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  • Summary: Overcome daunting challenges, treacherous terrain, and gargantuan beasts while traversing a decaying land. Manipulate the environment to solve elaborate puzzles and creep past dangerous creatures under cover of muted landscapes, all set to an original soundtrack in this cinematic,Overcome daunting challenges, treacherous terrain, and gargantuan beasts while traversing a decaying land. Manipulate the environment to solve elaborate puzzles and creep past dangerous creatures under cover of muted landscapes, all set to an original soundtrack in this cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 16, 2019
    100
    Stela is an epic poem of a game that plucks at the heart and makes you yearn for a world that you never knew existed. It’s what this wonderful medium of gaming should strive towards, and for me it’s very nearly the perfect experience.
  2. Apr 9, 2020
    85
    SkyBox Labs has done a great job with Stela when you look at it as a piece of art rather than a video game. That said, they haven’t messed up with the gameplay either. The only thing that could affect the beautiful art, the incredible music and the simple gameplay of Stela is the fact that it ends much sooner than it should.
  3. Oct 23, 2019
    77
    Stela is an ok game, a snack while you're waiting for more consistent meals. If you're a fan of the platforming & puzzle combo, you should give it a try.
  4. Oct 16, 2019
    70
    SkyBox Labs' Stela is a good title that shows off the undoubted abilities of its development team. It's not a masterpiece but bodes well for the future of the company that, after years of working behind the scenes, is ready to play a leading role.
  5. Oct 24, 2019
    70
    Including all unavoidable failures and retries, it only takes two hours to play Stela through. In that sense, the asking price of twenty bucks is a bit too steep. However, the game is well done and the gameplay focuses only on the essential as there’s nothing extra to distract you. There are plenty of similar games out here (Limbo, Inside and Little Nightmares to name a few) and despite somewhat unfortunately hollow emotional response, fans of the genre will find a competent puzzle-platformer in Stela. As of writing, no one has clocked the achievement for zero deaths during a playthrough so the game is a perfect challenge for die-hard completionists out there.
  6. Oct 16, 2019
    70
    Stela is similarly brief but also a fleeting experience that doesn’t make much of an impact while you’re playing or linger once you complete it mostly due to its hollow world. Even its strongest parts — like its deliberate platforming and dazzling visual flair — are diluted elements from Limbo and Inside, two games that it pulls from in nearly every aspect that make the parallels unavoidable.
  7. Oct 16, 2019
    55
    A good first step, but it leaves us dumbfounded in too many moments and on too many points.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    Best game ever and one of the best soundtraks I’ve ever heard in a game❤️❤️❤️
  2. Oct 18, 2019
    9
    Ok Stela... remember the game Limbo? Well I certainly can because it had a unique quality that I’d never experienced before and it remains oneOk Stela... remember the game Limbo? Well I certainly can because it had a unique quality that I’d never experienced before and it remains one of my favourite games of all time because still to this day I remember every event clearly. There’s been a few games since then that have taken the Limbo formula and done well with it and whilst they weren’t as good as Limbo they still were games that were worth playing. Stela is another game that has taken the Limbo formula and implemented it into its gameplay and in my opinion this is probably the best version to date that has been done since the original. I say this because it has the unique quality that was missing from the other games that tried to do what Limbo did and in the end this makes Stela unforgettable from start to finish and it was that good that I wish it was a little longer. What makes Stela so unforgettable? For starters the presentation in this game is simply perfect because both the beautiful visuals and sound design are very immersive to say the least and whilst there are no words present in the adventure you go on it still always manages to be interesting because of these aspects. In terms of the gameplay the best way I could describe this game is simple yet very effective. Each mechanic has been done well and they all combine together to create even more of an immersive atmosphere. Is Stela a copy of previous games like Limbo or Inside? A little of both. On the one hand it takes what was so good in the previous games and implements them into Stela’s gameplay. On the other hand though it also feels unique in its own right so I wouldn’t exactly call it a carbon copy instead I would call it a game that has used tried and tested formulas whilst also incorporating its own unique little tweaks here and there. Those of you who enjoyed the likes of Limbo and Inside should definitely get Stela because it’s definitely up there with them. Yes it isn’t as perfect as the previous games and it may not be as spectacular as them but if you’re a gamer that loves to be drawn in from start to finish then the different elements and presentation within this game will do just that, even tho like other games in the same genre when there over you're always wishing it was a bit longer game in the end. Expand