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The Inner Friend

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Available on:PlayStation 42018
Xbox One2018
PCSep 6, 2018

Developer: PLAYMIND

Genre: Adventure

Dive in and remember... Led by a mysterious Shadow, face fears and nightmares inhabiting its materialized subconscious universe. Dive into a unique and eerie world to relive the Shadow’s childhood memories and overcome them to restore what was once a safe haven. You’ll journey ever deeper through the subconscious to unravel a rich but wordless story and encounter gruesome beings that you must evade. Ultimately, however, you will have to face them. The Inner Friend features a rich visual environment, supported by an immersive soundscape and a cinematic soundtrack enhancing immersion and emotional moments. Movement, imagery, and music are the main ways for the player to interact with the Shadow, their guide throughout the descent. Dark and scary, mysterious at times, the world of The Inner Friend is a surrealist representation of memories and fears. Features IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING : Immerse yourself in a visually-driven narrative with a minimalist interface. AN EERIE ADVENTURE : Journey through a surreal world inspired by childhood nightmares and psychology. DIVERSE GAMEPLAY MECHANICS : Overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and defeat nightmarish foes. RECONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD : Earn the Shadow’s trust to unlock new challenges and pieces of the story. COLLECT ALL ARTIFACTS : Rebuild the Shadow’s safe haven to save him from his darkest fears.

The Inner Friend Reviews

In short, The Inner Friend is enjoyable, if not much too short title that is open to interpretation in its story. This game is worth a play if you can scrounge up the cash. The experience alone is worth picking it up. And yet, PLAYMIND could have explored so much with this idea.

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The Inner Friend was in much need of adding risk to its puzzles and encounters, if it hoped to create the eerie, unsettling atmosphere of which its subject matter and visual design are more than capable.

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A glimpse at something greater.

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The Inner Friend is a dreamlike walk through a child's mind and way of seeing the world. Its artistic design is impressive and encourages us to keep going through the spectacular levels. It suffers some wear and tear around the middle of the game and has several aspects to improve, but its duration will make us not want to stop until it is finished.

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