Etherborn is a gravity-defying puzzle platformer with breath-taking visuals and MC Escher-like levels. The difficulty is enough to test your observation and critical thinking, but nothing gets stressful. You'll be done with a playthrough in around five hours, but it's time well spent.
Etherborn is worth it, because despite being a short game it is very fun. However, despite its interesting planning and its very well played gameplay, Etherborn "stays in the air", because it lacks some additional detail that can truly call the attention of those looking for a puzzle game that offers something new inside of that segment.
The design of the levels is superb. The "puzzles" of the game are the parts of the levels themselves, as you need to figure out how to change gravity in order to find the correct path that will let you continue and move on. The art and music are great and very atmospheric, and perfect to chill and immerse yourself in the game's world.
Overall, Etherborn is a short and sweet puzzle platformer that centers around ideas of identity and purpose. The story has something to say about human existence, and what it means to be a person. Not only does the narrative provide some food for thought, but it works to drive the gameplay. The platforming and puzzle solving is exceptional thanks to the neat gravity mechanic and the well executed camerawork. Etherborn is a unique puzzling experience that brings something special to the genre.
Etherborn is a great and unique puzzle-platformer with some smart level design and gorgeous views, thanks to its colourful, yet simple art style. It is a tad short and I would have liked to see a little bit more experimentation; however, Etherborn is clearly one of the better, more rewarding puzzle games in recent memory and well worth a playthrough.
Etherborn is at the moment a game at contrast with itself. It has some issues with cameras and in a puzzle game that really cannot be the case. On the other hand it is majestic in it’s own way and challenging enough that there is a real sense of achievement when playing it. I want it to be better than it is, but like what it is. A conundrum.
I found this game to be a fun little puzzler, with a basic concept (explore and solve puzzles with gravity direction changing) that's well executed. The art and music are awesome, and, even though I didn't understand everything, it also has an interesting story.
The only bad aspect is its duration: the game lasted about 2.5 hours for me. There's a "new game+" option once you finish it, but I haven't tried it yet and I don't know how's it different from the first playthrough.
SummaryEtherborn is an elegant leap in the gravity-puzzle genre, an environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures. Travel through beautiful and exotic locations, where each level is an organic puzzle to explore, manipulate and shift gravity on in order to decipher the way forward.