I’d like to start this off by saying I did enjoy this game. I’m not one for point and click mechanics, so I felt a bit lost as I started out, but Subject 13 does well to help lead its players through its puzzles while leaving you enough to figure out on your own. As you journey through the game, you must pick up items, open them up in your inventory, and inspect them thoroughly. On occasion, you must combine certain items together to solve certain puzzles as well. The puzzles range from simple, to meh, to pretty damn challenging. Some requiring a bit of math, others requiring you to know a thing or two about Minesweeper. Hints are available throughout the game, so if you feel as though you’re about to smash your controller, don’t fret.
The story itself is another reason I enjoyed the game. While it’s not overly complicated, it is dark and has interesting twists throughout the story. That said, due to the games last puzzle and my frustration with all things minesweeper, I wasn’t able to finish Subject 13. I did look up the ending, and I was satisfied with the game conclusion, but I just didn’t have it in me to complete Frank’s journey. That’s not indicative of most people’s experience with the game, however, as I read that some folks found little trouble with the last puzzle, but for me, I just did not have the patience – and I really, really, hate minesweeper.
I think Subject 13 is a good game and does very well to mix its original concepts with previous puzzle game experiences. There is enough range between the puzzles to satisfy casual puzzle gamers like me, while also being challenging enough for those who enjoy these types of games all the time. As I said the story itself is satisfying, and while the voice acting and writing was shaky at times, I wouldn’t let that stop you from giving this game a shot. The price is right for Subject 13, and if you enjoy exploration puzzle games, you should absolutely give this intriguing title a download!
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8/10
+ Intriguing story
- Some gameplay
- Occasional cheesy
voice over dialogue