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  • Summary: Pneuma: Breath of Life requires you to think outside the box via a narrated story of self-discovery, whilst exploring the ontological mystery of the breath of life.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mar 9, 2015
    90
    A wonderful entry into the first person puzzle solving genre and whilst other games do individual elements better, Pneuma nails it as a package.
  2. Feb 27, 2015
    70
    Pneuma: Breath of Life didn't completely rock our world, but it did make for a captivating and satisfying afternoon in front of the television.
  3. Jan 31, 2016
    70
    To me Pneuma: Breath of Life felt more like a taster of what could have been a huge puzzle game. Not to say the game wasn’t a success, from what we can see the game works very well with new innovative puzzles – I just wish there could have been more!
  4. Mar 2, 2015
    60
    Pneuma's appeal lies in its successful creation of a world that inspires at least some curiosity as to exactly why you're there, openly challenging the various incongruities of game design and world-building in its discussion of the player's role.
  5. Apr 12, 2015
    60
    Breath of Life will have its fervent champions, but it won't go supernova. [Issue#159, p.113]
  6. Mar 6, 2015
    60
    A beautiful walk that sometimes forgets to be a videogame becoming boring in a way. Short and plain aside from its interesting premise.
  7. Feb 26, 2015
    45
    Pneuma: Breath of Life should have been the kind of game you turn to between Call of Duty sessions, but instead it's a slightly insipid, short-lived and ultimately disposable puzzler. Console gamers like us are crying out for games like these, but Pneuma really isn't it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Dec 30, 2019
    10
    I give this a perfect ten because the puzzles are good. Some hard one some easy ones. But that’s not what you pick this game up for. You pickI give this a perfect ten because the puzzles are good. Some hard one some easy ones. But that’s not what you pick this game up for. You pick it up for the dialogue. It’s an elaborate commentary on life and God. The symbolism is everywhere for this being about Christianity as there are lots of biblical images scattered throughout the game. But other than the character you control is nothing to break grounds but his journey from thinking he’s god to the end is something that’s made me play this game over and over again. And the final puzzle he leaves the player with is something I think about a lot. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2015
    9
    Great great game. For anyone that likes to think and not only move and shoot, this is a great game with an exciting narrative and a greatGreat great game. For anyone that likes to think and not only move and shoot, this is a great game with an exciting narrative and a great ending. On the technical side, there are some problems like low resolution textures, some frame drops and extremely long loading screens.

    In any way, this doesn't prevent the author of this puzzler of telling a great story with some clever puzzles. I recommend everyone to at least give a try to this game.
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  3. May 21, 2020
    9
    Beautifull "unreal engine 4" graphics, immersive atmosphere, charismatic main char and a very excite plot.
  4. Nov 30, 2015
    8
    Pneuma is a great puzzle game, the graphics were good too! 8/10 because I found the game a little bit repetitive with the puzzles but it'sPneuma is a great puzzle game, the graphics were good too! 8/10 because I found the game a little bit repetitive with the puzzles but it's still a great game. Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2015
    7
    Intriguing, philosophical, frustrating but mostly wonderful.
    Pneuma is a bit of an anomaly. Looking at it through the perspective of a
    Intriguing, philosophical, frustrating but mostly wonderful.
    Pneuma is a bit of an anomaly. Looking at it through the perspective of a 'puzzle' game, it's pretty standard (although set in a beautiful, immense temple indicative of ancient Rome), but as a whole package, this game is something special.

    Some of the puzzles are fairly straight forward, but many others are extremely frustrating! But that's a good thing because the last thing you want, when playing a game like this, is to be able to walk through completely unchallenged. Another good point is the variety of puzzles, yes almost all of them are to do with looking at things and changing your perspective to adjust the puzzles, no two puzzles are the same which adds a new challenge to every single puzzle.

    Throughout the game, you play as some sort of unseen thing that believes himself a god. This god you play as has a voice, of course, which adds a lot of interesting, occasionally humorous, subtext to the game. The voice acting is marvellously done and really does feel like he (yes, the Pneuma god 's a he... and English!) is experiencing this world for the very first time. Not only does the voice acting add a running commentary to your actions and progress through the game, it also brings up many philosophical questions for the player to ponder over.

    The world of Pneuma is truly beautiful and boasts some impressive visuals. Built using Unreal Engine 4, the marble and gold that lines most rooms glimmers and shines like nothing I've seen before! The outside areas aren't quite as stunning as the inside areas, but they are still fairly impressive. The game is also exceptionally serene and calming compared to a lot of gun-in-hand, jetpack jumping and occasional tea-bagging games we see coming out at the moment, and it makes you wish you could be there in real life throughout the entire 2-4 hours play-through.

    Things, however, do start to get a little weird later on in the game. Not only does your god character start saying things like '...what if my movements aren't my own? Does that mean I'm still me? Or perhaps I am merely a spectator?', but the endless idea that 'Well I AM a god, so why can't I walk through walls?' or 'Why do I have to do these puzzles if i'm the all powerful?'. However things soon become clear as you reach the final area. Suddenly, the game that was about solving problems whilst listening to and ever-talking god becomes a project that explores the meaning of humanity and the idea of existence! It all becomes very, VERY weird! But, after the final monologue, and we are returned to the title menu, it all makes a lot of sense!

    I, for one, really did love this game! Yes, it may be short for a £15 game, but the visual design is spectacular I i'm a sucker for these more 'philosophical' games. Even if your not into the whole 'meaning of life' stuff, the game is fun! And if your just looking for quick achievements, 8 of the 11 are achieved just by completing the game (7 100G, and 1 150G) which could give you 850G in just a couple of hours! Either way, it really is worth giving it a go!
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  6. Nov 2, 2015
    6
    I like a good puzzle game, and overall, Pneuma is a potentially good puzzle game. The puzzles start off incredibly easy, then get slightlyI like a good puzzle game, and overall, Pneuma is a potentially good puzzle game. The puzzles start off incredibly easy, then get slightly easy, then easy, then the game finishes. Oh. It is satisfying, in that how quickly you complete it will make you think you're a (puzzle) god, as our protagonist thinks he is for most of the game. You're not though. This game is very easy, and you'll have at least 850 gamerscore in less than 2hrs. There was one puzzle that stumped me, which was awkward even when knowing what to do.
    It's pretty, as long as you don't look closely at some objects, and the end is interesting....at best.
    If you got it free in November 2015 Games with Gold or you get it for an incredibly low price, it's worth it, just don't expect any long experience or absolutely any replayability.
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  7. Jul 12, 2019
    2
    This game feels like a complete waste of time. It all seems so lifeless. There isn’t much incentive to solve the puzzles and the entire gameThis game feels like a complete waste of time. It all seems so lifeless. There isn’t much incentive to solve the puzzles and the entire game feels like it’s lacking a depth element. The game feels so redundant and empty and the voice of your player constantly is going on and on about nonsense... practically destroying your sense of thought. This game seems like it was unfinished when they released it, as if something is missing. Expand

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