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  • Summary: Love is a universal feeling, but each of us experiences it in a different way. Solo — Islands of the Heart explores the theme of love in an introspective way, allowing players to identify and reflect on their own experiences.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 7, 2019
    88
    Solo: Islands of the Heart is one of the most unique games I’ve played to date. A hybrid between a box puzzle game and a love/relationship personality test, developer Merge Games has done an amazing job to make the collaboration feel very natural. Everything about this game seems to just fit, even though some elements are purely cosmetic or explained in great detail. Two small issues I do have with the game is the controls for the camera and the user interface. Neither is a deal-breaker, but a little bit of tweaking from the developer and a patch could quite easily improve these minor issues.
  2. Aug 2, 2019
    80
    Although often pretentious, Solo: Islands of the Heart contains a delightful living world that's a joy to interact with.
  3. Aug 6, 2019
    70
    If you’re a sentimental person, playing through Solo will undoubtedly make you think about your life and those you hold most dear. And even if you’re not quite the mushy type, the game’s to-the-point way of asking you questions will make you take a look inside yourself.
  4. Aug 13, 2019
    70
    Solo: Islands of the Heart on Xbox One is something of an enigma. The deep delve into the player’s love life is a risky one as many won’t even want to contemplate such thoughts when gaming and so the ‘story’ could be a non-event for some folk. On the plus side though, the visuals, the sounds and the puzzling goes hand in hand to create an experience that’s a challenge.
  5. Jul 29, 2019
    55
    Solo had the potential to be a fun 3D puzzle platforming game. It has a friendly artistic design and the music accompanies it very well by breaking the silence with its slow calm notes. But sadly, it comes packaged with a thought-provoking narrative around your ideas of love which can make you feel uncomfortable and could be detrimental to a relationship if played with your partner.
  6. Sep 9, 2019
    40
    The subject matter is deep, almost invasive. It might be something that actually helps you consider your own destiny. However, the actual gameplay is bad. There are easy puzzles then there are ones that slow down your progress, making you wonder if it’s worth continuing because the experience hasn’t been that great to begin with. It’s kind of bland and sometimes boring. Some may like the personalized questions that allow them to have a bit of self-discovery but usually games are an escape from reality. Instead, Solo: Islands of the Heart can actually bring back those memories. It really depends on your own life and experiences. If you’re happy and together with someone, the game will feel pretty pointless. If you’ve had your heartbroken or are alone, it may just highlight your failures instead.
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  1. Jul 31, 2019
    7
    Solo: Islands of the Heart is an introspective adventure themed around Love. Adventure the relaxing Archipelagos, and delve into Love, andSolo: Islands of the Heart is an introspective adventure themed around Love. Adventure the relaxing Archipelagos, and delve into Love, and your own perspective on it. The Music and environment are relaxing, in fact if you want to just chill and enjoy the view take a seat on a bench and reminisce. The art style is cute, and almost chibi in design. The story is deep, and involved, taking your own perspective into the narrative. The challenge of the game is the Puzzle like platforming, where you move boxes around, each with their own physics and function, to navigate the Islands of the archipelagos. The various creatures you meet might need help too, like the Puchuchus on each stage that need you to help them home to their own love. Just like love there is no Unique, right way, to solve the navigation problems, as I learned myself when an unfortunate situation made me have to replay a stage, and I found a far simpler way to pass an area that had before given me a problem. This story was designed to make you look into your psyche for answers, it's deep and does just that. Solo: Islands of the Heart is exactly what I was designed to be, and does a good job of it. If you need some introspect into love, this game is a good place to look. Expand