There’s a moment in the movies where a protagonist investigates, restlessly falling down a sassy rabbit hole and revealing a startling truth, restating everything they thought they knew. The allure of Immortal, like the other games from Sam Barlow and Half Mermaid, is that it takes the player into this exciting role and builds to its eventual launch. It can’t pierce borders at times, as neither the basic plot A to B and its larger themes are much clearer than in the group’s earlier puzzles. However, it’s not really worse for it. Despite – and sometimes due to – the dizzying effects of falling into the rabbit hole, Immortality becomes another standout story. It’s similar to its predecessors, Telling Lies and Her Story, in a few key ways, but also more thought-provoking, and certainly more astonishing than you’ll be prepared for.
Writing this review has proven to be difficult as almost every game looks like a spoiler. I can allude to things, like the game being scarier than I thought it would be, but I can’t really tell you why. I could vaguely refer to the dramatic twists and turns of the story, but given the scattered timeline, you might not see certain moments for yourself until long after I do. At least I can explain how this game works, because if this is your first time experiencing a game from this small team, you will feel completely alienated.
Playing Immortality is like operating an old Moviola machine, once used by editors in the making of movies but now superseded to let you go through hours of movies live- Classic action to solve a mystery: What happened to Marissa Marcel? As a 17-year-old fictional actress who made her feature film debut in late ’60s Hollywood, Marissa was predicted to be the next Adult, but in the next 31 years she will only be in three roles. films and none of them were released.
It is up to you to find the reason of the problem and using this Moviola you will rewind, fast forward, pause and zoom in on any detail you choose in any given scene. Doing so brings up a similar image from elsewhere in the archive, so, for a moment, clicking Marissa’s face as she paints Matilda’s portrait in 1968’s Ambrosio can bring you to the table read for 1999’s Two of Everything. Clicking on the same scene from another point, including Marissa’s face in another frame, can take you to 1970’s Minsky.
You can’t predict where the Moviola will take you next, but you’ll soon learn that it’s best to explore faces and objects that seem interesting to you. The point is to keep finding new scenes by clicking on different things, then clicking on elements of those new scenes to find than scene. As you watch more and more scenes, you’ll begin to piece together the larger story on your own.
These three movies are mixed together without any classification other than the date they were recorded, but it’s enough to start forming a layered story in a few hours of gameplay. On one level, it was necessary to get to know the content of the three films, because doing so would inform the cast and crew, their artistic inspirations, and possibly their dark sides. But the scenes you’ll discover extend past the scenes themselves. It also includes auditions, behind-the-scenes moments, and, you will see.
Like Tell Her Lies and Stories, the things you thought you understood will often be undermined by the information you learn as you continue to dig in. Each text re-translation feels like a surprising end to a chapter in a great book. Is this a crime movie? A horror story? A love story? It’s a bit of all three – and more – at different times. It is like most reading literature, in that it is more concerned with its underlying themes than its plot.
Immortality’s no-wrong answer approach to unraveling many of its themes is perhaps less rewarding here than in previous Half Mermaid games, given the level of confounding it remains relevant to the end. together. But it’s more engaging for the same reason and immerses me in what I see than it wants me to understand. I don’t feel that Immortality is intended to be a game that misleads players of what happened, but since it has a definite end point, you can draw less definite conclusions than those who don’t. another played for the same number of hours.
Scenes from 1968 and 1970 feel incredibly realistic, with film grain, muffled sounds, dated camera techniques, and realistic costumes to take players on a trip through spacetime. . While the 1999 film is much more recent and therefore requires a much different approach than the other films, it also manages to feel like a time capsule from a bygone generation.
The performances around the world are excellent, and by working with unknown actors, Half Mermaid intelligently keeps players from being distracted by recognizable faces. Marissa is said to have disappeared. The illusion of a mystery waiting to be solved won’t work well if Anya Taylor-Joy plays the disappearing actress.
When you consider that each actor in the game is playing at most three or four characters across the entire timeline, it’s really unlike anything else that has been done before in the game, even in number of previous works of the group. The general opinion of live-action games is that they appear as clumsy half-movies, half-fairly unfair games. For the third time, Sam Barlow’s team defies that stereotype with a thoughtful script, stellar actors, and a player-controlled Pandora’s unboxing.
There are moments in this game that I can’t go into detail about, but they are the main reason why I give this game a high score as you see below. The first time I came across an example of a particular game mechanic, I jumped out of my seat with excitement, warning my wife that what I thought was Immortal would change dramatically in no time. instantly. Even when I learned how Immortality works, it continues to amaze me with what it will show me, what it will tell me, and above all, what it will refuse to tell me, leaving me immersed into it long after I finally found out about Marissa’s fate.