Wild with emotion and set in some gorgeously dark settings, Pinstripe takes you on an amazing adventure through what can only be called hell!
Welcome to the mysterious world of Pinstripe, an Indie Platformer from the creative mind of Thomas Brush. In this game, you play as Teddy, an ex-minister who is forced to go basically into a shadow realm and rescue his 3-year-old daughter from a demonic being known as Pinstripe.
Right off the back, you will be taken away by the amazing music. It is a perfect compliment to the worlds and emotions that are being conveyed through every single aspect of the game. It is quite amazing how music can be such a make or break for immersion in a game. From the beginning to the end, the sounds of Pinstripe play the just as important role as any other in the game!
From the music to the game world, you are taken into the story rather quickly. This zeroes into the immersion level as you already are in the thick of the action, and barely had enough time to sip your tea! The story takes you through an extremely well-paced rollercoaster that just seems to have the right amount of twist and turns leaving you at the end feeling satisfied but also with a wide range of emotions. Through it all, everything seems to come together extremely well and just shows the overall polish of this story and its design!
The graphics are so gorgeous in this game. It’s hard to hate on the visual styling because you can tell that a lot of time and passion went into the carefully crafted worlds. The 2D characters blended perfectly into the hand drawn environments creating a much more visually appealing world. Players can see the sinister nature of Pinstripe, feel the bitter cold of the snow blanketing the forest and connect with each character you meet as they visually display their emotions. No detail is lost as you scour through environments for clues and see blank faces on the walls and the messages Pinstripe leaves you on your search.
Voice acting is never expected in an indie game and even when it is done, somehow does not hit the mark completely. Pinstripe surprised me with how well the Voice Acting was handled. The voices are so clear, yet sound like they perfectly blend with the environments around them. Some voices sound familiar and should as they are online personalities but do not distract the player from the main goal! They were very well executed and really bring together certain emotions that would not be conveyed with just text.
Getting through the game, players will have to use their wits to figure out puzzles spread out through each world. Some puzzles require a certain item or even certain memories to accomplish which add to the discovery of the worlds! These puzzles reward ways of moving forward with the story and unlock previous areas that were blocked.
Bo’s trusty slingshot will be your other equalizer in this game! Use it to pop lights, crates, stun enemies you name it, this is a do everything kind of tool! Using the slingshot is actually pretty smooth as a mechanic as its accuracy comes out when using Keyboard and mouse. Those who use the controller will have no issue at all playing either as the mechanics are very fluid!
So now you know everything great about the game, what is there to complain about? This is all up to players opinion here! The gameplay is pretty basic. Players will be mesmerized by the story, visuals, and sounds that they will quickly forget about how basic the game really is. You either shoot your slingshot, or you jump on enemies to defeat them. The puzzles are pretty basic, allowing you to blaze through the game rather quickly. Thankfully the game’s presence revolves around the story so it does not hurt the overall experience. I actually had a great feeling of satisfaction at the end of the game but sadly this did affect my feelings toward the new game plus. As much as I wanted to jump into the game world and discover the secrets that remain, I felt pretty satisfied with my first experience coming back to it so soon did not make sense.
Overall Pinstripe tells a beautiful story, set in a surreal world. Minor quirks that do not take away from the game by any means and is definitely an experience many should go through! The game is a 2D sidescroller with very limited controls, some intuitive puzzles and just may not fit everyone’s liking. Personally, I loved going through this game wanting to sit through it from start to finish in one playthrough. Sadly the game only lasts about 2-3 hours to beat. Want a game that will make you feel? Pick up Pinstripe now!