The Librarian in is an awesome new indie game that tells a creepy tale- without using a single word.
The game is made by Octavi Navarro who also made another popular title called Midnight Scenes: The Highway. The Librarian takes the same style of gameplay but delivers even more than the previous game.
You play as a lonely librarian who needs to investigate a library in an attempt to get some answers. The game has no dialog. Everything is presented to you by objects, actions, and animations. It’s a very obscure game that leaves a lot of things up in the air for your own interpretation of it.
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It’s one of those games that makes you think about what really just happened as you try to piece all the parts of the story together for a few hours after you’ve played it. There’s no concrete ending and it can either be the most meaningful game you’ve played all day or leave you completely confused and convoluted as to what just happened.
Either way, it’s done beautifully. The sound, music, and gorgeous pixel art are all presented so subtly but effectively. The art style is very pretty with a nice color palette and dark tones that throw this indie the horror genre, but not completely so. It’s a dark game with some dark undertones, but at the same time it’s very mysterious and inviting. The animations are also very nice and fluid. It’s not choppy nor half-assed so it just sucks you in.
At its core, The Librarian is a horror-themed point-and-click indie game. It has a few puzzles here and there. But the best part is probably the story. Without words, it really makes you think about what’s going on, which then immerses you into the game even more. It’s a truly atmospheric experience. Excellent presentation and very well done audio/visuals that work in pure harmony. You can tell that passion was put into making this creation.
The game has you exploring a library and you’ll come across a variety of puzzles. I like the puzzles, but some of them are kind of annoying because you’ll keep clicking with no feedback. Others are intuitive and very unique. You’ll feel like you’re making progress, but if you don’t like puzzles, you’ll need to learn how to be patient. Let’s just put it that way so I don’t spoil the game.
The game also has you encounter a previous librarian who plays a major role in the silent storyline. You’ll have to figure out the significance of this person yourself. Again, it’s up to much subjectiveness and interpretation. It is what you think it is.
If you’re looking for an inviting, atmospheric horror point-and-click indie adventure, try out The Librarian. It’s free and available using the link below. Don’t forget to thank the dev for such an awesome experience!
Last updated: 4/11/17: Added developer’s site.
- Gorgeous pixel art
- Immersive sound and music
- Fluid animations
- Subjective storyline
- Some puzzles were annoying without any feedback to clue you in