Illusion: A Tale of the Mind
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Developers: Frima Studio, Groupe PVP Inc.
Publisher: Koch Media
Genres: Puzzle, Adventure
Step into the shoes of a young girl named Emma and live her adventures as she is trapped inside the mind of a mad man.
Embark on her journey through the mind’s-eye of her captors, living in a fractured world of old memories and festering wounds, that paradoxically reveals itself to be also a place of great beauty and intrigue.
Embrace the Illusion!
• A sinister and touching story
• Breath-taking mind’s-eye levels
• Beauty and death melded via surrealist inspired art
• Dark tale scarred by the Great War
• Taste the horror of war and fragility of life
Illusion: A Tale of the Mind - Launch Trailer | PS4
Late in the game, one of the characters has a line where he says “I am a miserable, unfortunate man.” We can't think of a more perfect way to describe playing this title. From a team capable of making a game as exceptional as Fated: The Silent Oath, the quality of work, or lack thereof, on display here stings.
Illusion: A Tale of the Mind is a marvel to look at and enjoy from a puzzle standpoint. However, it starts to bog itself down with a quirky storyline that carries the action along well enough to start with, but becomes increasingly convoluted and eventually downright boring, to the point where the ending will leave most sighing with relief, which is a massive shame as the core gameplay is very intriguing to start with, but is dragged down by an over-reliance on switch-hitting towards the end.
So yes, Illusion is worth a run through if only for the environments and the story of Euclid alone. It’s not often that I get so invested in a storyline, but the tragedy that is Euclid is hard not to get wrapped up in, and I found myself putting up with the repetition and the tedium of the gameplay to find out more. So, if you want something like Limbo or Braid, go elsewhere. If you want to share in one of the most emotive stories I’ve ever seen, and some pretty environments to enjoy it in, then definitely give this hidden gem a go.