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Semblance Review

September 4, 2018 / 8:25 PM

By: Jesse Waldack

Thanks to Nintendo Dads Podcast Patron Phoenix Moore for writing the following review for Semblance

Title: Semblance
Developer: Nyamakop
Publisher: Gambitious
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 7/24/2018
Reviewed by: Phoenix Moore

Semblance is an excellent puzzle game presented in a cute and unique art style. The game is one that would go great with a warm cup of coffee, and about 4 or 5 hours to give to your Switch. It held my attention from start to finish with a great feeling of progression and puzzles that were challenging, yet not so brain-busting that I got stuck. This game would be fitting for a wide age range of gamers, from about seven and up.

My initial impression of Semblance was that it was a well-constructed game with a few small bugs here and there, but overall the game is mechanically well made. The music is very soothing and will blend into the background as your zone out and get to the puzzle solving. Semblance does have a sort of story in that your character lives in a kind of jungle that appears to be taken over by a virus or disease that is attacking trees. Problem-solving takes place inside these trees that you enter to “cure” their plight by solving the puzzles. It’s a neat way to tell a story, and it does pull you through the game even though there are no words to truly convey the story.


Upon completing Semblance, I came to appreciate how such a pleasant game came in a short, yet tightly woven experience. Puzzle games have always stolen my heart, and this game is definitely one I would recommend to friends and family who are looking for a quick challenge for a road trip, flight, or lazy rainy weekend. Overall, I would rate this game at 7/10. Some areas have slight bugs, and I wish there were more depth to the overall experience, but the bare bones package is also what makes the game a great little escape. Pick this one up.

 

About the author /


Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A husband and father of three teenagers, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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