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  • Summary: A weird tale of otherworldly mystery

    Call of the Sea is a first-person adventure puzzle game set in the 1930s that tells the story of Norah, a woman on the trail of her missing husband's expedition. The search takes place on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, filled with
    A weird tale of otherworldly mystery

    Call of the Sea is a first-person adventure puzzle game set in the 1930s that tells the story of Norah, a woman on the trail of her missing husband's expedition. The search takes place on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, filled with secrets waiting to be unearthed. It is an otherworldly tale of mystery, adventure, and self-discovery.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 10, 2021
    88
    Call of the Sea has plenty to offer puzzle and walking sim fans alike. The story kept me going even when the puzzles felt difficult and excessive. The puzzles can be tough and seem unfair at times, but overall feel very solid in how they were crafted. The conclusion to the story of Nora, her illness, the previous expedition, and the true nature of the island left a satisfying feeling once I had completed it.
  2. 80
    Call of the Sea puts all its eggs into its puzzles. They're fun to solve and feel as rewarding as slaying a boss in some of the most difficult games. The mysterious island Norah explores is gorgeous and full of mysteries that even Nathan Drake would appreciate. It's just a shame that its narrative is such a letdown. Norah may be the main character but I think Harry's adventure would have made a more compelling narrative.
  3. Jun 8, 2021
    75
    Call of the Sea is a beautiful adventure, and the first thing that will draw you in is undeniably the gorgeous visuals. The gameplay may not be perfect and the story may be a one-time experience, but the game still is worth a playthrough. The atmosphere of the game is an engaging one, though it will make you feel as safe as a baby in a cradle. If you are a fan of the Lovecraftian universe though, you might leave disappointed. The game lacks all the heavy and tormenting atmosphere that made famous the works of the American author. Call of the Sea remains an adventure game that will be enjoyed by the fans of this genre.
  4. 70
    Call of the Sea is a case of great plot, beautiful surroundings, mixed puzzles. Some puzzles require such leaps of logic that you may struggle to progress. Despite that, this is worthy.
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    May 29, 2021
    70
    What we saw as we sailed by was delightful, but not quite enough to make us want to drop anchor for long. Chart for exploration at your own discretion. [Issue#2, p.82]
  6. May 11, 2021
    60
    Aesthetically, the game looks really pretty and is totally evocative of its 1930s setting. The game is plagued with hammy dialogue that makes it feel totally campy and like an old B-movie, but not altogether terrible when coupled with the Lovecraftian influence it draws on. Call of the Sea is a mostly fun puzzle game that falls short on the mystery it tries to have you unveil. While it looks aesthetically pleasing and ticks a lot of boxes for its period setting, the story is lacklustre and predictable.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 30, 2022
    10
    This is definitely a puzzle game heavy on plot and exploration. Similar to point-and-click puzzle systems, there’s a wide enough variety andThis is definitely a puzzle game heavy on plot and exploration. Similar to point-and-click puzzle systems, there’s a wide enough variety and especially deep enough difficulty curves during later chapters to quality as more than just a narrative adventure. While the voice acting can certainly be overbearing and campy, it really contributes to the Lovecraftian atmosphere the game is striving for. This is honestly one of my favourite indie games of all time. It was the first game I ever bought immediately after trying it on game pass. I just ordered to import a physical version of a PS5 copy because it was such an incredible experience. I really think it deserves a higher rating and I’m looking forward to what the studio can bring in the future if they keep exploring this genre. Expand
  2. May 18, 2021
    10
    This game is a gorgeous masterpiece that does nothing wrong. The game is slower paced with lots of puzzles and the game doesn't hold your handThis game is a gorgeous masterpiece that does nothing wrong. The game is slower paced with lots of puzzles and the game doesn't hold your hand on a single one. There's times within the game where you will just stop to take in the amazing visuals of the game. The game's story is also very well done and overall amazing and it's quite crazy to me how no one else is talking about this absolute masterpiece of a game. If you came here to look at the reviews to see if this is a must play than I have good news for you this game is absolutely a must play for anyone who likes a good story with challenging puzzles! So get out there and play this masterpiece of a game! Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2021
    9
    Excellent, gorgeour but challenging game :)
    If you have Gamepass, just play the game.
  4. Jun 1, 2021
    8
    This game is so so amazing, I’ve finished it 100% to claim the Platinum Trophy, I loved the artwork, the environment, the storyline, and theThis game is so so amazing, I’ve finished it 100% to claim the Platinum Trophy, I loved the artwork, the environment, the storyline, and the puzzles, they are made cleverly and some of them are beautifully intricate especially the one with the linguistic runic on the final part of chapter 4, as a linguistic student I loved that part so much and I was having fun solving it, thank you for reading my comment and hope you to have a wonderful day and adventure ♥️ Expand