1000 Heads Among the Trees features a remarkable premise. Using a real life experience of this developer, the game is scheduled in a small town throughout rural Peru.? The town, named Cachiche, served as a sanctuary for witches in the Peruvian inquisition.? Descendants of these “witches” still live in the spot today.? Taking control of a new photographer, the player explores the town over a nightlong exploratory experience. ?The gameplay is comprised of exploring the town, acquiring photographs of people, items and various phenomena. ?The player are able to speak to the various occupants about the photos, spreading the images and receiving information about their topics.?It is a truly useful concept based on exactly what must have been an amazing experience.? It’s an concept that has incredible possibility to be an engrossing and unique experience.? Unfortunately, the particular execution of 1000 Brains Among the Trees does not come near to the conceptualization.
The opening routine is one of instant inequality.? The sounds of an busy street wash over you as you stare at a clean, empty street. Within the next minute approximately, the sound of a car would seem as if it is suitable next to you, traveling past. A sound that we later realize could really be wind. This conclusion coming when we noticed that the sound coincided while using blowing of particles across the player’s perspective. A visual effect we actually noticed purchasing into a window. The actual dust was spitting out around indoors. ?Therefore, yeah.? But even with that, it’s hard to make sure about the car/dust. Such could be the quality, or total lack thereof, of the appear design.? People chatting in the distance and the occasional note regarding ominous music constitute the majority of the ambiance in 1000 Heads Among the Trees. To combine it up, there is the irregular abrasively loud audio jump scare.? So there is always that.
The level of visual layout is not much better. The oppressive fog blocks many view unless the brightness is set intrusively higher.? Textures are virtually completely absent, with the majority of objects an effective flat color.? The actual static (or in scarce occasions, awkwardly moving) characters are stiff and discolored.?? Inside (only seen as the participant looks in from the outside) are simply black, having rare objects providing the only clue that you’re looking at an interior.? It’s a strange thing to neglect, as the game generally seems to encourage the player to investigate windows and notice the inhabitants of complexes at every chance. Your buildings themselves almost never deviate from a consistent box with a front door (not enter-able).
At certain details, visual effects are widely used to convey-uh-something. Honestly, it’s not really entirely clear what exactly is meant to be conveyed in these sequences. ?That might be since the first few time these types of ‘effects’ happened, however, we had arrived too busy working out why what we believed was a graphical glitch had occurred. ?To make the overall visual encounter just a bit worse, despite the low level of graphical intensity, we encountered substantial frame falls. This with a Personal computer that far exceeds the suggested specifications for the game.
Moving on the gameplay, movement on its own was average in best. The first thing all of us noticed was the prime mouse sensitivity.? Without having obvious way to change it, we were reduced fine-tuning it manually with the mouse’s third party control plan. Resolving that, all of us learnt that the person can jump in addition to crouch. Crouching is never necessary, however, and at most simply slightly useful for obtaining a better camera perspective. At no point in the course of our playthrough did we find a single instance the spot that the jump was essential.
The overall aim of the game is vague.? The player does have access to some sort of journal which gives short term goals to attempt. This provides you with the player some way at the beginning of the game. In the future, however, the targets become incredibly irrelavent and seem to have minimum contribution to the overarching tale.? Goals like “enable your unconscious decide what things to photograph next” just seem to be overly interpretive. There is also a full lack of gratification upon reaching these desired goals. Their completion usually serve no goal other than to mix them off the listing.
Along with ticking off the different goals, the player persona regularly updates his journal.? From plot of land heavy, informative enter such as ‘I need to find Add Miguel Angel, a brujo (sorcerer) of which owns a restaurant (!) and it’s going to be my point of contact’ to fairly tedious observations about points lying on the ground.? An especially perplexing aspect of this is the complete lack of health care given by the character while major events take place.? It seems reasonable to anticipate that someone -who writes about the inclusion of rubbish on the ground- would likely write about blacking out as being a mysterious figure operates towards him; and then waking to find the overturned truck, crashed and leaking in the place of his initial blackout.? As an alternative, nothing is mentioned in the journal, and the gambler is left wondering what the hell just happened. These kinds of events -and subsequent absence of acknowledgement- happen on a regular basis during the entire experience.
As the player goes through the town, they encounter a multitude of men and women. Some are referred to as characters, others only given a subject such as ‘Tourist’.? For a tiny game, with a limited amount of characters, this particular seems a strange determination.? Especially when the game’s focus is history telling. It’s very hard to get invested in to the story of somebody just known as ‘European Tourist’.? That is, whenever they had a story to talk.? In 1000 Heads One of the Trees, interaction with the tastes characters is through the action of showing them photographs you have taken and reading through their comments on each picture.? This game’s description details this as “an lovely corpse-style narrative as you present your photos to help local people who whirl stories about what many people see in them”.? This is not quite how I would likely put it. Showing a personality your photos potential customers them to make a one sentence comment on explained picture.? That remark is almost always completely irrelevant and a seemingly random-assignment answer generated from a small list of pre-existing variables giving no consideration to be able to context. No thing to consider whatsoever. ?In one occasion, the picture of a poultry garnered the response “I see a picture of the cloud.”? All right then. Occasionally, some trigger would be triggered and one of the responses -for a seemingly innocuous photo- could well be given in audio.? This specific audio, however, was at what we suspect seemed to be Spanish.? Cool.
After the initial minutes, it’s easy to quit on any hope of an coherent dialogue. Communications simply become a physical exercise in getting clues to progress the plot, whichever it was.
For a game that has this incredibly interesting principle, 1000 Heads Among the Trees is completely woeful in execution.? This sound is bad, the visuals are bad, also to top it off, the narrative -which is heralded since the focus- is horrendous.? From the information given about the developer, there is a line that says “he usually tries to spend as much of his game development time as he may working away from his / her computer” and honestly, that shows.
SummaryReviewer Luke GeorgeReview Date 2015-12-23Reviewed Object 1000 Heads Among the TreesAuthor Standing