Friday, 03 August 2018 10:50

REVIEW: Semblance (PC)

Written by Kevin Lal
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Unusually beautiful.


Nyamakop are a South African development team founded in 2015, this is their debut title. It’s a an interesting and eye-catching entry. Working alongside Good Shepherd Entertainment they have had great worldwide coverage and the beginnings of a great adventure in the gaming industry.

Where to begin with Semblance is a difficult one, as it so unusual but yet so beautiful. It is a side scrolling platformer with a twist. The graphics and art style are amazing, genuinely love the work put in to make Semblance stand out from the rest.

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You are a slime type character and it looks like the forest/woods has been taken over by a curse/disease which you need to cure. This is done by collecting orbs within trees, the trees act as levels within an open main area, each orb collected is added to the required amount to cure that area of the curse.

The gameplay itself is simple yet fast and responsive. You are required to navigate directionally but can jump, dash and alter the environment accordingly. These are needed at times to solve the puzzles that at times can be quite frustrating but not over hugely taxing. It feels so well developed, the movement is highly responsive and smooth in nature. With basic but needed sound effects it all comes together nicely.

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The game is quite short in nature, but the price tag is reflective of this. It is a game you can sit back, enjoy its beauty for what it is and be proud to have seen work in the making from Nyamakop. The game is what you make it, with no real narrative or story you can take what you will from what is going on in this strange little world.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: 24th July 2018
  • Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Nyamakop
  • Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Indie