Posh English girls falling down a rabbit hole and waking up in a strange new world isn’t a new concept, but it is a great story. Throw in a super-intelligent cat and a world-swapping gaming technique where you move between characters and two different visual states, then you have the recipe for something original and unique. Another Sight has finally come to Xbox One to deliver a nod to Alice in Wonderland, Trine and a few other gems. But is it an exciting journey in Wonderland?
In Another Sight you play the role of Kit, an Alice in Wonderland clone who lives in 1899 London. After an accident, she wakes up in the underground to discover that a terrible thing has happened to her. Her sight has changed dramatically and now she can only make her way through the world like a bat, using soundwaves as a strange watercolor painting of a world unfolds. She needs help, and before she can cry out a cat named Hodges appears magically from nowhere and becomes the hero she wanted. This is where the journey begins…
The gameplay involves you switching between the two worlds of Kit and Hodges as you play out proceedings as the two different characters. Kit, with her diminished sight, walks slowly through the world using sound and textures as a guide. She can jump and move, but only if she feels confident of her surroundings. That’s where Hodges comes in. You see, Hodges can view all of the world around him, and can climb up pipes, clamber up walls, get through tight spaces and sit on pressure points that operate and power lifts. If Kit calls out to him – and they are close enough to each other – then Hodges meows back and the sound reflection gives Kit more of an idea about her surroundings. The main goal of the game is to get both the cat and the girl safely to the exit of each level. It has to be said, this is a very clever device that utilises both worlds, working extremely well to ensure that the interest level is kept high at all times, as we are left to try and work out how to solve the puzzles or level design with both animal and human.
The platforming elements of Another Sight on Xbox One are the most off-putting. Kit can action a little leap into the darkness and at times that jump is like me attempting to get triple jump gold at the next Olympics. The cat is more successful at the jumping mechanism – as you would probably expect – but at times the precision mechanic could certainly do with a little bit more refining. Saying that, these negatives haven’t really hampered my enjoyment of the journey as a whole; it just made it slightly more annoying.
The puzzles included are great fun though, and not at all that difficult, although they do give a fair amount of challenge that is rewarding without being exhausting – something which is essential for a puzzler. There are some stealth sections too, and I have loved the way you have to use both characters wisely to get past guards, utilising distraction techniques and pure guile. The action is good and the whole storyline is brilliantly created; intriguing throughout. I really like the way Another Sight uses real historical figures like Monet, Edison, and Tesla to tell a completely original story that enchants and is extremely well conceived. It’s a game for all the family too, appealing to teens and adults alike.
The visuals are superb, especially in regards to the contrast of the two worlds, where one is real and the other a painting of sound and texture. The character design is all fine, and the cutscenes are like a sparkling cartoon or graphic novel. I’m a big fan of imaginative game design and the developers have done an excellent job in creating a wonderful world to explore. Further to that, the soundtrack is pleasantly melodic with a nice relaxed feel to it, and there’s even some Clair De Lune to be played by the great man Debussy himself. The voiceover is okay too, but sometimes it’s a bit uneven and the guards do repeat the same dialogue a bit too much. But generally, both visually and aurally, Another Sight is very good.
In conclusion and Another Sight on Xbox One delivers 6 hours of unique platform/puzzling that I’ve had a blast with. The switching gameplay works extremely well and you must have a heart of stone if you can’t enjoy playing as a cat called Hodges. Some of the jumping is a bit off and doesn’t feel as accurate as it should, but it doesn’t affect things too much. The puzzles are good without being too tricky, the visuals are lovely and the soundtrack is relaxing.
If you want a game to play with the family or on your own then you can’t go wrong with Another Sight.