Robert is a dull, naive Asposian that was raised by Abbot Conroy. He expresses throughout his thoughts that he has never been out of the palace or had various life experiences you would expect of a young adult. All he really knows is the ideology that Conroy has beaten into his brain and that he is different from every other Asposian. He has holes throughout his nose similar to a flute and on occasion, Conroy has him play music with it.
The mechanics are rather simplistic as are with other titles in this genre. The player must navigate around the screen interacting with other objects and individuals to solve various puzzles. The game controlled smoothly and moving around the environment gave no issues. The character’s inventory was well displayed at the bottom of the screen and all items within were easily denoted along with the interaction buttons used to inspect, combine, or use any of the items. The only issues that I found with the mechanics of this title were the way the cursor moved about the screen to select an object. On the Xbox One, you press the ‘X’ button to bring up all available interactions in your area, but to cycle through the ones in your vicinity you must press the ‘X’ button until you reach the desirable option. This isn’t a huge deal, but it felt clunky from time to time and I felt there could have been a better way to implement it on a console.
The visual stylizations of this title are similar to a hand-drawn cartoon. The characters have rigid features similar to sketches, but are polished enough to look phenomenal when in action. The animations are so seamless while still providing the crisp feeling of artistic drawings. The soundtrack of this game provides a vibe that even surpasses the beauty of the visuals. The Inner World has various moments where an undertone of background music plays while you are solving a puzzle. These moments are incredible and the music just adds to the amazing experience. However, they are nothing compared to the musical numbers that play at pinnacle parts of the story. I’m talking about full-blown orchestral pieces sending chills down your back when you get bombarded with the soothing melody. Everyone that worked on this game did a phenomenal job, but the team behind the music deserve the highest praise for their excellent work.
In the end, The Inner World will cost you $15 USD and I feel that it is worth every penny. I know this title is just a PC port, but the developers did such a good job at bringing to the console. It is not too often that a game of this caliber gets released. So, take it from me, do not miss out on this game. Do yourself a favor and pick this title up.
Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 10/10
+Amazing Orchestral Soundtrack