Even on a barren wasteland of a planet, humans will normally want companionship even in their darkest hour. “Alone With You” sets this story on the sole survivor of a terraforming project gone wrong, with their only chance of rescue put on the colony’s AI and four holograms based on specialists gone missing. However, despite this plan, can they leave these digital phantoms behind?
“Alone With You” gives you about a month to escape from the doomed planet, dividing the game into exploration and holo-sim chamber events. Exploration, with the help your AI companion AF4B/3B, follows a streamlined adventure gameplay which you scan and pick up items to help your missions and learn more of the story.
Each hologram corresponds with a location, with every item of interest benefiting them to improve their success rate. It’s best to explore and scan everything so the holograms will have more to go on and reflect on their human selves before the Rift Event. And as an adventure game there are some puzzles with clues and items lying around to help. The puzzles require very little thought to solve though the way some are implemented are neat.
Later on the night of exploration you can meet with the corresponding holograms: Winnie, Jean, Leslie, and Pierre. During these nights, you can talk to them about what you found with your daily exploration. However, they will also ask some questions about what happened to their real-life counterparts or about you, creating a bond with them. Every five days the AI will set up a special simulation for you and a hologram of your choosing as a sort of date with any particular one you’ve grown fond of. You may have known them for a short time but given the circumstances it’s a small detail.
The developer’s aim with the presentation was to create a love letter to the Sega CD: vibrant 16-bit colors, detailed animations, and a stirring soundtrack. The graphics are bright and color with some very well animated scenes. For a bizarre reason, the animations remind me of “Out of This World” (“Another World” outside the U.S.), though that was ported to the Sega CD so it’s not so odd. At the start, you’ll quickly find that the entire colony is in disarray and decay thanks to the Rift Event and acid rain. As the terranforming was never completed, the planet is completely barren and buildings falling apart with collapsed hallways, blocked doors, overgrowth (in the agriculture domes), and bodies filling the hollow walls of what used to be facilities ran by a human staff and working drones.
To escape such bleak sights the holograms have set up their rooms for the chamber with places they felt comfortable when they were alive. The AI also goes out its way to create special simulations for your date and enjoy a lovely night. As for characters, you’ll be seeing the AI most of the time with its spinning geometric head in the top left corner, always having a friendly face watching you. The holograms are based on the normal, everyday people with emotional issues passed onto them. You can tell that even for programs they have some baggage they want to uncover from looking at their expression. The player character has a very ambiguous design, always wearing a space suit, fish bowl helmet, and a nice red scarf. You’ll never see this character’s face, though I think this was done so it can have more immersion.
The music is pretty good at setting the tone of the location and scenes it’s played on. The tracks used when exploration has an ambient feel going for it with character themes matching the holograms’ rooms. And as with good music from a game “Alone With You” has its own soundtrack available for purchase, even outside of Steam. Before you start playing, however, you may need to adjust the in-game audio levels as it could be too loud for headphone users.
“Alone With You” is a really good sci-fi adventure game with some potential romance in it. Despite exploration being an important part of the game, it’s spending time with the holograms that adds to the purpose. My only complaint with the game is that dialogue is mapped to buttons instead of having a highlight selection box for it can be easy to pick a sentence that you didn’t want. In overall, the story and characters are what makes this mission worth the effort.
So all in all, “Alone With You” is with no doubt a really well-made, charming and entertaining sci-fi adventure game. In other words, it’s most definitely worthy of your time, love and money.
+ The game’s story and characters are worth investing time in
+ Presentation inspired by the Sega CD
+ Holograms that you want to get to know and love
– Default audio levels may initially be too loud for headphone users
– Dialogue options are mapped to buttons
Replay value: 4/5
Benjamin Rivers sci-fi adventure game ”Alone With You” has it going with its story and cast tied into the game’s overall objective. Sure, it may not look like a romance tale when you boot up the game. However, once you meet the holograms you may find yourself staying around, even if there isn’t much time left. So if you’re into sci-fi adventure games, then you should give ”Alone With You” a try with no doubt. As it’s a really good sci-fi adventure.
Title: Alone With You: A Sci-Fi Romance Adventure
Developer: Benjamin Rivers Inc.
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Release date: 2017-02-09
Spent time: 9+ hours
Average grade internationally: 73.89% Gamerankings.com
PEGI/ESRB age rating: PEGI12+/Teen
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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