Encodya a rare but beautiful dystopian future. I know that description kind of sounds misleading. I mean, how can an undesirable and frightening society be beautiful? Well, let me explain, because you may be somewhat surprised by the answer. But first, let’s talk about the game.
Encodya is currently in development by Chaosmonger Studio. And when they announced that the game would be debuting in January of 2021, I became intrigued. I got my hands on a short demo of the game that was being offered on their Steam page. If you would like to try it for yourself, it’s still available as of writing this. So I installed it, and my adventure began.
I’m a sucker for a good point ‘n click game. And a creative and interesting story can bring a lot out of this genre. And from what I’ve played of Encodya so far, I haven’t been let down. The game takes place in the dystopian future of Neo Berlin 2062. It’s a Megalopolis run by corporations and corrupt politicians. And a nine-year-old orphan named Tine has been living life on the streets. But she’s not exactly alone. She was assigned a big clumsy robot called S.A.M 53 at birth. One day Tina and S.A.M will discover something that will change their world. This discovery will be the beginning of an amazing journey—the journey to Encodya.
I started the demo on those very streets of Neo Berlin, making my way off an AirBus. Tina points out that her last ticket has expired. And now she needs to find another way to get home. As you look around, it’s clear your best bet home is to buy another ticket. But unfortunately, you have no credits. So now, like all classic point ‘n click adventures games, it’s time to explore. The gameplay is similar to all classic point ‘n click adventure games. And this includes the very familiar interface too. You had all the classic grab, inspect, and talk icons, to manage your way through the game. Of course, you also had your inventory to use items, combine items, and inspect them.
The interesting thing about the gameplay was that you could switch between Tina and S.A.M to complete a puzzle. This was a unique take on the genre I hadn’t seen before. For instance, there may be an item in the game that Tina can’t reach that S.A.M can. So your best bet is to switch characters. Or perhaps some people don’t like talking to robots, your better off using Tina. Finally, the many puzzles I encountered weren’t that obvious in the game at first. And made the game start a bit slow. Finding what I was to do, other than walking around and searching for items, was rather frustrating. And if you wanted a hint, it required going back to each character in the game and chatting with them. I would have liked some other subtle clues in the game. If there were any, I missed them. So I thought this was a bit disappointing. But I’m a determined gamer, and once I put the clues together, it was more than satisfying to complete.
Graphics and Sound
Now comes my answer to how an undesirable and frightening society can be so beautiful? Graphically this game is gorgeous! It appears to be a hand-drawn masterpiece. And the lighting and dark rainy atmosphere gave it that Blade Runner dystopian future glow. For a future that seems so dark, this one was bright. At least in the megalopolis of Neo Berlin 2062, what might shine in Encodya I have no clue. Also, the voice acting was top-notch and pulled the game together. Encodya is a prime example of how to voice a point ‘n click adventure. And, for the soundtrack, it too was a joy to listen to and really put out that futuristic cyberpunk vibe.
Encodya is bursting with potential and is a gorgeous all-out, funny, and creative game. As far as point ‘n clicks go, this is one to keep an eye on, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the full game.
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