Monday, March 21, 2016
CAPSULE REVIEW: Antichamber
You can get Antichamber at http://www.antichamber-game.com/
Antichamber is a first-person puzzle exploration game with a stark aesthetic. In this sort of plot-light puzzle game, the motivation to keep playing comes from a desire to see what interesting new mechanics and surprises will come next. Most of Antichamber's surprises come from subverting expectations about the nature of space and reality, such as by having hallways rearrange themselves when you aren't looking. To me, the results are largely tedious - it's not about being clever to solve problems that follow consistent rules, it's about the game designer feeling clever by deceiving you and often wasting your time.