|a game by||Paper Bunker s.r.o.|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 2 votes|
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Escape rooms are an attraction that has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. So it's natural that someone attempts to translate the physical experience into a digital one. The Pillar is a game that tries to imagine the concept where limits don't exist, and barriers have been broken. Think of the possibilities where you create an escape room in your chosen world!
The escape room genre is familiar in the game sphere. Honestly, it's just another name for a puzzle platformer. However, The Pillar is the first time during this escape room surge in popularity that a developer adds that title to the tagline. So is it going to resemble a more physical experience or mask the fact that it's a classic puzzle game? Let's find out.
A Monument to Escapism
Initially, there is a lot of half-baked hype to build some intrigue around the game. What is The Pillar? Why am I here? There are a lot of questions where the gameplay will ultimately shrug at the answers. But that doesn't deter the fact that it's quick to grab your attention in several ways.
The first is that players will love the calming environment, beautifully crafted with smoother minimalist polygons and comfortably colorful. It's almost the antithesis of an intense physical escape room but is most welcome for casual gamers. Traversing each island is a pleasure where there's a slightly varying biome as you solve puzzles and move on to the next world.
But it's the core gameplay of puzzle-solving where things get a little questionable. It's admirable that various puzzles lead to the ultimate aim of escape. However, the challenges diversify only in aesthetics, where solving mechanisms seem to rub together quickly. Ultimately, that leaves The Pillar's fundamental mechanics remaining rather tedious throughout the game.
The fact doesn't help that tediousness in puzzles has a distinct lack of narrative. You seem to be drip-fed; you should be escaping this mysterious world. But there needs to be more effort to inspire players to get through the easy-to-solve obstacles and gain gloating rights for completion. If it weren't for the gorgeous environment, you'd find yourself struggling to find a reason to play.
The Pillar self-proclaims as an escape room game but lacks the intensity associated with the experience. Instead, you'll get a remarkably average puzzle-platform set at a casual pace in a beautiful game world. There's nothing wrong with that, bar the fact that gameplay isn't particularly exciting or engaging.
You feel like the developers have only attempted to remake popular puzzle games like Gris or The Witness. However, it separates its offering by calling it an escape room rather than curating its game world concept. So, ultimately, is The Pillar worth a shot? If you're a gamer that enjoys more zen-like gaming experiences, yes, why not. Otherwise, there's better.
Round-Up - Pros & Cons
- A beautiful minimalist game world that's a joy to explore
- The significant variety of puzzles to engage with
- Varying biomes with each level
- Puzzles are tedious and easy to solve
- Loses the immersion factor through buggy graphics
- No distinct narrative to support the game
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP