In North, you play a man who applies for asylum in a city filled with strange creatures and strange customs. Developed by Outlands it is available on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
There is no main menu for the game and no option to save, instead, it is intended to be played through in one sitting. It lasts just under an hour so won’t take up too much of anyone’s day. The game sets out to deal with the issue of the contemporary refugee crisis while at the same time being deeply rooted in a classical cyberpunk atmosphere à la Blade Runner, North features a dark synthpop soundtrack, a sprawling mega-city and weird monster-like inhabitants.
The gameplay is very straightforward and mostly consists of exploration and simple puzzles. The main difficulty is to understand what you have to do in order to get asylum. You’ve come from a foreign land in the south and find yourself lost and confused – a confusion you convey through letters to your sister back home. An important part of the gameplay, these letters help you understand your tasks while at the same time moving the narrative of the game forward.
North is more interactive story than a game with little reason to return after a complete playthrough. It’s fairly cheap to purchase and if you wanted a different experience this could be worth a look, sadly it just didn’t hit the spot for me.
Beard Score: 4/10