You’ve just gotta love a decent point-and-clicker, and when the Ratalaika Games name is behind it, you’ve probably just gotta love it even more. Heal: Console Edition should therefore be something to seriously consider spending time with.
Created by Jesse Makkonen (of Distraint fame) and ported and published into console-land by the might of Ratalaika Games, Heal: Console Edition comes to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S (with full Optimised badging), PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch to deliver some rather abstract point and click action to players.
Priced at £5.99 and available to purchase and download right now, Heal: Console Edition will see you attempting to guide an old man through a dark and mysterious world; one that promises to be hugely atmospheric.
Your main goal is to find an exit to the room you are in, working through spatial logic challenges and 2D puzzles in the process. Find the solution and progression can be made. Fail, and this old man will be left wondering forevermore.
Pushed along by a narrative that works the obscure angle, and attempting to immerse you into the world by some delightfully unique handmade visuals, there should be lots to love about the arrival of Heal: Console Edition on Xbox, PlayStation and Switch. Even more so when you consider that Ratalaika Games are well known for pinging across multiple easy Xbox achievements and Gamerscore with the vast majority of their games. If you love easy cheevos as much as we do, that’s another tick in the Heal: Console Edition box.
- Side-scrolling 2D with unique, handmade graphics
- Atmospheric sound design
- An abstract world filled with puzzles
- Narrative driven by the atmosphere
Our full review will happily show you whether this is an adventure worth partaking in. Give it a read whilst you wait for your download to action from the Xbox Store, the PlayStation Store or the Nintendo eShop.
Heal is an experimental adventure game from the creator of DISTRAINT series, exploring the themes of aging and dementia. The narrative is driven by a strong and obscure atmosphere, with instructions and dialog used only sparingly. Wake up from a dreamless sleep, explore the mysteries of your surroundings and solve puzzles.