The Sojourn Reviews
A few puzzles are exhilarating to decipher, but too many others beat the concepts into the ground through repetition without offering enough to keep the solutions fresh
Lame story aside, The Sojourn is a satisfying puzzle game. This debut effort from Shifting Tides isn’t going to reinvent the genre, but it certainly has a place for fans of puzzle games and The Talos Principle.
The Sojourn blends interesting puzzles with a strong narrative. There are a couple of issues but they shouldn't ruin the overall enjoyment.
The Sojourn is a well-made puzzle game with a firm challenge and fresh mechanics layered in throughout, but the symbolism draped over it all is vague and boring.
The Sojourn is a peaceful yet thought-provoking puzzle game with beautiful visuals. The only bits of story are told through dioramas, so it isn't spelled out for you. With a sense of wonder and interesting puzzle mechanics, you'll have a great time seeing how clever you truly are.
The Sojourn is the equivalent of one of those big books of crosswords you can buy at the supermarket check-out. Its puzzles are well-constructed and provide a nice mental workout, but they're all rather one-note, and the game's world is dry as toast. If you're a hardcore puzzle nerd, give The Sojourn a shot, but those expecting to be taken on a deeper journey may be disappointed.
It's not exactly original, but The Sojourn is a solid puzzler with well designed levels and some nice ideas.
The Sojourn is one of the best games of the year and one of the best puzzle games available, if not the best. Every single puzzle is meticulously designed and challenges you in satisfying ways, without ever feeling impossible. Carefully crafted, beautiful levels. An uplifting, philosophical story that asks you to reflect upon your actions and the world around you. All of these ingredients create an experience like no other and a game you will be thinking about even after the credits have rolled.
The Sojourn is a well-designed, thought-provoking first-person puzzle title, with colorful scenery and magical soundtrack.
The Sojourn is a well-designed, thought-provoking first-person puzzle title, with colorful scenery and magical soundtrack. The guiding narrative about self-reflection and discovery told through blindfolded statues, and the scrolls are subtle enough to get the point across and profound sufficient if you look inward upon yourself while playing. The slow pacing of the game is almost metaphoric to life, giving you a reason to slow things down, take it all in, and live in the moment.
The Sojourn is a competent and technically apt puzzler, but one which feels oddly empty.
The Sojourn has an effective story and occasionally rewarding gameplay, but its inconsistencies in gameplay, pacing, and progression make it less than the sum of its parts.
The Sojourn, despite its beauty and competent game mechanics, suffers from pacing issues and a lack of purpose. An impressive package initially, the game shows its cracks as it presses on.
The Sojourn is a gorgeous first-person puzzler bursting with clever design and a rich atmosphere.
The Sojourn is a bizarre game. While not feeling like it pushes any kind of boundaries, it manages to put forward something new and interesting. Utilising simple graphics and an easy to grasp puzzling concept, it's incredibly easy to jump into, whether you're wanting to lose a few minutes or a few hours.
The Sojourn is definitely one of the best and well-designed Iranian games. It has great artistic world and genuine puzzles, even compared to best games in the world. But two main reasons made it fail. One, separating the story from the puzzles completely, which damage the storytelling and the Second, low quality of side puzzles which have putted in the game with no creativity and has no worthy rewards for solving them
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The Sojourn is a well-made, standard puzzle game that every fan of the genre should try it.
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If you enjoy these types of games you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck in The Sojourn.
The Sojourn is an average, middle-of-the-road puzzler, that struggles to be memorable after the first few hours. There are interesting ideas here, both in terms of gameplay and aesthetic. However, they both suffer from the same problem, which is unfortunate repetition.
The Sojourn elevates simple mechanics and creative level design to create a thoroughly enjoyable puzzling experience and a game any fan of the genre should play.