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  • Summary: Set in the Void a place where mortal's souls go before death - a middle earth of life and death. The player has a chance to survive the Void sparing their soul and even their life- the tool they have to do this is The Colour. The Colour is the only food for the dying souls in The Void, every soul feeds off it and every soul is desperately struggling for every drop they can find, as this is the only means to save their souls and return to mortal life. The player needs to use his wit and fast thinking to determine the colours needed to escape the realms of The Void. [Mamba Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A solid "A" for innovation and delivering it in the highest professional manner.
  2. It's a very slow game. But The Void has really got under my skin in a way no game has for a long time, and it's totally recommended. [Christmas 2009, p.95]
  3. An astounding world, and a flagship for the imagination and capability of independent game developers. [Christmas 2009, p.94]
  4. The Void is a strange emotional experiment, with a complex gameplay.
  5. Titled as an action-adventure, this game is not typical. The best way to describe it, is like a modern art picture. You’ll find bizarre and beautiful elements and it his hard to understand, what the game is telling the player. The plot takes place between life and death and the melancholical spoken dialogues are good performed. So if u like to play around with uncommon gameplay, the void is a nice try.
  6. I did not get nearly as far into this game as I would want to for a review. I simply couldn't. I tried for long enough. Yet I am completely unwilling to say this a bad thing - I'm certain this is a brilliant thing for the right person. Which is why I hope I've brought you to a place where you can make that decision for yourself.
  7. Crippled by unavoidable errors. [Issue#91, p.125]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Jan 8, 2013
    An absolutely amazing game. It is not just a game, it is a work of art. The story, while sometimes confusing due to potentially randomized phases of storytelling based on which path you took, is genius and can keep you theorizing for hours, and that's one of the best things. Unlike all the commercial garbage these days, this game doesn't serve you everything on a silver plate. You need to try to understand the story your own way, as there is no theory that can be proven true. It keeps a dark and melancholic atmosphere thanks to beautiful and surreal environments and an even better, largely electronic, soundtrack. Gameplay is, at it's core, resource management and the game is unforgiving of mistakes. You will feel mortal, you will feel the need to rationally spend your resources and if you make mistakes, you will die. Maybe in a couple of minutes, maybe in several hours of playtime. Some people may hate this, but I love how hard and engaging the game is. It is a game you will love for it's artistic quality and hard gameplay, or you will hate it because of that. It's entirely up to the player. Expand
  2. KimS
    Jan 19, 2010
    This is the breath of fresh air from cliche games, that some of us may have strived for. Definite 10 for innovativeness, that shines so hard, it let's us overlook some of the games flaws. Expand
  3. AnonEMouse
    Jan 13, 2010
    A great achievement. The learning curve is steep, but once over that, you find a beautifully crafted world filled with epic monsters and innovative gameplay. Color being used as the universal resource is very interesting and forces the player to think in a new way. Attempting to play this like any other survival type game will get you killed. Repeatedly. Once past this however, the true depth of the game shows itself and it's very hard to put down. Buy it from steam when it goes on sale, and give it a chance. You will not be disappointed. Expand
  4. MichaelJ.
    Jan 31, 2010
    While it does have design problems from the lack of information to the player at the beginning. The atmosphere in this game is like no other from the character design of the brothers to the desolate beauty of the levels. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2013
    More challenging than fun to get through a few sisters. The mechanics really suck so don't expect any freebies in the void ever!!! Some may call this frustrating and I may never get through the void, but at least it wasn't boring. The story is very interesting. The alien landscape stylized. The npc models are incredibly realistic and deserve applause. Makes you wanna play it over and over again to see what happens. How powerful you become. This because the game play is so relentless. I give an 8 because no perfect but 7 is just too low. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2013
    Once in a while, a game will come along that is shrouded by an enigmatic setting, unique gameplay and ambient music. This game is one of them. Would've given it an 8, but it's actually a very difficult game.

    Check this game out if you are:

    1. Bored of your average types of games
    2. Liked the Myst series
  7. StevenR.
    Jan 30, 2010
    This game had great potential. The graphics were great and the environments you move around in are really interesting. That being said, the game play sucks. I hear a lot of people say, "If you like a challenge, this game is for you." I say, "If an annoying game that you have to play 50 times over from the beginning just to get to the end is what you like, then this game is for you." There is something to be said for a games re-play value if you get something different out of it the times you replay it. This game is not like that. It will take you a few hours just to get used to it. Then you will have to restart because you are a dead end. And then, ten hours into it, when you think you get the hang of it, you'll realize that yet again something went wrong and you have to restart, from the beginning and have to the same things all over again, with the NPCs saying the exact same things over again. It isn't very innovative at all. It's a time / resource management game that has sharp game terminations. You have no physical body in the game, so you have to draw symbols ( "glyphs" ) with your precious recourses ( "Color" ) in order to interact with the world. That is. Nothing too amazing there. As a matter of fact it far too annoying an tedious for what it has to offer. Expand

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