Thursday, January 17, 2013

ASA review on JV.com

(j'ai ajouté une note sur la traduction française en fin d'article)

I spoke of jeuxvideo.com earlier, which is probably the most famous magazine about video games here in France.

I'm glad to annouce that they made a review of ASA: A Space Adventure (in french, of course), and the game got a very nice 15/20.

If you dont speak french but are interested in knowing more about this review, here is my quick translation of the verdict :

"Graphics 10/20
Of course it seems quite dated, but the regular players of Adventure games will probably not care. The environments have enough details and precision to make the player continue his exploration, and they also participate to the special atmosphere of the soft.

Gameplay 15/20
Lovers of point and clicks, and particularly slideshow/1st person point and clicks, will immediately find their good old habits, despite some problems with the interface and the movements, which are quite unwieldy finally. But this occasional discomfort brought by the archaic gameplay don't taint completely the pleasure of the player, who can devote himself to his favorite passion since Myst : solving some very difficult puzzles and immersing himself in a mysterious universe.

Life/ Duration 15/20
Two planets, a satellite, and various environnements immediately in the Ark... our playing field isn't huge however, but it is diversified, and mostly dotted of puzzles which should really slow down your progression. In the end, it will probably take you fifteen hours (without walkthrough).

Sound and music 14/20
The OST, quiet, nuanced and varied, is quite discrete in the end, but it also helps to impose the successful atmosphere, making us dive in this peculiar adventure. You'll have the sensation to live a story frozen both in the time and in space.

Story 14/20
An Ark, ambitious creation of a disapeared civilization, and a cube, attracting irresistibly various astronauts... The idea is pleasant, and quite well used, mostly thanks to the diaries of Philippe Forté hidden in the backgrounds, and they give us everytime a new part of an intricate story. Some aspects of the story are much more classical, but you'll probably follow it with pleasure.

Overall 15/20 (not an average of the above)

ASA : A Space Adventure is a good surprise among adventure games... because it was not really expected ! We're in front of a spatial Myst clone assumed, giving us the joy to reconnect with our passions of yesterday : the exploration of an universe filled with strange scientific machines forcing compliance, resulting in puzzles which are particularly hard, and a story that progresses thanks to our assiduous readings. Congrats to Simon Mesnard for this remarkable creation !"

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And thanks to the reviewer for understanding what the game is all about !

Traduction d'ASA en français :

J'en profite pour rappeler mon souhait de faire une traduction française du jeu dès que possible, certainement sous forme de patch. C'est important pour moi, mais je vous demande un peu de patience, c'est très long de traduire les journaux correctement, et laborieux avec le logiciel utilisé. 

Si certains joueurs français se posent la question "Pourquoi un jeu initialement en anglais quand on est français ?", je comprends la réaction et ma réponse est simple :

Comprenez bien que le budget de production du jeu est nul, et même négatif (achat de logiciels très chers). En effet, ASA n'a pas été créé par un studio mais par une seule personne, par passion avant tout, et je n'ai pas souhaité recourir à kickstarter ou ses équivalents (ce qui ne veut pas dire que le principe me déplait).

Par conséquent, j'ai préféré jouer la carte de la prudence en m'adressant à un public plus vaste : les anglophones, et à plus forte raison car ils ont été les plus nombreux à soutenir le court-métrage qui a initié le projet sur vimeo.