The Starship Damrey (Available exclusively on the eShop for 3DS)
ESRB Rating: T
Number of Players: 1
Release Date: May 16th, 2013
Download Size: 869 Blocks
This is old-school adventure gaming at its best. You’re thrown into a world and left alone during the entire game. There is absolutely no tutorial, or no hints at all to help you during your quest. You must solve everything on your own. It’s quite refreshing and rewarding to play a game like this.
+ Excellent ambiance. The Starship Damrey ask you to keep the volume on at all times and for good reason. With the pitch black visuals, the music helps create a spooky atmosphere that truly emphasizes the fact that you’re all alone on a ship.
+ Superb storytelling. While you won’t have a clue what’s going on for 95% of the adventure, everything will come together quickly at the end… and expect a surprise twist.
+ Finding all of the game’s hidden leaches will unlock a hidden character bio, and doing a specific task will also reveal the best ending, which adds some replay value to the game.
+ Puzzles are a bit on the easy side for the most part, but they will still make you feel “special” for solving them. Using a guide would be doing yourself a disfavor.
+/- The robot controls awkwardly. He cannot move in one direction directly, instead needing to go left or right first before turning back. This makes navigating around debris longer then it should be.
– Visuals are for the most part butt ugly.
– Lots of backtracking just to add length. Need to sometimes scan the same object multiple times in order to advance. Miss a simple detail and you might be going in circles for hours on end until you realize that you hadn’t clicked on a certain item in a room you’ve previously visited dozens of times.
– You’re looking at a three hour game here at max. Coming in at eight dollars makes this a few dollars overpriced.
The Starship Damrey has a few flaws preventing it from reaching must buy status. It is still a very worthwhile game, especially for fans of the adventure genre. The feeling of being alone on a ship with absolutely no idea what’s going on cannot really be replicated anywhere else. For that reason alone, I’d suggest checking it out if you’re curious. There’s room for a sequel, so hopefully this won’t be the last time we play in this universe. Download it today if this seems like your cup of tea, or wait until it gets on sale. Still a lot of areas to improve, but The Starship Damrey is still a pretty unique and charming experience.
Final Score: 7.0/10