells the story of San a young protagonist that is leaving the “Factory” a place that was once home. The world he inhabits has various mysteries and secrets to be explored and uncovered, with the help of other characters and a special spear. The game is divided into multiple chapters that slowly reveal more about the story, a mysterious and dark entity, while it takes players on a self-discovering journey and the pursuit of freedom.

Behind the friendly, warm-looking visuals, there is a lot of impressionism and philosophy woven into the story, which brings more in-depth and mature concepts. There is also a reflection about the impact of machines, technology, and humanity upon nature and the world around us. Those topics and reflections are subtle, and not necessary to enjoy the game, but they surely improve the overall experience.

Paint the Lines

Out of Line has been nominated for three awards without even being released, mostly based on the early versions and the demo. On top of that, the art is one of the most beautiful I have seen in recent memory, the impressionism mentioned before has a lot of influence on the visuals and overall appearance of the game.

While information surrounding the game is still shrouded in secrecy, we got a short and sweet demo that showcased the gameplay, controls, and general feeling of the game. Controls seem fairly straightforward and intuitive, and the puzzle felt fairly simple. But the hand-drawn art definitely stole the scene, it was mesmerizing the fact that almost every frame seemed like a piece of art.

Nerd Monkeys has stated clearly that their intention was to portray a beautiful and complete journey through Out of Line, and it certainly held its promises so far. The story is intriguing and invites players to keep exploring to unearth more and more while offering a complete conclusion to the adventure.

Summary

Finally, players accompany San in his journey of self-discovery and childish innocence. For example, most of the challenges presented through the demo, puzzle, and even enemy encounters were solved in non-violent, creative manners, even if the spear is the main weapon of the game.

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If you like Studio Ghibli stories and animations, or if you enjoyed titles such as Inside, Limbo, Braid, Ori and the Blind Forest, or Celeste this game should be one of your purchase considerations for the month of June. It releases on June 23rd, for PC, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

PROS:

  • Amazing Artwork
  • Matching Soundtracks
  • Mature Concepts and Topics
  • Fun and Simple Game

CONS:

  • Very Similar to Other Titles
  • Might Feel Easy
  • Reliant on Narrative to Differentiate Itself

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System requirements:

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

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