The Uncertain: Episode 1 – The Last Quiet Day is an atmospheric and story driven adventure in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by robots, and driven by logic.
The majority of the game feels pretty laid back, but there were a few brief moments of excitement during the playthrough. A lot of the game play is walking around, exploring areas, and clicking on everything to learn more. At first I thought it would be a point and click adventure, but you do actually move and control your character using the keyboard.
Like many other adventure games, you have to follow the exact sequence of events, and I would have liked a little bit of flexibility. (For example, I had to go on the charging platform, and I knew I would need to power it up first. I couldn’t power it up though, and I had to click on the charging platform first for the game to tell me that the power wasn’t on.)
- the voice acting is amazing; they did an excellent job with the logic and lack of emotion in the dialog
- good soundtrack that helps to create an immersive atmosphere (there were a few parts repetitive parts, but it wasn’t too often)
- environments look fantastic, and a lot of detail went into them
- puzzles are diverse (ranging from environmental puzzles, to mini games, to code hacking); puzzles feel fresh and varied, and often require you to pay attention to your surroundings
- if you get stuck on one puzzle, after a while the game helps you with the solution – I was relieved about that because even after knowing the answer, I still didn’t know where it came from
- there are a bunch of Easter eggs to be found that make jokes and references to other games
- the story is intriguing; as you meet other robots, and start to learn about the corporate deceptions taking place, and you will likely want to know more
- the game starts off slowly, and the plot develops very gradually; of course, the episode ends right when the most exciting part happens (I suppose that is the nature of episodic games though)
- some of the lighting effects, and reflective surfaces are overdone, and can be distracting (but I only noticed it in a few areas)
- default walking speed feels a bit slow (but at least you can sprint)
- gameplay is a bit short for the price
- there are dialog choices you make, but it doesn’t seem like any are decisions that influence the outcome of the game; unfortunately, with there being only the one save slot, I didn’t want to risk starting over, and losing my previous save by testing it out
- (nitpick) some minor subtitle errors
- (nitpick) movement sometimes feels awkward when the camera angles change
The game took me about 2.5-3 hours. Given how great the game looks and sounds, part of me can’t help but think that if the game had been a first person experience, it could have been even more immersive, and even more enjoyable. I still liked the game though, but the first episode has a lot of buildup, and is very slow paced. It ends right where the action feels like it’s about to begin. It’s certainly a game worth checking out if you enjoy games with a similar feel to other story rich point and click adventures. However, you may want to wait for more episodes to be available or a sale price.