Memoria is a point-and-click adventure game developed by Daedalic Entertainment that is set in a world where magic is everywhere, but it’s not always socially accepted. The main character of this game is a man who seeks to return the love of his life back to her original fairy / humanoid state. Trapped in the body of a bird, a Raven to be exact, Nuri is the inspiration behind everything you’ll do while playing as Geron. Gameplay scenes which flashback to an ancient time also tell a deeper context to the story which become immediately relevant as cascading events take place and see Geron getting in over his head as he tails the man he believes to be his only hope at returning Nuri to her original form.
During the ancient flashbacks you’ll play as Sadja, a mysterious princess hellbent on obtaining a sacred item in order to secure her place in history through the glory of winning wars. It is said that whoever holds this item will be able to undue any loss in battle, but its power seems to be far more complex than that. You will gain spells in very intriguing ways. Each magical character you encounter is on the borderline between demonic presence and mystical spirit guide.
It’s easy to get very stuck in this game, and it can make one want to just give up. Players will often spend hours and hours trying to figure out what to do next only to find out that it was something simple they overlooked. Being that this is a point and click adventure however, that is definitely meant to be part of the fun here. With use of creativity, critical thinking, scroll of the mouse wheel for fast changing the selected item / action to perform, and if necessary Combination Hint (lights up the item on the cursor when two items can be used together) the impossible eventually becomes easy.
Gameplay: The gameplay in Memoria is mostly what you’d expect from a point-and-click adventure but does have a few surprises here and there. The magic spells in the game will give it a bit more excitement than some point-and-click games but also the challenge of the puzzles are something beyond what I’ve experienced before in the genre. Gamers of all types will be drawn to this game by the story, but will stay for the increasingly rewarding feeling that is felt after discovering the way forward.
Characters / Enemies: Each character and enemy in this game is well storied. You’ll really get a sense of who everyone is and this allows complex emotional attachments to become built to everyone in the game. Beyond that, the characters are all believable in the world that Memoria takes place in. Even the enemies have their point of view presented in a way that gives the player a great understanding. As they say, there’s two sides to every coin. Memoria shows you both sides of the struggle between good and evil and turns the duality of the concept on its head.
Graphics / Art Direction: The art direction and graphics in Memoria are simply incredible. This game is beautiful. Whether in a dark and demonic cave or outside in the fresh air, players can really enjoy the visuals that are presented. The mix of 2D and pseudo-3D provokes an even more realistic experience that will immerse the player in Memoria. Daedalic Entertainment has done a great job at making this game look breathtaking and you don’t need a powerful computer to appreciate what they’ve done here.
Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The English version of the voice acting is done very well here. Sound effects and music are crisp and high quality. Players won’t be distracted by any low-quality audio moments, the aura of the game is maintained and stays true throughout so that the sounds in Memoria end up blending into the overall experience and helping to give it a truly unique identity.
Engine Performance: In our play-through the game engine that Memoria uses was smooth and had no glitches to speak of. We were pretty impressed by the overall quality of the game and the engine surely played a large part in this.
Replay Ability: Medium
Final Verdict: All in all, there’s nothing bad to say about Memoria. Some players may get stuck at times trying to figure out what to do next, but there’s a decent amount of clues laying around so that eventually the way is always found. The reward of solving the increasingly difficult puzzles is half of the fun really. Not every gamer is going to enjoy the point-and-click adventure genre, but if players are unsure and find themselves wanting to try this game out, Memoria could very well be the one that gives birth to their love for this genre. Memoria receives a perfect 10 out of 10 score from RealGamerNewz making it one of our few RGN Platinum Rated Games and we highly recommend it to everyone. This experience will mystify and enchant you and should not be skipped for any reason.
Overall Score: 10/10
RGN Rating: Diamond Game
Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
Available On: Windows PC and Mac OS X
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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