Pinstripe's spooky atmosphere will catch your eye, but its straightforward puzzles and clunky combat may cause you to look the other way.
Pinstripe isn't perfect, but it feels as if it nearly perfectly accomplishes what it sets out to do. It tells an emotional story with its own peculiar and disturbing flair. Like Dante seeking out Beatrice, Ted will walk through hell for Bo. That's something we can all empathize with on some level. That's what's worth fighting for.
Pinstripe is a delightful little game. It has a great narrative and colorful characters, at least in terms of style and flair. The art style is lovely and the music fits well, adding nice texture without ever being obtrusive. It may be a little on the short side in terms of content, but this is a budget title. I completed the game in around three or four hours.
Pinstripe is a beautiful creation in every sense of the word, pulling on your heartstrings like only your favourite storybook can, while competently providing a good deal of fun along the way. It's a little on the short side, both in terms of length and challenge (we only saw the 'game over' screen once thanks to reaching the final boss with very little health), but a game's length really isn't everything. It's what a game does in the few hours it spends with you that really counts, and Pinstripe does some pretty great things, making it an easy title to recommend.
Games can serve as an excellent vehicle for exploring heavy concepts like death, the loss of family, and forgiveness in a more digestible manner, and few games I have ever played prove that adage as much as Pinstripe. It may not be perfect, but the latest from Thomas Brush should absolutely be on the must-play list of any platformer/adventure game fan.
While "Pinstripe" can feel uneven at times, there's talent, full-of-heart here that's worthy of nurturing.
What it lacks in length and complexity, Pinstripe makes up for in narrative. It's a compelling story set in a beautiful world full of interesting characters, and that alone should be worth a look for most—even if there's really not much challenge to this puzzle-adventure game.
Pinstripe offers an oniric trip as the pastor Ted finds his way through death looking for his little girl Bo. Unfortunately, behind its beautiful backgrounds and melancolic soundtrack, Pinstripe frogot to be a solid platformer. Clumsy controls, basic puzzles and soporific fights forbid the player to experience its tearful message all the way through.
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Pinstripe stands out as a platformer which does not reinvent the wheel, but is quite ingenious in using well-known story themes as well as ideas for the gameplay.
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Pinstripe is a great puzzle\platformer with beautiful graphics, an awesome story and memorable characters. While I do wish the game was a little longer, it's hard to complain when it was made by one person over the course of 5 years. I highly recommend checking it out!
Even with its lightweight platforming and puzzles, Pinstripe remains an enjoyable and touching romp through Hell.
hese issues might be enough to discourage some gamers, but for most it will probably serve as a fantastic way to spend a long evening or a weekend where you’re in the mood for something a little more emotionally driven than your average game, because when you reach the ending, the final moments will likely melt away every annoyance from the last few hours.
When Pinstripe focuses on emotional storytelling and rich atmosphere, it presents a haunting-yet-beautiful adventure game that's worth playing. But when it tries to artificially pad its length with backtracking, that's when the game begins to drag itself down. With a unique setting and memorable characters, Pinstripe is an extremely short but unforgettable experience that will continue to linger in your mind long after it's over.
PSN Price (PlayStation 4): $14.99
I've spent hundreds of hours playing video games before now and, at the conclusion, felt good for having completed it… but it's those shorter games, games like Pinstripe, that stick out in my mind as having formed a real connection and left a lasting impression.
Despite some design missteps, Pinstripe is worth your time if you're a fan of games that bring the feels
Pinstripe is genuinely creepy, and takes some chances other games simply won't in terms of its story. Unfortunately, there are minor issues riddling this bizarre take on Hell that anyone venturing in should definitely know about. Definitely pick it up, but remember, you're venturing into Hell. Things are going to be rough, even if they weren't always supposed to be.
A fearsome atmosphere that comes to life thanks to great visual and audio design can't help Pinstripe fully overcome its dull and repetitive gameplay.
If Pinstripe were a film, I'd watch it and be glad that I did.