cradle
Metacritic: 65/100
Release: Jul 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Cradle

Site Score
6.5
Good: Incredible setting and atmosphere – Decent mini games
Bad: Graphical and control bugs
User Score
6.5
(2 votes)
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Cradle mixes science fiction and walking simulation in an independent title that sees you exploring a strange world as you repair a mechanical companion as you seek to also recover your memories.

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Played in first person Cradle is set in a futuristic Mongolia filled with the likes of robots and flying buses. Amidst a neglected theme park in the year 2076 your story is set. 30 years before the current era massive breakthroughs in neurosciences changed the face of the world for over with victory over ageing and even death itself finally achieved by transferring human consciousness to artificial carriers.

If science fiction film and novels have taught us anything though this is never achieved without side effects to society. In the game world of Cradle this involves test subjects of these carriers self destroying themselves based on an irrational fear. Your part in this tale starts in 2076 deep in Mongolia as you awake without a single idea of who you are.

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To uncover your past you’ll walk across the open world landscape as you interact with objects and NPCS to fill in the story blanks. Said NPCs are mechanical beings with beautiful facial animations that put other video games to shame. Along the way you’ll also take on a variety of quests and the odd mini-game to make you further engaged with the environment.

Cradle isn’t without some serious flaws though that break immersion with things like the odd graphical or control issue that takes you out of your adventure. Those that enjoy the recent surge of walking simulator titles though will be rewarded if they can look past these deficiencies.

Summary:

  • A science fiction themed story.
  • Explore Mongolia and an abandoned theme park.
  • Beat jump puzzles and various mini games to progress.
  • Beautiful facial expressions on NPCs
  • Play on Linux and Windows.

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Cradle, 6.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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