Switch version tested
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Figment on the Nintendo Switch is an action-adventure puzzler with gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and absolutely stunning sound design, but is the game itself any cop?
Bedtime Digital Games are a Danish outfit of game developers. Starting out like so many, as a part-time developer/student group of game enthusiasts, their first game Back to Bed made it onto mobile platforms, Steam and PlayStation 4. Since the success of that title they have been hard at work creating Figment, an action-adventure puzzle game, which takes place within a whimsical world of the mind. You control Dusty, a miserable anthropomorphic creature which resembles a child’s stuffed toy and your job is to recover your stolen scrapbook. Along to accompany you is Piper, a little bird which feels the need to state the obvious as you traverse the several world’s on offer here.
The art style of this game is quite unique, with a hand-drawn isometric world, crossed between a brightly coloured Tim Burton movie set and a Monty Python – Terry Gillingham intermission animation. It stands out in this age of incessant 8-bit revival indie crap, and time has clearly been spent, with fabulous attention to detail.
The sound design is worthy of any triple-A developed title, which really is saying something with such a small team. All dialogue in the game is spoken to a rich high standard. The sound effects are loud and meaningful and again recorded to a very high standard. The foley artist must have stepped straight off of an episode of the Archers. Then we come onto the music and the boss encounters. It seems to me as though the game was almost built around the music. It is hard to describe or cover off a genre, as it becomes so diverse, although so proud of their soundtrack are these Danish fellows, you can listen to each track directly on their website. Now if you’ve ever played Skull Monkeys you’ll really appreciate the boss encounters. Generally when you cross paths with these creatures, who look as though they have been amalgamated with an Italian plague doctor and the germs from a Domestos advert, they will threaten you through the form of song, all with comical lyrics backed by the standout soundtrack.
The art is great as is the sound then, so what about the game itself? Sadly it’s a little basic and repetitive. The combat is very shallow, which I can live with, but the puzzles are very samey and there is far too much of having to retrace your steps. Take my advice, always take items with you, even after you have used it. This will save you a great deal of time.
Despite the rather basic nature of Figment, the sum of its parts outweighs its shortcomings. I got a little annoyed at times having to consistently return certain areas, but for the most part I enjoyed the game immensely and on occasion it brought on a little chuckle, and that is certainly saying something for a miserable sod like me. An experience you should experience.