STAY rating. Xbox One.

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Pros:

  • I found the story in the game to be a very immersive experience and without a doubt it made me want to carry on and take in every little detail.
  • The presentation side of the game is packed full of charm in all areas and this played a big part in making the game even more of an enjoyable experience.
  • If you like puzzles with lots of variety then you will love this game and even though some were a little bit difficult I still found myself enjoying them. 
  • Whilst the gameplay isn’t blessed with lots of depth what’s here has been done really well and it was a pleasure forging a relationship with Quinn.
  • Technically the game is perfect and the controls that have been implemented remain fluid and responsive throughout, which is great.

Cons:

  • Making wrong decisions in the game can be frustrating at times especially when you have to redo a whole chapter again. 
  • Whilst I enjoyed reading the text in the game it would’ve been nice to have seen a skip option included.

 

Final Thoughts:

All in all point-and-click adventures are something that I’ve enjoyed ever since I was little and I think that’s mainly because you can escape the hustle and bustle of the more complicated and action-packed games and instead go around at your own pace. STAY as far as point-and-click adventures go is a fantastic addition to the ever growing genre, and to say I enjoyed my time with the game would be a massive understatement. The most important thing for me in a game of this ilk is the story, and thankfully STAY nails this aspect of the game perfectly. The story remains interesting and immersive from start to finish and in the end it ends up conjuring up a number of different emotions along the way. These different emotions are also felt through the gameplay as well and in the end you end up getting quite attached to Quinn because of this. Despite the gameplay on the whole being very good you will however get a little frustrated from time to time because making wrong decisions can mean you have to redo the whole chapter again, which can be a pain. Here’s where a skip option would’ve been very welcome because even though the story is brilliant it can become a little tedious reading the same text over and over again. Thankfully though here’s where the frustration ended for me because everything else is pretty much spot on. The puzzles in the game were something I was especially impressed with and that’s because they made sense and were very cleverly designed. Some of the puzzles may cause a few of you some problems, but I would recommend that you ride it out because you get a great sense of achievement once you complete a difficult puzzle. Thankfully the controls that have been implemented help you a great deal when tackling the puzzles and that’s mainly because they remain fluid and responsive throughout your time with the game. In fact as far as the technichal side of the game goes there isn’t any problems at all which is great because it allows you to enjoy the presentation side of the game even more. Speaking about the presentation side of the game without a doubt this was one of my favourite things about the game. Visually the game ticked a lot of boxes for me and it definitely made me enjoy the game even more. The same can also be said about the game’s brilliant sound design and in the end they both combined together flawlessly delivering to you a very immersive experience. At the end of the day if you’re a fan of point-and-click adventures then this game is an absolute must buy. You will find it difficult to find a better game in this specific genre and that’s because they’ve got the most important aspects correct, which in turn means you end up having an unforgettable journey.

I rate STAY    8.5/10.

Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)

 

Developer: Appnormals Team

Publisher: PQube 

Genre: Adventure

Release Date (Xbox One): May 30, 2018download (48)

 

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