With an appealing visual style, timely themes and excellent puzzle platform mechanics, American Arcadia confidently checks a lot of boxes. While a few of the puzzles can be head-scratchers or frustrating to complete, the majority of my experience was extremely positive. American Arcadia is genuinely something fresh and stands out in a crowded genre.
Taking six to eight hours to complete, I’ve blasted through American Arcadia in just two sittings, being utterly gripped the whole time. The side-scrolling platforming and first-person puzzle gameplay blend together seamlessly, with the story here being king. Despite a few small presentation issues that need ironing out, the gameplay here is flawless – and jumping from Angela’s first-person viewpoint to being in control of a side-scrolling Trevor via her computer monitor is nothing short of genius. If you enjoy adventure and puzzles, and like the sound of a story that’s reminiscent of The Truman Show, this is a game not to be missed.
American Arcadia is a sharp, snappy production that could make for an entertaining film if it wasn't peppered with ingenious puzzles and platforming challenges. The dual character scenario is exploited brilliantly, adding variety, originality and humour, and even if some sections lack a real sense of participation, the visual design of Arcadia, along with some smart turns in the plot, ensure momentum through to the end.
American Arcadia takes The Truman Show's core concept and updates it for the 2020s with a two-sided tale of escape, freedom and corporate control. The gameplay is mainly there to help deliver this story, but I always wanted Trevor to keep running to get me to the final moments and grand reveal.
The game offers an unusual concept of controlling 2 main characters from the 3rd and 1st person, colorful visual, good smooth animations, interesting narrative solutions in the story, but how does all this drown in a 4-7 hour incredibly stretched duration, in terms of gameplay this a simple platformer where you have to quickly guess the timings or replay situtation 10 times until you succeed, but the solutions are very often not obvious, and for the girl we have cool tense situations.. or “tag” and other banal puzzles that are very spoil the pace of the “escape”, as if the devs simply didn’t know how to fill the niche, there are too many puzzles (the recent story-driven indie “Backfirewall_” also went overboard with this for some reason), the overall plot is quite simple, the final twist is predictable, and doesn`t have a clear ending and, accordingly, doesn`t give satisfaction,Try the demo, it's really interesting for the first 40 minutes, but the too simple mechanics made me sleepy, I always say and repeat: do less, but more intense, especially in the genre of dynamic escape, c`mon it's an escape! I love the game "Half-Life" : Caged", for example, which lasts only 30 minutes, but what a blast.
SummaryWelcome to Arcadia! A 70's retro-futuristic metropolis where all its citizens enjoy a life of luxury and comfort... unaware that they're being broadcast live 24/7! Arcadia is not an ordinary city, but the most watched reality show on the planet - where a drop in popularity ratings comes at the highest cost: death.
Uncover the truth and ...