Come up: A Simple Story might sound acquainted, however seems may be deceiving. It’s not essentially breaking any molds in its minimal artwork fashion and platforming, however its heartfelt story took me on a journey that hit me like a ton of bricks.
Come up is obtainable at present for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It begins out together with your character on a funeral pyre. Folks collect round to pay their respects moments earlier than you’re cremated. You then get up in an area between the residing and the lifeless. There are glowing stone objects that transport you to totally different worlds, which signify totally different moments in your character’s life.
You begin off reliving a few of your earliest childhood recollections as part of a nomadic tribe. You leap, climb, and swing from platform to platform in linear ranges which are extra about storytelling than speedrunning. Every stage is a surreal illustration of significant moments in your character’s life that discover falling in love or mourning the lack of a cherished one.
Come up additionally offers you the power to regulate time. By shifting the proper analog stick from left to proper, you may manipulate a stage’s objects and even freeze issues in place to make use of as platforms. A falling boulder may be introduced again up and held in place, or you may management a burning hearth to both clear a path of vines or gentle your manner. Come up finds fascinating methods to play with this mechanic that by no means really feel unnecessarily sophisticated.
You even have talents like a grappling hook that permits you to swing throughout giant gaps or pull issues in the direction of you. There are additionally streams of air you may journey that zoom you thru the degrees. There’s an non-obligatory co-op mode that provides one other participant the power to deal with the time manipulation. I didn’t get to attempt it out, however I might see it being an accessible manner for a good friend or cherished one to soak up Come up’s story alongside you.
Ranges additionally function glowing orbs that unlock great Studio Ghibli-like illustrations that add some supplemental colour to the principle story beats. There are additionally hidden illustrations to seek out in case you poke round. They don’t add a lot, however they have been nonetheless great to find.
However largely, the sport entails discovering new methods to bend time by reversing or rushing up occasions to navigate the sport’s quite simple platforming. Every world genuinely feels magical and pairs nicely with the dramatic rating, stuffed with melancholic piano and uplifting strings.
Come up’s’s subtitle presents it as a “easy story,” however that doesn’t make it any much less impactful. Regardless that there’s barely any dialogue or textual content, the sport tells its shifting story nicely. The place issues are headed is telegraphed from the beginning, however the ending nonetheless hit me onerous.
Come up is value trying out in case you’re within the temper for a sport like Journey or Gris, or in case you simply need to discover a magical world whereas listening to an emotional soundtrack.