Solo: Islands of the Heart Review – PS4
Solo: Islands of the Heart was something unexpected for me. I didn’t read up on it much but I was intrigued by the artwork so of course, I wanted to try it. The game’s major theme is love. Love is very predominate in the game but it really isn’t thrown at you with hearts and cutesy things. It was made to make you think, it asks questions that will actually force you to reflect on your own feelings about love and relationships.
The gameplay, to me, didn’t really fit the vibe of the game. I can see the connection with it, but I was confused for a while and it distracted from the game story. You start off on an island and need to solve the puzzle to be able to get to the Sleeping Totem. Once you wake the Totem up, it will present you with a question, once you answer it another island pops up allowing you to continue the journey. The puzzle themselves are fun and challenging. You’ll need to rotate the camera and think outside of the box to get to higher ground to the next totem. You use a multitude of boxes, some just boxes, others have different abilities to help get you to your goal.
Besides the main gameplay, there are other things you can do around the game. They don’t really add to the game itself but are somewhat relaxing. You have a guitar you can pull out and play, there’s a camera, benches you can sit on, and sometimes animals you can feed. Though love is the major theme, it seems nature and self-reflection is also right up there. Though many gamers may not use these, some gamers may think about what the questions presented and may want to sit and self-reflect a bit.
I adored the visuals of the game. They were cute and the colors vibrant. I was a little confused at first because the house looked like a house, but the trees were a blocky mine-craftish mess. But everything felt great,
Solo: Islands of the Heart sets off what it wanted to do; Be bright, cheerful, and make you think. The game is calming and intriguing enough to want you to keep solving the puzzles and moving to see what happens next. Fans of puzzle games should take a peek at Solo: Islands of the Hear, but most gamers may take a pass at it.
Note: GameOctane editor Jason Germino received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Puzzle game that is challenging and not too easy to solve
+ Will make you reflect on your self choices
+ Gorgeous graphics
- Gameplay doesn't quite fit the idea behind it