Once Upon a Coma is an immersive and adorable indie adventure game that’s currently trending like crazy.
It’s a sidescrolling dark and mysterious themed game based on a simple plot. You play as a character named Pete and you just woke up from a coma and have no idea what you’re doing or where you are. Sure, it sounds like any other game at this point. But keep reading.
Your sister has gone missing and you hear violent screams in the heart of Black Wood- a fantasy world with bare trees, forests, streets, and fields all twisted in a dreamlike fashion. You need to uncover the story and mystery behind Pete’s history and also explore the violent behavior of the “grown-ups” all in a dark and haunted world. It’s truly an adventure of the ages.
The first thing you’ll notice about the game is the gorgeous graphics and artwork. It’s a blend of fantasy with a touch of realism done in a way that really immerses you into its twisted world. You’ll feel like you’re playing in the world of The Nightmare Before Christmas in Jack Skellington’s shoes or something. It’s that well done.
The game is mainly a series of small quests that involve some basic puzzle solving and exploration. There’s minimal dialog other than some clues that pertain to the main story. Most of the game is simply exploring the dark world through 10 different fantasy worlds.
You’ll also have to combat many different monsters that range from spiders to grown-ups. The game has you simply equipped with a barber’s small knife which you use to cut up everything in your path. It’s more about the exploration than the combat though, so the fighting scenes are pretty easy.
There are also a few platforming elements where you’ll need to jump gaps or scale objects. You may also have to dodge and evade some terrifying enemies as well. Of course, you’ll have your childhood pals and even your pet to join you on your adventure to discover your history.
Without spoiling the game, the game is a premium quality adventure that we definitely need more of. The sound is simple and effective and the soundtrack is a blend of softening piano-centered melodies mixed with soft percussion. The artwork is probably the best part of the game. Exploring the worlds while immersed in the gorgeous artwork is just mesmerizing while you solve puzzles and progress through the storyline. It’s truly an adventure to behold.
Once Upon a Coma supports Xbox controllers and PS4 controllers on Windows as well- for those who can’t play adventure games using a keyboard and mouse.
If you like the game, support the dev on Kickstarter. It’s planned to be avialable on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Try out the demo using the link below and start your fantasy adventure!
- Superb artwork that immerses you into a dark fantasy world
- Explore 10 unique worlds and solve puzzles
- Storyline is very well done
- Stunning OST
- Controller support
- Some puzzles aren’t the most intuitive
- Default controls are awkward
Download and Play Once Upon a Coma (Early Access)
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