03rd May2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Path to Mnemosyne’ Review (Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at puzzle game Path to Mnemosyne.

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A twisty, moody puzzle title set in a very grey world, Path to Mnemosyne won’t be to everyone’s tastes but the puzzlers out there will find a lot to enjoy in its tubular world.

Mnemosyne is the Greek Goddess of memory, Wikipedia tell me, it makes perfect sense as the fractured tale behind the game is that of a small, frail girl making her way forwards through a sort of endless zooming tunnel in order to regain her fragmented memories (represented as blue, flaming orbs) via the medium of puzzles. The controls are very straightforward with the bulk of the work being done via four-directional movement, a simplistic jump and shoulder-button usage in the more intricate, pointer-based puzzle sections.

Although the game is monochromatic in visual style, it does feel varied due to clever audio cues and the morphing surroundings hinting at not only clues to upcoming puzzles but also featuring twisted visages and towering skeletal structures. The controls can feel a little rigid in parts, especially when the game becomes more challenging and the inability to move the viewpoint in any way is limiting when you need to face the opposite direction to rotate tunnels etc.

The main meat of the game, however are the puzzles themselves and these can vary from intriguing and clever to a little bit tedious, on a couple of occasions I assumed I’d solved a puzzle only to hit a wall and need a glance online to check on how to proceed.

A relatively short game, Path to Mnemosyne stood out to me mainly for it’s ominous mood and scratchy, fluttering visuals. Puzzle games aren’t my strongest suit but its unique approach and striking presentation are a neat twist that kept things interesting, it’s also at a very fair price. If you fancy a head-scratcher, this is definitely one for you with it’s blend of rotation-based challenges and subtly dark tone.

Path to Mnemosyne is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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