The best way to summarize Genesis Noir is that it is an art piece that is only possible in its medium. It is a beautiful experience full of emotional connections, and that is told genuinely and with such intelligence that it is deeply relatable. It is a profound experience and one wholly unique to the industry.
Genesis Noir is a sublime trip through the history of the universe. Feral Cat Den did a terrific job in terms of balancing scientific premises and mythic consequences developing a linear, but visionary, point and click experience, whose only little sin is to indulge sometimes in its own beauty.
As with many art-focused games, it’s painful to discuss a work’s aspirations and pretensions without degrading the ambition of its ideas, especially in an industry where art-games are often relegated to the sidelines of mainstream discourse. Genesis Noir is at once a remarkable creative achievement that embodies the best and brightest of the art-game genre. But as the game unfolds in all its zany glory, it also loses its way at the end–the message gets through, but the repetition becomes tedious. Perhaps the best way to reinvent the Big Bang isn’t in one harried review sitting. Play it slow and savor it.
Genesis Noir’s gorgeous graphics may be mostly in black and white, but its cosmic journey through Earth’s past is anything but, though at times it’s a little too convoluted to be as ingenious as it could have been.
Genesis Noir is a simple puzzler with point-and-click elements that are stripped back to reveal an engaging and beautiful story. It may be too easy and rather linear, but it's still a well presented game that'll keep you engaged throughout.
Genesis Noir stands out as an unique experience in the current landscape. There’s no argument there. However, for all of its gorgeous art, daring concepts and oblique storytelling, the gameplay and interaction required to succeed in this medium ends up failing to connect and doesn’t engage with the player in ways that feel significant.
Pretty verging on beautiful, but cold, hollow, and ultimately dull experience. No single gameplay element can be said to work well. The characters and plot are both incredibly thin (nobody does almost anything, almost nothing happens) and are told in wild abstractions such that it's hard to even say with certainty that anybody really interacted with anybody else in the entire game. Also, the game's sense of space and movement is absolutely **** Again, the visuals are nice, but not nearly nice enough to compensate for the extremely unrewarding, scattered gameplay. If this were a 15-minute (max) animated short, it might have worked to a degree. As it is, it's just a confused string of minigames.
This is an example of how indie games can go just a bit too far. Genesis Noir is visually striking but fails in every other department. It's simply not fun to play or explore. It's confusing most of the time, but not in ways that give way to pleasant discoveries or puzzle solving. More in the click on everything variety. And even when you stumble upon the way forward, you still don't really understand any of it.
It incorporates science concepts in an abstract and pretentious "Genesis" story to... uh... explain... uh... solve a murder? Something like that. It just doesn't make much sense. The "Noir" bit exists in the music and some of the visuals, but what's the point? It's not a noir story, really. It's just all over the place. If you extract meaning from it, good for you, but I'm pretty sure it's all coincidental.
Genesis Noir is the classic example of people assuming they should like something because it seems artsy and hard to understand and different. It's striking, artsy, minimalist visuals seems to be a trend these days with games like West of Loathing and Superhot. But the game still has to deliver in terms of being a game, or it's all frosting and no cake. And that's exactly the problem here.
SummaryA noir adventure spanning time and space. You play as No Man, a watch peddler caught in a love triangle with other cosmic beings, Miss Mass and Golden Boy. When your affair turns into a bitter confrontation, you will witness a gunshot fired by a jealous god—otherwise known as The Big Bang. Jump into the expanding universe and search for ...