When Hindsight ($4.99), the brand new game from Prune developer Joel McDonald, was introduced for a number of platforms, together with iOS, I used to be fairly excited to expertise it. Being printed by Annapurna Interactive is normally an amazing signal, however what actually had me excited for Hindsight is how it will inform its story. I’ve performed many interactive narrative adventures which have a memorable story, however don’t actually do a lot with interplay. These experiences are value your time, however I’m all the time hoping to see somebody do extra. That is the place Hindsight stunned me. I’ve now skilled it on each Nintendo Change and iOS for this overview, however will deal with the iOS model performed on my iPhone 11 and iPad Professional (2020).
Hindsight is a brief narrative-driven expertise that includes interacting with varied objects and places to expertise reminiscences. It focuses on a particular girl’s life from delivery till the current day. It includes a variety of grief and emotion. It’s all the time onerous to speak a couple of story in a game like this with out moving into spoilers, however I’ll say that it is without doubt one of the finest tales in a game this yr. It excels in the way it takes you thru totally different levels whereas supplying you with a glimmer of hope.
The precise game includes mild puzzles that contain transferring the digicam or objects in a particular solution to head to the following location or story beat. I really like how this retains you interacting once in a while whereas listening to the narration and experiencing the story. I additionally preferred nearly each location and interplay quite a bit in Hindsight. I wished to be as spoiler-free as doable on this overview, however the ethereal really feel a few of the motion and sequences listed here are wonderful. I don’t know the way it will stay recent, however I’d like to see extra tales advised like this from the identical crew.
Whereas the story and artwork in Hindsight are nice, it’s elevated by the music and narration. Having performed Hindsight a couple of days earlier than launch, I used to be ready for it to launch on Steam so I may purchase the game and soundtrack bundle. The music from Kyle Preston is superb.
In terms of management choices, Hindsight is finest performed with a touchscreen even if you happen to play on Nintendo Change. It feels excellent with contact controls. In the event you do need to play with a controller, the builders have accomplished a great job translating this game to a controller. The iOS model additionally has full controller assist with rumble assist and different controller choices. The screenshot beneath is from when you’ve gotten a controller paired. I used my PS5 DualSense controller.
My solely grievance with Hindsight on iOS is with the way it doesn’t have correct save states. I’ve misplaced progress when swapping to a different app and coming again later. This isn’t a dealbreaker given the quick runtime of about 2 hours, however I’d advocate enjoying Hindsight in a single sitting if you happen to can to get essentially the most out of it. The quick runtime may put some off although.
Having performed Hindsight on each iOS and Change, the iOS model is unquestionably the best way to go. It has the identical options together with controller assist, however runs at the next decision and is a 3rd of the worth. I didn’t know the way a lot Hindsight was going to price after I performed it on iOS, however knew the Change model’s value level. The game itself is unquestionably well worth the asking value, however when you have the choice, the cellular model is best. In the event you do need to get it on Change, that model additionally has full contact assist, which is all the time good to see in Change variations.
Regardless of the minor points I’ve with the game’s iOS model, Hindsight is a necessary if you happen to get pleasure from emotional narratives. I really like the way it consistently has you interacting even with easy swipes as you expertise nice narration, music, and a memorable story. In the event you get pleasure from quick tales, Hindsight is completely value your time and one in all my favourite tales in gaming this yr. That is additionally my favourite game from Joel McDonald now, above Prune.