Indie Quickie: Reperfection – Volume 1

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What is it? The first self-contained volume of an episodic art noir adventure series.

Who made it and where can you get it? German developer Tinnitus Games has released Reperfection (full and demo versions) on various digital download marketplaces, including Desura, GamersGate, and the Phoenix Online Studio store for $9.99, with hopes to pull enough Greenlight votes to earn a Steam launch. For the next day, IndieGameStand is offering a pay-what-you-want deal for Reperfection, including a “Beat the Average” bonus soundtrack download.

How much did we play? Completed the adventure in approximately an hour and a half; however, I imagine individual play time will vary quite a bit based on how quickly the plot scenarios and puzzles are resolved.

Any technical concerns or hardware requirements you should know about? Not really. The occasional scene change would get stuck in a strange loading pause noticeably longer than usual, but that probably has more to do with my older system than the game itself. I haven’t tried tweaking the graphics quality and resolution settings to see how performance changes.

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Why should you play it?

    • Interactive Graphic Novel Thriller: Reperfection is a fairly straightforward point-and-click adventure game. You point a cursor at things to detect interactive hotspots, and you click on those hotspots to change areas, initiate dialogue, collect objects needed to solve puzzles and obtain clues and other information to advance the story. What sets this game apart is its unique visual presentation. Everything that happens inside the game world takes place within the bound borders of a digital graphic novel, each scene confined to a panel on the novel’s black and white pages. Whenever a scene changes the story continues to another panel (or a smaller pop-up panel within the current panel), and to complete the effect dialogue and other information pops up in speech bubbles and text blocks. It really is quite impressive to behold, even if the game isn’t pushing mad polygon counts and Disney-caliber hand-drawn animation.

    • Intriguing, Surprisingly Dark Narrative: By adventure game standards, Reperfection is pretty light on puzzle-solving (though the puzzles that are included fit naturally within the context of the game). It is a story-driven experience for sure, and fortunately the storyline lands with a deeply emotional impact. The story centers on a husband and father named Ben Freeman, who loses his wife in a fatal car accident. While attending her funeral, Ben discovers a mysterious power to look into the eyes of dead people and travel back in time to the moments before their demise. With this power, Ben desperately searches for ways to prevent his wife’s death—but for every moment in the past he alters, something different and equally life-shattering occurs in its place. He may rescue his beloved, but what happens to their son when she doesn’t go to pick him up from school? The story just continues to escalate from there and takes a disturbing twist that ultimately builds towards a truly horrifying climax. Because you’re constantly reliving moments from the past, parts of the game can feel redundant as you click through familiar scenes multiple times over. But the ultimate payoff is definitely worth it.

Parting Thoughts: Using the butterfly effect as its main plot device, Reperfection delivers a powerful narrative complimented by an evocative score and striking noir stylized art. Like many adventure games, replay value will probably be a sticking point for some players, especially since this particular adventure flies by within a couple hours. It seems like this is the type of game that could potentially offer different outcomes, or at least multiple ways to reach the same goal, but from what I could tell on my first try that doesn’t appear to be the case. Nevertheless, Reperfection is the type of story-first experience most adventure game fans should find thoroughly compelling. Bring on Volume 2!

About the Author

Matt Litten is the full-time editor and owner of VGBlogger.com. He is responsible for maintaining the day to day operation of the site, editing all staff content before it is published, and contributing regular news, reviews, previews and other articles. Matt landed his first gig in the video game review business writing for the now-defunct website BonusStage.com. After the sad and untimely close of BonusStage, the former staff went on to found VGBlogger.com. After a short stint as US Site Manager for AceGamez, Matt assumed full ownership over VGBlogger, and to this day he is dedicated to making it one of the top video game blogs in all the blogosphere. Matt is a fair-minded reviewer and lover of games of all platforms and types, big or small, hyped or niche, big-budget or indie. But that doesn't mean he will let poor games slide without a good thrashing when necessary!