What’s this? The Spectrum Retreat? Another puzzle game chosen by Alice L? She would never, she’s not that predictable! Well, wait. If the slendermenesque robots aren’t enough to hook you, then how about knowing it was created by one guy, for five years, and he started it when he was 15. How impressive is that? It also won the BAFTA Young Game Designer Game Making…
The Spectrum Retreat
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The Spectrum Retreat is a game that really wants to be the new Portal, and I can respect that. It’s good to be ambitious. But raw ideas matter less than their implementation, and when it comes to execution, The Spectrum Retreat doesn’t quite manage to reach the level of polish and elegance it aspires to.
First-person puzzle games with vague Portal inspirations are common enough, but The Spectrum Retreat looks to be an especially polished and stylish take on the sub-genre. Thematically, it's about escaping from a creepy sci-fi hotel staffed by faceless robots with the aid of a mysterious benefactor on the phone. Mechanically, it's about stealing and using colours, and it's out today. Below, a rather sinister launch trailer.
I'm in awe of people who manage to turn their free time to productive ends. While I'm Netflix binging or chain Doting, I know others are writing novels or screenplays, filming videos or channelling their artistic talents in any number of ways. That's why I'm especially in awe of Emily Mitchell and Daniel Smith, who both won the Young Game Designers competition when they were…