I am dead i am dead. I am dead. At the risk of getting a bit dark, it sounds like a bit, doesn’t it? A nice little way out for those unwanted conversations, invitations and in general for everyone. “What do you think of this political climate? “” I’m dead. “” Oh, sorry buddy. I didn’t notice. Don’t worry. ” It’s a license not to do anything.
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It almost feels perverse to dig into people’s memories and try to channel the mind of a deadly challenged individual only to doom them to an eternal fate guarding the volcano, but that’s the game. Of course we’re frivolous. I Am Dead is a sometimes touching and generally thoughtful exploration of loss, grief, and lasting memories that don’t quite Feedback as much as possible due to the occasional too twee writing and gameplay that doesn’t entirely obscure the fact that this is a glorified hidden object game. But there is still a lot to be earned. Exhume do you understand? Like a dead man.
I Am Dead’s meat-and-potato gameplay actually reminded us of Neil Buchanans whoever finds it may keep it Game show, but without the cheerful Liverpudlian host. Each “investigation” takes place in a kind of diorama, a cross-section of a living space in which you can move and turn in limited ways. You’re basically just a cursor that selects things, “snaps” objects into place, and zooms in to “cut” them, giving you some sort of incremental x-ray vision.
For example, if you cut into a tomato, you will see the segments, the pips, and the pulp. However, if you do the same to a person, you will remember the candidate for that “custodian” when the person you are mentally examining tells a story about their time with the deceased. These stories are interesting all around, generally emotional, and are characterized by strong character work.
The sense of community on Shelmerston is highlighted very clearly and pretty brilliantly by these little vignettes, but their gameplay leaves a little to be desired. You’ll get a distorted image and have to use the ZR and ZL buttons to simply slide the pieces into place like a kaleidoscope – not a challenge but an effective way to get the idea of a jumbled, jumbled memory up. Each of these sections focus on a specific object that you then have to find on the main stage – sometimes they are in sight, but more likely you will have to cut into something else to find your destination. Get it all and the action will move on, with more potential custodians to offer the position to.
I Am Dead is attractive throughout, with a colorful style that owes itself to being one little sometimes “indie game”. Granted, this isn’t the most defined review, but there are some titles now with this type of aesthetic style (Donut County comes to mind the quickest), so there’s not much of a “wow” factor. Even so, the graphics complement the gameplay and everything runs fine and smoothly on the Switch.
The controls can feel a little nervous, but there are no time constraints outside of some optional puzzles, so it’s not a big problem on a given playthrough. It’s not a long game – we limited it to about five hours, and that was pretty meandering, but there’s a lot to look for and hide in each scene and “Grenkins” that require quite specific disks to locate.
While the game’s writing is lovely in the memory scenes, we found the Morris and Sparky interplay a little at stake Bijou Page. Sparky’s extremely serious voice acting was of no use – although, if dogs, could Speak up, we suspect you would be as chipper and direct as you are. Granted, that’s a sucker, but this writer was a little irritated by the script where Morris – a British character – gets a lot of Americanisms, which is a bit irritating at times, and it got us a little bogged down. But we can’t let a few transatlantic curiosities spoil the fun of I Am Dead, can we?
I Am Dead is a very interesting game indeed. It’s not top-notch indie magic, but it’s a hiding sandpit that rewards you the deeper you go. It’s refreshingly rich in content, what to find with the Grenkins and puzzles to solve for dedicated gamers. A nice feel of place and strong graphics are only hurt by a few misguided attempts at quirkiness and a few minor control issues. Overall, however, I Am Dead makes us want the reaper’s sweet embrace. Wait no It’s just a pretty fun game. That’s it. Not the other. Good God.