If you are a fan of video games and a Lovecraft lover, you have most likely heard of The Shore. It is a graphic adventure strongly inspired by Lovecraft’s works, re-proposed in a unique way. If you want to find out what we think of the game, we invite you to read our The Shore review.
A short adventure inspired by Lovecraft
Based on the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, The Shore allows us to explore the mysteries and horrors of a remote island. In the game, we will play Andrew, a father searching for his missing daughter. Our goal is to survive the horrors that lurk on the island while tracking down our daughter.
Given the highly narrative and immersive structure of the game, we will not go further into explaining what it is specifically about. If we did, we risk providing too many spoilers and ruining the experience. The incipit we have given you, however, is enough to understand the general meaning of the game and the plot.
Mysteries and puzzles to solve
The gameplay of The Shore is very simple and intuitive; you will have to unravel mysteries and complete puzzles to continue the adventure. Obviously, everything has a great impact from the point of view of the atmosphere, thanks to the work done by the developers. In fact, they managed to hit the target and recreate the atmosphere of Lovecraft’s stories well.
While exploration, investigation, and puzzle solving are the main components of the game, The Shore also features combat phases. However, this is probably the least successful aspect of the title and which, if it had not been implemented, would not have been missed.
As for the rest, however, we can say that the puzzles were successful. They are never too complex, but not too simple to solve either. In short, they create the right balance. Which is extremely important in a game where narrative is the most important thing.
Great mystery and psychological atmosphere
As already mentioned previously, the atmosphere of The Shore is really on point. The game world that was created by the developers manages to channel within it the essence of Lovecraft. Even as regards the creatures present in the game, we can say that they are well made and respect the original ones.
From a technical point of view, the title suffers from some small problems, mainly related to textures and frame rates. However, despite this, we are not talking about disabling problems that do not allow you to enjoy the work to the fullest. Furthermore, a plus also regarding the accompanying music which succeeds in its immersive work.
Creatures, mysteries, and riddles to uncover
Ultimately, we can say that The Shore is a successful experiment by Dragonis Games. The developers have managed to take what is told in Lovecraft’s tales and customize it to create their own unique story.
The mysteries and puzzles to solve are well-designed and blend well with the gameplay. The atmosphere and the music do their job and are of great visual and acoustic impact. On the other hand, The Shore suffers from some technical uncertainties, with combat phases that do not excel.