Blog / New Yorker-wannabe Yesterday’s Salad, has posted some quite articulate reviews of Linus and Anna.
The Anna review points out the game’s roots in classic speculative fiction and gives nice props all around.
The graphics do a perfect job of setting the mood. Set in gray-scale with smooth (but spartan) animations and parallax, the overall effect is a kind of neo-noir, perfectly conveying the sterility of the clean-room in which Annaâ€™s hardware is housed (and the action is set). The audio is similarly sparse, but it evokes a definite claustrophobia; perfect for when the computer controlling the life support on your tiny space station is shutting down or on the verge of going bonkers.
The Linus review takes a different tact, offering two side by side reviews to mimic the game itself. One reviewer quite positive, the other having fun and calling me pretentious. It’s a pretty funny read.
Admittedly, the graphics are nice. Yet, whatâ€™s with putting half of the game in Japanese? Does he figure that most gamers worth their salt have worn through the Criterion Collectionâ€™s Kurosawa archive? Or perhaps he thinks that the average gamerâ€™s brain is made of Twiglets and is relatively pliable? Seriously, though the independent-gaming press seems to be eating this game up, I canâ€™t help but wonder if itâ€™s just because they donâ€™t â€œgetâ€ the game and are deathly afraid of appearing that way.
Yesterday’s Salad has become the number one site for freeware adventure reviews lately. I’m looking forward to lots more!