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    dkirschner's Everything (PC)

    [February 12, 2021 03:31:52 PM]
    VERY COOL god game about existence, interconnectedness, nature, and the nature of things. It's got wisps of Katamari Damacy (rolling around), Spore (levels of scale), and the developer's former game, Mountain (quiet reflection in the natural world).

    I had no idea what playing this would be like, but here goes an attempt to describe the experience. You can inhabit anything in the world. The world spans from galaxies to elements. Let's imagine you start in the desert. There are some trees, grasses, rocks, scorpions, pyramids (if we're in Egypt). When you "become" something, you can move around. You can sing and dance and bond with others of the same object or the same larger category. Things are grouped in categories (grasses, trees, animals, birds, insects, rocks, transportation vehicles, stars, landforms, etc.).

    So you are a scorpion and you're running around being a scorpion. You can talk to other objects, hear their thoughts. The desert grass might ask when it will rain, or be grateful to be in the heat instead of the freezing cold, or might just reflect on its goals. Sometimes the thoughts are parts of a lecture by someone who sounds like a philosopher or physicist or something. The game's point seems to clarified in these lecture clips, which talk about all sorts of concepts related to being in the world and relating to other people and to nature. My girlfriend commented that this would be a good game to play while high.

    Maybe you tire of having the scorpion's-eye view of the world. Not only can you become something else nearby (and later, anything you've once been), but you can "ascend" or "descend" in scale, essentially zooming in (into the sand, into the microscopic) or out (into the sky, the galaxy, the universe). All of the scales work the same way. There are things to become, you move around, sing, dance, bond, read and listen to thoughts. It's very reflective and meditative.

    This was certainly a cool experience. I've got the game on in the background right now collecting some Steam trading cards and getting a few achievements. If you just let it run, it goes into "autoplay" mode and will itself. Aiming for achievements is really cool because you will see some stuff you wouldn't have otherwise, like the mesmerizing patterns that a huge number of objects makes while dancing. I am definitely interested in David OReilly's next game.
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    dkirschner's Everything (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 11 February, 2021

    GameLog closed on: Friday 12 February, 2021

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Very cool. Mix of Katamari, Spore, Mountain...

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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