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  • Summary: Finding yourself in a mysterious forest, you will navigate your way through the game by controlling your character's hand using Playstation Move technology. From here, you are immersed into the game's unique experimental narrative and original way of interaction, which enables you to experience the world not only visually, but also empirically - an illusion that you can actually touch trees, faces, and other objects. Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 45
  2. Negative: 8 out of 45
  1. May 7, 2012
    Despite the game itself being very short Datura offers a thrilling world with astonishing sound effects and great control mechanics.
  2. May 10, 2012
    You get the feeling Datura's elusive narrative and moral ambiguity was intended to be the subject of rampant speculation. If only it were complimented by proper tactile feedback, or if the whole detached hand mechanism managed a legitimate grasp of Datura's nebulous constructs, we'd be talking more about Datura as a great game and less as an atrophied experience.
  3. Every time we solved a puzzle we found ourselves in a totally different locale. Behind the wheel of a car, on a barren surface of ice or right in the middle of an ongoing war. Are they memories? Fantasies? Or is the forest a dream world? And who is that guy with the shotgun?. [June 2012, p.104]
  4. While it's short there is some interesting imagery (although visually the polish varies between adequate and woefully poor) and with an open mind it's a fascinating experience you'll mull over for a while.
  5. May 10, 2012
    Datura's premise is fascinating, but the game fails to deliver because of some poor controls (both with Move or Dual Shock), lack of content and lots of invisible walls to deal with.
  6. May 22, 2012
    We have to praise the artistic enterprise and the search for something different, even if the execution is poor.
  7. May 7, 2012
    You'll trudge endlessly around the forest, cursing your protagonist's languid walk speed as you wander from one already visited landmark to the next in the vague hope of triggering the next bit of scripting in a narrative which goes out of its way to confuse the player.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. May 10, 2012
    This game may not be too good but it is a fun and very interesting move title so go dust off those controllers you have barely touched lately (COD players) and get to playing this very immersible game just please use a move controller it makes way more sense and please quit whining over 10 dollars quit being so cheap and poor its 10 dollars i spend that daily just going to a appointment or the corner LMAO Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    This is probably one of the best games this year. Its original and creative, we all should support this game, originality in videogaming is in danger, not everything should be shooters. Expand
  3. May 8, 2012
    It's an odd game for sure. Do not go into this expecting great controls, the best graphics, or a clear storyline. Still the game stuck with me. It's just so different from anything else out that I can get over a lot of the flaws and appreciate it for being do different. Expand
  4. May 15, 2012
    Well, this game is hard to talk about. The graphics and parts of the game play are great for a 9.99 downloadable game. Although sometimes the controls can be god awful, the game is great at certain points but later that greatness vanishes at a blink of an eye. Mainly because the game makes zero sense. Where are you, why are you there, how did you get in that ambulance at the start of the game, so on and so on. I geuss thats part of the artistic feel of the game. Your not supposed to get it and try to think of what it all means by yourself. But NONE of it is explained and makes the whole experience feel not worth while. Only consider this title if you like weird trippy games that dont make sense. If thats what you like Collapse Expand
  5. May 8, 2012
    I don't even know how to review this. I've been following the coverage for this game and despite seeing the mixed reviews I still gave it a shot just to see what it was all about. If you are looking for a really exciting game do not buy this. I think the makers just wanted to show that videogames can be much more than your run of the mill game. I don't have the Move Motion controller, so I just had to use a normal controller and at first a few of the parts pissed me off. I thought the controls were absolutely terrible but come to find out on my 2nd play through I was just doing them completely wrong. The onscreen help isn't much help. For a two hour game with somewhat finicky controls and only a few cool parts, I'm not so sure it was worth 10 bucks. I recommend this game if you are a trophy whore (you can easily get all of them on your first play through) or you are just very curious like I was. Expand
  6. May 8, 2012
    Datura have much great points, the graphics, the idea, but have a biggest problem, and is the next, is really short. I think that if plastic do this game really large, the score can be better. Expand
  7. May 11, 2012
    This game uses Sixaxis controls that are completely broken. I cannot progress any further in the game because of the broken controls. This game is unfinished. 0/10 Expand

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