Because of everything that is spectacular about Silt – its stunning art style, atmospheric environments, and pensive story – I wanted to love this game. It just wouldn’t let me. Exasperating puzzles with little guidance frequently slowed my progress to a halt and left me banging my head against a wall. Even so, I still encourage players to pick up the title, if for no other reason than to experience so gorgeous a game.
Its flaws make it stay a few steps below the games in which it is inspired, but the oppressive setting and the mechanics of possession make Silt a more than recommended option for lovers of these surreal games.
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Silt is a beautiful looking game, but the sluggish movement and lack of checkpointing make it hard to recommend.
Silt has immaculate undersea monster vibes, but finicky puzzle solutions and ungenerous checkpointing make them hard to properly enjoy.
The debut puzzler from Spiral Circus delves into the mysteries and fears that lurk in the deep
Silt is a unique game that perfectly blends the themes of horror and isolation. Due to the abominations that manifest within, unease spreads throughout and you will second-guess every narrow path. The wonderful puzzles offer a suitable level of challenge which will you keep you content. Even though the movement is a little rigid and it is relatively short, it’s a brilliant experience that taps into the darkest, depths of thalassophobia.
Spiral Circus creates a spellbinding world of undersea dread and wonder with Silt. From the distinct hand-drawn visual style to the ambiguous mystery of its protagonist and setting, this is an engrossing experience only marred by sparse checkpointing.
It takes nothing away from the real triumph Silt is, though, with stunning visuals, disturbing sound cues, and an enjoyable gameplay loop. Silt represents what's so special about indies: a great game just outside the norm.
All barnacles, salty sea life, and rusty, otherworldly machinery, Silt is an underwater odyssey filled with murky mystery and some pretty neat puzzles. In a nutshell, it's sort of like Limbo, but in the ocean.
Spiral Circus' first game makes a great splash with its atmosphere and art style, but design and story limitations anchor its true potential.
The strength of Silt is in the atmosphere it creates. The art and the sound provide a horror-like vibe to this adventure puzzle game. And both of those aspects will pull you into the weird and mysterious world that Silt creates. The game doesn't hold your hand in any of the puzzles. And while most times this isn't an issue, as the puzzles are reasonably short and contained, it's the lengthier ones where this can cause some frustration. Overall, Silt provides a unique experience, just not a perfect one.
Silt is a very solid 2D adventure game. It is elevated by its powerful verisimilitude in its art and gripping sound design. Fans of surreal adventures with a vague story that is open to interpretation and 2D puzzling gameplay should check this one out.
SILT successfully conjures a dark and unnerving underwater atmosphere, and fans of similar titles should be satisfied - though it's a case of style over substance, as the gameplay largely falls flat.
Things picked up with the ending, but Silt‘s bosses are in sore need of an overhaul. Thankfully, Silt has plenty of stand-out encounters to help erase the memory of those few middling ones. If you’ve the remotest interest in what lies below, this atmospheric aquatic outing is well worth diving into.
Overall SILT is an interesting experience in atmospheric puzzle gaming. The underwater sound design muffling everything around you manages to immerse you into the sea bottom world as you solve the well designed puzzles throughout. There are a few areas near the very end of the game that get frustrating, but I could count the number of rooms like that on one hand. If you like something creepy, something that gets the gears in your brain turning, or for some reason just like the scary part of the ocean, you should definitely slap on a diving suit and jump headfirst into SILT.
Silt is a very beautiful and quite simple game, but with the right level of difficulty and entertainment. Still, in a few hours it is possible to finish it. The game is focused on the puzzles, so the story unfortunately doesn't get all the attention it deserves.
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Puzzles using divers, deep-sea and possession succeed to increase immersion in early game. The atmospheric monochrome graphic and heart-warming soundtracks are also unforgettable. However, the puzzles are a bit too much simple and repetitive, as well as the narrative seems to fail keeping the tension till the end.
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Silt is the beginning of what will hopefully become a fresh new studio in indie gaming. The visual comparison to games like Limbo will soon be forgotten I’m sure. Silt is an indie game with its own nightmarish rules and a subtle logic. There is challenge to be had in its puzzles, so if mind-bending nightmares are your thing, and if you like the thought of possessing and sucking up the souls of giant creatures then hopefully you also think it deserves the award below.
Even though SILT is truly beautiful, it is a little too simplistic and finicky. Despite all of this criticism, the visual presentation, moody atmosphere, and interesting, if underutilized, possession mechanic makes SILT quite the experience that can be recommended with some strong caveats attached.