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Metacritic: N/A
Release: Aug 2016
Reviewed on: PC

Selma And The Wisp

Site Score
6.5
Good: Good environmental puzzles suited to your available tools
Bad: Selma can be frustrating
User Score
6.0
(1 votes)
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Offering up control over a colourful wisp as you lead the innocent Selma through various environmental obstacles is Selma And The Wisp. Opening with Selma alone in her room with a monster under the bed the player guides the bright wisp to Selma, giving her hope amongst the darkness.

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This is where your bond with each other begins with Selma following you through the dark and unforgiving environment of monsters, spikes, sharp objects and massive heights. If players leave her for too long she’ll succumb the the darkness and pass over, similarly players can extinguish their own light as their energy dwindles over time with actions.

Guiding Selma is easy enough with the wisp moved through mouse movement. In addition players can cause a small explosion with the left click or command Selma to stay at her location with the right mouse. Your other puzzle solving tools include moving objects and the ability to create a small explosion.

For the most part Selma’s AI is reasonably effective although is painful on a few puzzles that rely on super soft control over her, causing frustration when she manages to kill herself despite your best efforts.

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Actual puzzles that you’ll encounter have good variety that require you to rely on all your available tools. The pacing of puzzles also vary nicely from ones that are time sensitive due to your distance from Selma to ones that are slower and you can sit back and think about your approach. Veterans of the genre will be able to breeze through all of this though which makes the variety all the more appreciated.

Ultimately Selma And The Wisp is a decent puzzle platformer once you consider the atmosphere and design elements of the game. It isn’t one to make you go wow and has the odd frustrating moment but can be forgiven.

Summary:

  • Guide Selma through a dark journey.
  • Make explosions, move items and command Selma to hold.
  • Great variety in puzzle design and pacing.
  • Stay connected to Selma to keep her alive.
  • For Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Selma And The Wisp, 6.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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