The science fiction visual novel about finding your loved ones in a world in ruin. Beautifully drawn and flawlessly scored, The Mind’s Eclipse is an emotionally driven narrative that’ll leave you wanting to search every nook and cranny for all the answers.
You play as Jonathan Campbell who’s just lost his wife. How she died, however, is unknown at this point. Your memories are fragmented and your only guide is an A.I. named L. She too, is trapped with you when you wake.
You wake in a hospital bed by L, who’s eager to get you up and out of the hospital. She explains that the air you’re breathing is in short supply. In other words, if the two of you don’t leave and leave quickly, you both will be dead from asphyxiation.
The game features a full interactive environment. Clicking on items, surfaces, places and other things of interest bring up either something to collect, something to read or something about the object in question. The items/objects will appear pixelated or blurred and clicking on it may yield information for you.
You move Jonathan by selecting move, selecting the ends of corridors and highlighting the corresponding area you wish to go and clicking it. This may seem tedious for some but this does give the player the opportunity to scan the map and hover over other areas of interest that may or may not be able to explore.
The art is messy. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s perfect. It fits this bleak and desolate world like a glove. DK Yingst is the artist behind the madness and does a fantastic job of drawing a dilapidated and derelict world cloaked in mystery. There is no color as it’s done on a monochromatic scale and as it is, I wouldn’t change it. The lack of color makes the game world seem lifeless. In this particular case, it is. The world around you is in ruin and this color scheme and style make it a lot less welcoming and that much more frightening.
The musical score is composed by Ryan Baxter. The tunes that lull you into the game are creepy, they’re sometimes upbeat, and other times, they’re downright terrifying. From disembodied voices to somber hymns, Ryan does an excellent job at making this atmospheric visual novel one to remember. No tune is out of place or grating. Each sound and musical piece works well with the action or scene you’re in. It brings about a state of unease and sometimes dread as you wander the corridors of this abandoned hospital.
L is your A.I. friend. She knows something. I know she does. She might not known it now, but she’ll remember something later. I’m calling it now. 🙂 L can be quirky with her quips and retorts. While other times, she can express genuine fear and sadness. Such is a particular scene in this demo where you find a fellow A.I. L is shaken and for good reason. I like L. She brings about a bit of humanity to an otherwise controlling and cult-like world. A breath of fresh air to an otherwise empty existence.
The demo is 20 minutes or so, depending on how you play or if you read all the pieces of information you find. It gives you an idea of what to expect the game to play like and it does a great job doing so. It’s not too long and it’s not too short. It’s just right enough to get your feet wet.
Head over to Steam Greenlight and check out the demo for The Mind’s Eclipse yourself. And see if you find yourself uncovering the mysteries of the Eclipse.
The Mind’s Eclipse Demo
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