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  • Summary: “Massira” is a story driven, puzzle adventure game with a “low poly” style, where you will experience an unforgettable adventure in the shoes of a girl and her grandmother, who make a trip from Syria to Europe, all seen through the eyes of the little one. Oriented to a sensitive audience,“Massira” is a story driven, puzzle adventure game with a “low poly” style, where you will experience an unforgettable adventure in the shoes of a girl and her grandmother, who make a trip from Syria to Europe, all seen through the eyes of the little one. Oriented to a sensitive audience, with a taste for good stories, you can face reality while enjoying yourself as a child again thanks to its artistic style. Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 80
    A sympathetic interpretation of the trials and tribulations of a Syrian refugee. An unexpected surprise.
  2. Feb 27, 2019
    68
    Massira Whispers from the desert is a game about Syrian refugees, which is quite simple in its mechanics, but displays a strong message and an interesting artistic approach.
  3. Mar 2, 2019
    65
    Massira is a title that tries to reflect the experiences of the Syrian refugees. A risky bet due to the complexity of the message, which has been deployed efficiently despite an unrefined control system and thanks to well-chosen playable mechanics.
  4. 60
    It still tells a potent, important story, and looks the part, but I fear the only thing people are going to notice as they play is how unrefined and often downright irritating they find the button-pressing bits, because they are so poor they completely overwhelm the stuff that players should be focusing on instead.
  5. 60
    Massira offers up nothing for an adult looking for a new narrative-adventure game to sink their teeth into. It's narrative is intriguing but has no payoff and its gameplay is bland and, at times, poorly designed. However, if you have a child, sit down with them and play Massira for a few hours. The game will give them an insight into the Syrian Refugee Crisis in an approachable and kid-friendly way.
  6. Feb 28, 2019
    50
    Massira has a good heart and compelling visuals, but the story and the message it offers within are all but lost in what is a deeply unrefined and mediocre game.
  7. Mar 4, 2019
    40
    Massira tries to tell a story about how being a refugee feels. This could potentially make for a highly original and creative game, but unfortunately Massira is neither. Mediocre platforming action with a remarkable yet unpolished visual design best describes this game. The controls are far too sensitive for a platformer which is a cardinal sin in this genre. The message the game tries to convey doesn't suit the gameplay either which makes for a strange and uneventful experience. The only good thing Massira has going for it, is it's music.
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  1. Sep 18, 2019
    5
    Massira
    A broken game that will break your heart
    Massira is a 3 hour long puzzle platforming adventure game where you play as Numi, A
    Massira
    A broken game that will break your heart
    Massira is a 3 hour long puzzle platforming adventure game where you play as Numi, A little girl and refugee who after a bombing seeks to escape Syria to europe with her grandmother
    This isn’t really an enjoyable game, but it is one I can appreciate…
    Youre youll go through a variety of different levels with their own feel
    Youll be controlling mostly numi but occasionally youll also take control of her grandmother through stealth sections, platforming sections, simple quest sections, puzzles ections..
    There is so much variety here in Massira
    Unfotunately that variety doesn’t quite stop the game from feeling like it drags a bit…
    Overall the gamepay is very stiff, the challenging comes from fighting the mechanics
    The platforming to the bugs.. these are the hurdles you have to hop to reach this games end…
    The platforming brought back the frustration of the ps1 and ps2 days, sliding off of platforms as they move up for example, invisible holes in the ground, rocks in the way of your jumping..
    The most infurating part of Massira though is the lack of any sort of checkpoint system…
    I ran into numerous bugs during the refugee camp section of the game, and instead of simply backing out to the main menu and continuing from where I left off…
    The entire level resets itself.. bug after bug after bug….
    Thankfully levels here are very quick to go through…. But it would’ve been nice of the game to remember I already fixed the wells and found the lost dogs in the camp 3 times
    Overall Massira is an impactful game with a heartbreaking story…
    I just wish the gameplay though varied and magical at time… matched the potential of the story…
    I give Massira
    a 5/10
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