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Weakless's muddled execution soils the seeds it sowed with its captivating concept. The friendly dynamic between lead characters Blind and Deaf is underdeveloped, courtesy of undercooked mechanics and puzzles.
Weakless is not exactly a masterpiece, but it is a beautiful little game with an undeniable amount of charm and a heartfelt message. The game tells a story of the beauty of nature and perseverance through friendship. The narrative is kept to a minimum to ensure you experience its themes and concepts through the gameplay, which is a lot of fun despite some glaring rough edges.
Weakless is a good idea that hasn't been fully realized. The idea of different game perspectives is well thought-out, but everything else is content to be mediocre. From the puzzles to the stages to the story, everything feels familiar and disposable, with no one element to make up for another's shortcomings. It isn't a terrible title if you can overlook some of the bugs, but Weakless is certainly a title that would be better suited for a subscription service as opposed to full ownership.
Weakless is a very short game with very easy puzzles. It is set in a beautiful world with good but repetitive music. It has unique characters that forces players to play as both a blind and a deaf character which I found to be very different and fun.
Other than the common camera issues, Weakless is an interesting experience that does a great job of expressing two characters and how they view the world. Sight and sound are senses that are often taken for granted in other titles, so having an adventure that allows both, but not at the same time, makes for an interesting puzzler. Puzzles aren't too extreme and are easy to figure out and solve. Rather than treating this as a 'game,' think of it more as an experience instead, as it does away with the typical game-y aspects, to focus on exploring a world with the sensory disadvantages.
Overall, while the story was quite linear and while I didn't always like the music combinations, I absolutely enjoyed the experience and the story. If I could make any real criticism about Weakless it would be that the sound and light puzzle at the end of the game wasn't a more prevalent feature shown earlier in the game. I also loved that if players made it to the end of the game, they were rewarded. As such, Weakless earns an 8.5 out of 10 for me.
Even though Weakless offers only about 2 hours of gameplay, it is definitely worth a try - mainly because of it's game mechanics that are truly unique. Moreover, any technical flaws are not terrible enough to ruin the experience of a good game.
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Weakless has fundamentally solid roots but inconsistent design causes this experience to wither on the vine.
Weakless embraces beautiful scenery and complex puzzles but ends right as things are getting interesting.
Weakless is an ambitious game about nature fighting back against the civilization trying to exploit it. Unfortunately all the potential the game has is being killed by technical problems and lack of polish.
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