The Plane Effect

Studio Kiku, Innovina Interactive, PQube

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
57
Top Critic Average
17%
Critics Recommend
Based on 6 critic reviews
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The Plane Effect

Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

57

Top Critic Average

17%

Critics Recommend

Based on 6 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox Series X/SSep 23, 2021
PlayStation 5Sep 23, 2021
Xbox OneSep 23, 2021
PlayStation 4Sep 23, 2021
Nintendo SwitchSep 23, 2021
PCSep 23, 2021

Developers: Studio Kiku, Innovina Interactive

Publisher: PQube

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle

A time-and-mind bending adventure game... It's your final day at the office, it is time to clock out and return home - loomed over by a cosmic anomaly with an oppressive, otherworldly force. Helpless over the cosmos, all you know is that you must return to your family, as soon as you can. Find your way home by any means... As you progress through the dystopic cityscape, you quickly realise all is not as it should be. Did it always take this long? Were the streets always a labyrinth? Where even is "home"? All you know is that you must keep pushing ever onwards, you must keep going. Navigate through a dystopian society Navigate beautifully and elaborately designed, otherworldly environments and solve unusual puzzles to keep Solo moving through each area. Players have the option to figure out puzzles step-by-step with no hints, or activate a little guidance on your impossible journey through 'Assisted-Mode'. A sinister presence follows Keep Solo moving. Onwards, to his family, back home. Do not stop, do not turn back. Is Solo being watched?

The Plane Effect Critic Reviews

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The Plane Effect tries its best to be interesting but unfortunately fails to provide any entertainment value in what's ultimately a pretentious, self-centred affair. Gaming is supposed to be a form of escapism, yet this one simulates the depressing tedium of a 9-5 cubicle job a little too well.

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Anyhow, I won't forget The Plane Effect in a hurry. As a game it sucks, and I'm being blunt about that because I don't think it matters. To me, a great work of art is one that encourages reflection, has an emotional resonance, and has a strong message and lesson to share. Set against that criteria, The Plane Effect might not be a great game, but it is a superb work of art. That is so much more important to me.

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Still, even with its frustrations, there’s something alluring about The Plane Effect. Its art style, its eerie and slightly unsettling soundtrack, its dystopian sci-fi vibe; it all leaves you with questions that you’ll be desperate to get answers for. It’s just a shame that the gameplay you’ll need to endure in an attempt to uncover those answers isn’t as enjoyable as it could be.

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The Plane Effect is an art exhibit malformed into a game that could have been a beautiful and provoking experience to passively watch.

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The Plane Effect - 'A Journey' Trailer

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