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Yon Paradox – Quick Game Review

Yon Paradox – Quick Game Review
Yon Paradox (PC [Reviewed])
Developer: Digital Mantis
Publisher: IV Productions, Merge Games

Yon Paradox is a surreal survival puzzle game, where everything you do is on the clock, and the greatest challenge to overcome is yourself!

The game is set in a surreal cyber dimension. You have to fix the malfunctioning time machine by solving puzzles to unlock gear bits, while avoiding other versions of yourself. The puzzles were simple, but the fact that you were always on the clock made them a slightly more exciting.

Time rewinds at fixed intervals, and another version of you spawns, and repeats all of your previous actions. More versions of you continue to spawn at every time rewind. It’s safe to see other versions of yourself, but if another version sees you, a paradox occurs. (I did notice that if I was quick enough though, that I could run right passed other versions of me.)

There were stationary indicators for the next time until rewind, but I would have preferred a permanent hud indicator instead. I also would have preferred more difficult individual rooms that save their progress, over having to repeat the same easy rooms several times.

Pros:
  • great concept
  • decent music
  • simple, yet vibrant environment (but I could understand some people being turned off by the visuals)
Cons:
  • no teleport movement in VR mode, and that makes me nauseous (so I played using my monitor)
  • audio for the sound effects is too loud and irritating (and there is no setting to turn it down)
  • moving objects felt sluggish UPDATED: This has been improved
  • carrying large cubes later on in the game caused severe object shaking (it was so bad that it actually caused me to lag out) UPDATED: Cubes barely shake now; I still lag out periodically, but it’s a lot less frequent
  • lacked any depth to the story
  • if you encounter a paradox, you have to completely restart the game – the early rooms get very tedious, and repetitive
  • whenever time rewind happens, my screen would go completely black for several seconds, but the audio would continue to play, and I could still move around – this was absolutely frustrating to experience (every 120 seconds in normal mode)
Conclusion:

It took me about 2.5 hours to complete normal mode, which unlocked a hard mode with more frequent time rewinds (every 90 seconds instead of 120 seconds, but I didn’t feel the need to replay it. While Yon Paradox is an interesting game, this game is not for everyone, it will only appeal to some people. It does have some issues, and can get very repetitive, but the cost of the game is pretty low. So, I was entertained long enough to be worth it.

Rating:

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