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  • Summary: Stela is a cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 12, 2020
    90
    Stela is a nice break from the hectic shooters and other competitive style games. It opts for impeccable sounds and visual design in order to convey emotion throughout the three-hour playtime. But, don't let the overall length steer you away from something that's more akin to a short story than a full, AAA produced title. It's a worthy experience from start to finish, providing the right escape for those without a lot of free time on their hands.
  2. 80
    I’ve enjoyed my time playing Stela, and I don’t doubt that I’ll talk about it in the same breath as the Oddworld games or Heart of Darkness when going forward. While it lacks in the story department, and the PC version could do with and some texture work, it doubles-down in atmosphere and pacing. This is a stellar cinematic platformer which made me reminisce about the sub-genres’ early days. It’s undeniably not for everybody; people will be deterred by its numbing tension or willingness to kill, but it’s definitely one for those who enjoy environmentally pleasing puzzlers and don’t mind their games a smidge macabre.
  3. Jun 26, 2020
    70
    Stela was an excellent experience for me, I loved the atmosphere, music, storytelling, and found it very relaxing to play. The downsides though hold me back from recommending it for everyone. Between the very simple gameplay mechanics, at times temperamental controls, low difficulty (additional difficulty levels would have been nice), and short playtime you may be better off waiting for a sale. On the plus side if you are reading this review within a few days of its publishing date Stella is currently on the Steam summer sale for a great price. Hopefully, if the developers decide to make a sequel to the game they can improve and/or correct some of the issues noted above.
  4. Apr 1, 2020
    65
    Stela’s world decay, the desperation of its inhabitants and the environmental connotations that come along with them strikes a fine note and it’s supported by an engaging playstyle and attractive aesthetic — the problem is that several other games have walked the same path before it, and many of them do it better.
  5. CD-Action
    Apr 17, 2020
    60
    Although the story has good moments and is pleasantly surreal, it’s hard to empathise with the protagonist as her actions don’t make much sense. It doesn’t help that the game is rather short. [05/2020, p.51]
  6. Mar 26, 2020
    55
    Stela is a beautiful visual experience. The sound design is magnificent too and, together with the art direction, they create a beautiful world. But while it is not a bad game, it is bland and even boring. There is nothing special about Stela, specially if we compare it with all those similar platformers such as Limbo, Inside or even Another World.
  7. 50
    Despite stunning art and cinematography, Stela is ultimately held back by its brevity and oblique storytelling.

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  1. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    Best game ever and one of the best soundtraks I’ve ever heard in a game❤️❤️❤️
  2. Mar 19, 2020
    7
    Stela isn't a bad game but it's on the easy side of things. The story is non existent and even the pictograms display doesn't say much. InStela isn't a bad game but it's on the easy side of things. The story is non existent and even the pictograms display doesn't say much. In that sens, there is a lack of meaning and emotions into the game. The graphics are really nice but sometimes a bit fuzzy. The soundtrack is just simply amazing, one of the best for a budget game like this. In terms of gameplay, it's very simple. Made me think of EA's Flashback but with less smooth and depth. It's more like Princess Leia is running (no joke). I like some elements of hiding but they were few. Most of the puzzles are aim to a very young audience and can be solved easily for a young adult. The game is maybe 3-4 hours, I give it 68%. Nice game but maybe shallow. But if you like an amazing soundtrack you won't be disappointed. Expand