January 18, 2016 8:15 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome
Shardlight is, above all else, great science fiction. Set in a horribly believable post-apocalyptic future ruled by the literally faceless oligarchy of the Aristocrats, it tells the engrossing tale of Amy Wellard, her struggles for survival and, possibly even, for something loftier. Living in a bombed-out city plagued by disease and a chronic lack of food and water can apparently help bring forth the best and worst in everyone, and it's great interactive storytelling when you can get players to actually feel and care for the world their avatar is living in while empathizing with its denizens.
Now, as I really wouldn't want to spoil the game's plot or clever tricks for you though, let's just take a moment to look at Shardlight's pixel-art visuals which, as you see, are both chunky and absolutely beautiful. And wait till you have the chance to appreciate the rich and excellent animation, the wonderfully imaginative and architecturally intriguing locations, the details of one of the liveliest cities ever crafted in an adventure game and some top-notch character work. Truth be said, if you are a visible pixels and desperate futures fetishist, chances are Shardlight will be the most beautiful game of 2016 for you.
The fact that everything is being illuminated by uncanny green shards and supported by an appropriately moody soundtrack does help Shardlight enhance its evocative atmosphere and draw you in an adult and refreshingly demanding point-and-click adventure that's neither afraid to shock you, nor make you properly think in order to solve its puzzles. If this far from finished preview build is anything to go by I have to insist all adventurers keep an eye out for Shardlight -- it seems like a game they'll absolutely adore.