Like the old saying never judge a game by its cover

User Rating: 9 | GRIS NS

There's something about Gris that really stands out as a hidden gem, especially with it being released around the end of this year being 2018, it's not a difficult game or even an easy game to play and finish its more of a relaxation if you think about it. I consider this more as art than a video game there have been other games in the past have been considered as art than gaming overall you are there for a great experience when it comes to gaming.

Gris follows the story of a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities. If you compare this with Journey there is a different comparison between the two going on a journey for Gris however, tells a story and it can be quite emotional to look at.

With it being a 2D puzzle-platformer the abilities you gain are quite easy to handle either you plan on picking it up for the Switch or on Steam, most of the time you'll be jumping and thinking of methods of trying to solve a certain puzzle. I clearly don't want to spoil the gameplay because it's one of those games that you want to have very little knowledge when it comes to playing Gris. There can be a little bit of backtracking at certain moments, it's not repetitive, some of the puzzles can be quite challenging and fun at the same time.

What really makes Gris shine is the graphics and visuals, everything is well detailed from the ground up from both the opening to the gameplay. It all feels like a moving painting with some strong colour effects and highly well detailed animation, I was really surprised that Nomada Studio managed to pull this off I just couldn't put the game down because it was that breath taking to look at on your screen. When looking at it feels more like a mobile title, of course, when looking at other indie type games that have the same style, Gris on the other hand does something completely different making you feel drawn into that world.

Even the soundtrack is highly well done, you can easily just relax to the music alone feels like it has a strong sense of emotions which you rarely listen to for a video game. It might feel like a short game at the end, for the price you are paying its worth it if you wanted to take a break from gaming in general or even you are a casual gamer, I think you'll find this game enjoyable and memorable by the time you've finished the game making you feel speechless. If you own a Switch or have a Steam account, I'd highly recommend this hidden gem if you ever get the chance this is a one of a kind game that shines, showing people that 2D gaming is still strong with a stunning colour visuals and worth the time.