Pretty puzzler Rime is out now

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I’ve already had the pleasure of playing through Rime [official site] from beginning to end (reviewing it for *ahem* another publication). I loved everything about it: the clean puzzles, the sense of exploration, the soft cel-shaded visuals and – most of all – the subtle story. It’s out now, so you can experience it too.

It’s a relatively simple platform-puzzler in which you, a young boy, explore a deserted island. The beauty is in its subtle sense of narrative: I wasn’t really sure what it was all about until the last of its five chapters. Then, the context of the whole game dawned on me, and it was incredibly moving. I wasn’t expecting it at all.

The island is also drop-dead gorgeous. Here’s some of the screenshots I grabbed on my way through:

Rime screen 1

Rime screen 2

Rime screen 3

Rime Screen 4

Rime Screen 5

That said, it’s been criticised for a lack of originality with its puzzles and platforming. And that’s probably fair: if you’re a fiend for mechanics, you might not love it as much as I did.

Some users are also experiencing pretty troubling technical problems, with big drops in frame rates and stuttering in some parts of the game. Others are reporting that disabling SSAA will do the trick, while for now the developers suggest that turning off vsync should solve the issue in most cases.

For what it’s worth, I had a few frame rate drops in particularly dense areas, but nothing that affected my enjoyment of the game.

It would be a shame if the issues persist and put players off, because to me this is an absolute must-play. It’s on Steam for £29.99.

Here’s the launch trailer:

10 Comments

  1. LTK says:

    I thought this looked very pretty as well. Is anyone at RPS going to review it?

    • Kingseeker Camargo says:

      The WIT situation is kinda weird lately, isn’t it? We never had a WIT for The Ringed City nor the NieR DLC, we didn’t have a proper WIT for Bayonetta, and the WIT for The Surge came out like 2 weeks after the game released.

  2. poliovaccine says:

    Wow, that is a really pretty-looking game. I was just watching the trailer there and I suddenly flashed back to years and years ago, when my favorite PC gaming experience was SimCopter, and I actually smiled at how far games have come since then.

  3. Darth Gangrel says:

    As RPS recently reviewed The Fidelio Incident, should we perhaps consider Samuel’s confession of “reviewing Rime for *ahem* another publication” to be the Infidel-io Incident?

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    On a scale of 1 to Ico, how does this game rate?

    • WJonathan says:

      My thought too. Based on that top screenshot, if “style” were a form of intellectual property, Team Ico would have a slam-dunk case.

  5. TheAngriestHobo says:

    I have zero interest in platformers or puzzlers, but Lindsay Stirling recorded one of the songs in this game’s soundtrack, so I’m mildly interested. I may even pick it up if I read a few more positive reviews.

  6. ludde says:

    According to Steam forums and reviews, this runs rather poorly even on high-end rigs.

    Some say it’s stuttering typical of Denuvo DRM.

    • cqdemal says:

      I obviously cannot speak for others but I’ve never experienced any kind of stuttering in a game protected by Denuvo.

  7. bill says:

    Looks like a lovely mix of Zelda, Ico and Sands of Time.

    Shame to hear about the Denuvo and performance issues though. I was hoping I could scrape by with minimum hardware.