The glacier ice holds secrets and dangers. Turmoil Games has launched Alpha Polaris, a point & click adventure.
With 2D backgrounds and not so great animated 3D figures, the studio presents an ice adventure. The conversations are underlaid by not so great drawings. The speakers don't come across as convincing. In between there are some render films that are of moderate quality.
The game is an indie game made by a handful of employees. It combines hand-drawn characters, 3D figures and 2D backgrounds. In some scenes the atmosphere is dense and exciting.
The progagonist Rune searches for oil wells in the Arctic. He and his colleagues find a document from the old Inuit period. It tells of a cannibal demon. The station is haunted by mysterious incidents. The team members suffer from nightmares and apparitions.
The narrative turns out to be quite exciting, despite the not so great presentation. You need 4 to 6 hours for the game. The puzzles themselves are not necessarily easy. You need basic scientific and technical knowledge to solve them. You need physics, technology and cultural studies to find out. In some places you will also have to decipher hieroglyphics. You will get hints from the protagonist, in addition to his notebook and the conversations that will help you solve the puzzles.
Alpha Polaris could have been staged better. But the game does have some tough puzzles that won't keep everyone interested. The rendering sequences are not outstanding, nor are the graphics. The game scores with an exciting story and anyone who likes to play point & click games can definitely take a look. However, if you are afraid of the natural sciences, you should keep your hands off it and if you don't know where to go with the puzzle solutions, you will quickly lose motivation.
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