June 22, 2016 5:24 PM | Thomas Faust
I love me a good, wordy novel. An epic plot, lots of world building, and some extra flourish on top. However, a neat little short story can be just as satisfying sometimes. In a way, that's exaclty what Breached, a rather brief science fiction game about being trapped on an alien planet with a broken ship and an ever-dwindling oxygen supply, is. The game somehow defies clear genre boundaries; you're trapped inside your ship, so the only contact with the world outside is the board computer.
Accessing it, you can scour your journal to try and piece together the events preceding your awakening. You'll also pilot a drone to scavenge the land and avoid anomalies. Back in the lab, combining your loot into something that might help you survive is the final step for getting out of this alive. Your worst enemy is your own fatigue: due to being tired all of the time, you can only do so much in a day, and you only have seven days before the air runs out.
The game can be completed in two hours. There's some replay value if you want to uncover additional parts of the back story, but most players will probably be happy with one playthrough, and that's perfectly fine. Breached really does feel like a short story, and sometimes that's all you need.