Overcome trials and tribulations in early twentieth century Vienna.
A good narrative. Video games can’t live without them, and neither can I. It helps to provide meaning to what you are playing. It motivates you to push forward and see what the title is gonna do next. The Lion’s Song is a point-and-click adventure game, but focuses on its characters and the world they are building. The result is a fun and refreshingly brief adventure that kept me engaged from beginning to end.
The story begins in Vienna, at the turn of the twentieth century. In Austria’s big capital, you step into the shoes of three characters and help them to overcome certain struggles. It is about breaking stigmas, making choices and reflect your thinking upon the characters.
The title, which appeared previously on PC and mobile, consists of four chapters. The first three zoom in on a character and presents you with a fresh perspective. The final chapter gives closure for all of them, seeing you reach a well thought out conclusion. It’s not incredibly hard to finish either, as each chapter will take you about 45 minutes to an hour. While I did wish that certain elements were explored longer, I do like the choices made.
While chatting with the characters, it is always important to stay sharp. That may seem obvious, but this title revolves a lot more on memory than I anticipated. The various conversations link with each other, constantly revealing new sides to the people you meet. It is rather engaging as the time just passed me by. I was surprised that puzzles weren’t the main focus, but that made the experience extra refreshing.
The graphics are represented with some fine pixel art. You can clearly see the layered work put into the game, and it is impressive to behold. The Lion’s Song also adds dramatic touches where it is appropriate, which adds to the tension. That feeling is underlined in the sound design, so players would be smart to use headphones. You would really be missing a part of what makes this game work.
The Lion’s Song is a fun journey through and through. While I did wish that it explored certain themes more, I can’t be overly grumpy at the end result. It offers an engaging experience that instantly struck a chord with me. The presentation, choices and flow just feel incredibly well crafted by its developers.