Last year, indie game No Man’s Sky got hyped into oblivion and then delivered a mediocre experience. This year’s most hyped indie game is RiME, a beautiful looking action adventure thing which had many mouths agape and has been in development for bloody years. Now it’s here! Hurray! We got our grubby mitts on it immediately.
It was released on the 26th May and has had… a divisive response. Some critics have loved it and handed it a high score, others have found it disappointing and handed it a mediocre score. Everyone is in agreement the Wind Waker styled, cell shaded graphics are a thing to behold, but should you fork out for this thing or not? Let’s have a gander.
This is an action adventure and puzzle game, then, which has been inspired rather overtly by the Legend of Zelda series, amongst other adventure games such as Ico on the PlayStation 2. The island the boy washes up on even looks a bit like the one from Wind Waker – not that we’re criticising. If you’re going to take inspiration from somewhere, Zelda is the place to turn!
Despite the island world of RiME hinting at a sweeping open world, this isn’t remotely on the grand scale of the dauntingly brilliant Breath of the Wild. Indeed, some gamers have already been complaining this is quite a linear experience, with a traditional setup of puzzle solving and advancing through to new areas.
Whilst this is pretty much the case, this doesn’t mean RiME disappoints. Exploration is a central element, with the beautiful island offering some impressive architecture, and there’s also a cute fox to befriend on your adventure. With a lovely soundtrack and those gorgeous graphics, it’s an atmospheric experience which does make you feel as if you’re stranded on some beautiful desert island somewhere and it all makes for quite the introspective, enjoyable romp.
As a recap, the critical assessment of RiME to date has been middling. Whilst some have hurled praise at it and given it a near perfect score, there are also a lot of mid-way point scores, such as 6.5 from IGN and 6 from GameSpot (who also gave the genius Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 6/10, so what does it know?).
Two of the most reputable sources should be considered here – Destructoid handed the title the very fair 7/10. Meanwhile, the legendary Edge magazine dumped a big old 4.5/5 on it: “It’s clear from the outset RiME is special” the reviewer enthuses; so some people are really getting into the experience, whilst others have been dismissive of some of the familiar gaming tropes developer Tequlia Works has relied on.
We have to state we’ve thoroughly enjoyed RiME so far and can recommend it, although it’s not quite the sweeping masterpiece many in the games industry had hoped it would be when we first clamped eyes on it. RiME is, however, another glorious indie gem and it’s well worth your time.
RiME Going to Get This!
It’s out now and you can pick it up on the PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and it’ll hit the Nintendo Switch in Q3 2017 (the latter will be a real treat – we want pretty much every game ever to be brought to the Switch! Handheld glory awaits!). It’s not the cheapest indie game ever at £30, which has made some people baulk. However, if this type of game is your thing then you should find RiME an enchanting experience.