Indie Game Showcase: 48 Chambers

Welcome to another installment of the Indie Game Showcase. If you are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. The game that we are going to talk about today is called 48 Chambers, an action and adventure maze like title made by Discord Games. On it’s surface, everything seems pretty simple and easy to understand, but once you dig a little bit deeper into the experience there’s enough of a challenge here to make your head spin. Let’s take some time now and find out what this game is all about.

Sometimes a direct approach is the best way to go, because there is no story to speak of here. Basically, a little orb is stuck in a maze, and it’s up to the player to help them navigate through it. The gameplay centers around one simple concept, get to the end of a level without dying. Sounds simple enough right? Well, not really, because there are a number of different obstacles (spikes, turrets, metal pinwheels, etc.) that will make this objective seem like a living hell to accomplish.

Part of the reason why I enjoyed this title so much was because each stage presented a new obstacle that required me to think on my toes at all times in order to complete them. Sometimes it would involve something as simple as changing the size of an area that the object could move through, to having some traps move at higher speeds, to having to unlock certain doors with specific colored keys, and so on. Throwing people off their game is a great idea, and it made reaching each goal that much more satisfying. Dealing with randomness can sometimes frustrate people to the brink of insanity, but in the end, this concept works out in a more positive way instead.

Not everything worked out for the best though. The controls were a little bit finicky at times, especially when it came to having to move your character precisely through certain areas. Sometimes using a joystick for thread of the needle types of maneuvers just doesn’t work the way it should, which in turn led to some unfair deaths. Other than that, my only problem with the title is that it was a short lived experience that took me about an hour or so to finish. Still, for the low low price of only $1 (80 MSP), this game is definitely worth checking out.

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