Plot: What’s it about?
In the mid 80s, the world has fallen into ruins. Most of the population has been wiped out and only small pockets of survivors are thought to exist. You take control of a man who lost his family in the chaos, but he continues to push onward with hopes of finding them at some point. After helping the group you’ve been traveling with, you have to trek forward on your own, with plans to meet up with them down the road. Deadlight is a side scrolling puzzle/platform game, you have to navigate the levels with tricky jumps, exploration, and at times combat. This means harrowing platform segments, using the environments to your advantage, and above all else, staying alive. The enemies of Deadlight include the hordes of undead, unpredictable survivors, and the world itself, which has decayed and is always on the brink of collapse. If you want to survive and have a chance to find your family, you will need to be sharp in mind and reflexes.
Video: How does it look?
The visual design here is certain to remind players of Limbo, as the visuals are dark and silhouettes are a prominent fixture of the designs. But Deadlight spots a higher level of detail, with backgrounds that show good depth and atmosphere. So while this game is cloaked in darkness, there is more to the visuals that silhouettes and shadows. I think the visuals look excellent and the dark shadows add to the tension, as dangers are often masked within those shadows. The visuals are also very refined and polished, so Deadlight looks terrific.
Audio: How does it sound?
While not as attention grabbing as the visuals, the sound design is also more than competent. The audio is used to enhance the atmosphere of the experience, as well as to ratchet up the tension. The sound effects tend to be on the plain side, but that doesn’t have a negative impact on the game experience. The voice work is quite good, much better than expected in fact. So while not as flashy or explosive as some games, Deadlight’s soundtrack is rock solid.