How the Indie game Resonance reminds me of Monkey Island

Here is an article I wrote a long time ago about a very special game that reminds me of another special game that I used to play when I was a kid called Monkey Island. Resonance, developed by a indie programmer bearing an original name Vince XII. His game was released five years ago, and I thought it is a time to revisit it.

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In the official page of GOG.com, Resonance is a twisting and reverting storyline that the player from the perspective of four characters : a young scientist, a doctor, a police officer and a blogger (just like me).  After you are introduced to the gang, the player is free to switch back and forth between them in order to gather evidences and solve the puzzles along the way.  This happens sometimes fifteen minutes after the beginning of the game.

Resonance  uses the point-and-click’s gameplay mechanic that was quite in vogue all a way back in the 90s. That’s is you explore and interact with non-playable characters using your mouse. This is akin to Monkey Island with just think of it as MI with improved sound, gameplay, artistic voice-over, polished UI and graphic minus buccaneers and LeChuck.  The game uses a feature called long term and short term memories. Resonance is presented in a linear way, that’s is you need to solve a puzzle in order to carry on the game and to unfold the story.  And if you die during the game, well, the brilliant programmer Vince XII added the rewind feature. When your avatar passes away, a rewind effect kicks back showing the actions you’ve done before you demise and bring you back to the previous checkpoint. Nice 🙂

As far as the storyline is concerned, it takes place in a fictional Metropolis. A particle scientist dies in a mysterious circumstances and it’s up to the four characters to save the day as they become entangled in search for the scientist’s vault that hides the secret. They will learn to trust each other and work together to overcome the obstacle in their way to keep this new and powerful technology out of the hands of a dangerous organization.

Resonance is available right now on GOG.com for a mere $ 10. And trust me it deserves many awards. ten bucks won’t burn your pocket after all.

Sofiane MEROUANI

 

Author: Sofiane Madani Merouani

Up in the air. Pop Corn Lover and a Dreamer - Avid Reader, Writer and Retro Gaming Collector.

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