STONE made by the company Convict Games has brought us a very quick game about a Private Investigator who wakes up from a night out to discover his lover has gone missing.
This small indie game has you venture around different areas in the city speaking to various NPC’s gaining information to help in your quest to find what happened to your lover. You play a character called Roy Stone but prefers to be called Stone. The person you are seeking Stone refers to as Chookie. This is a nickname Stone calls his partner.
Stone is played out as different Act’s each having 5 parts in an Act. These act’s are very short due to going around speaking to different NPCs and then going back to your flat to sleep. The dialog in this game seems quite wooden and doesn’t seem to flow very well. It seems that the people who have been cast to play these characters aren’t exactly in touch with the game making it difficult to truly get involved in.
The character you play is that of a Koala Bear and you seek information from other various animal types. This includes a crocodile, beaver and a bird of sorts. At certain parts of the game when speaking to NPC’s you are given dialog options. These are broken up into 2 options. When seeking information, you can play soft or hard ball. To be honest it doesn’t make a difference which option you choose and the outcome is the same.
After the first 2 act’s, you are presented with the open city map. Here it gives you other places to visit like a cinema and sauna. These serve no progression towards completion of the story but more so put in for additional content. If you enter the Cinema and watch a film, these are very short and some are shown in black and white. The sauna area literally just has you sit there in a steam room. You don’t interact with anything.
These areas seem a bit pointless when in fact they could of had you investigate these areas for more clues or to seek information from other characters.
Additionally I did run into a few bugs in this game. Having to dashboard and close the game to then restart my progression. I appreciate that bugs are going to cause certain issues but honestly with such a small title and it being out a little while now, could would think these would be been ironed out a bit.
I do think this game could have been a little more polished as it all feels a bit rushed. The graphics of the characters are quite rigid and should be a lot better, especially seeing how they used Unreal Engine 4.If you are after a game that is a quick win to get those achievements then by all means pick it up it will only take you around 2 hours to gain them all!
- Easy to pick up and play
- Quick Completion
- Easy Achievements
- Seems rushed
- Wooden Dialog and interaction
- Hard to enjoy
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