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Metamorphosis

You wake up one morning to find that you are rather inconveniently transforming into a tiny bug, while your friend Joseph is being arrested for reasons unknown. To save him and to find the answers you seek, you must embark on a journey through a world which, like yourself, has become twisted and unfamiliar. What once seemed like mundane dwellings have become an expansive obstacle course, and now you’ll have to chart your path through the dingy nooks and crannies that exist within the cracks of civilization. Use your wits to unravel the truth, and regain the life you once knew. A bug's perspective in first person - experience the world in a whole new way Challenging environmental puzzles - parkour, wall climb, search for clues, and overcome obstacles Unique movement mechanics - make full use of your tiny body and sticky limbs A story inspired by Kafka’s imagination - meet eccentric characters in a hand-painted world, as you journey through surrealist landscapes towards The Tower
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Honestly I felt a bit disappointed when it was all said and done.
It's a story-driven game for sure, which means you're on rails for most of it. However, you do get quite a few opportunities to explore off the beaten path, albeit mostly pointless but it's appreciated. I thought the world building was pretty neat along with the story and the cool artstyle. However, I felt there was a MAJOR lack of bug diversity: I was expecting to see some slugs, mantis, or beetles, but it seems it's just the same 3 bug models with retextures or some props glued on. You'd think a game about bugs would have more than a couple bugs to gawk at, but I guess it wasn't up to me.
All-in-all, it didn't feel like a rushed experience for once, despite the entire game not being paced very well. The levels weren't exactly connected very well either, but I think that's part of the surreal, Kafkaesque aesthetic.
I don't know how to conclude this, so I'll just say this: It was a neat 5 or so hour game for what it was, I don't know if it's $25 worth of game though. Take that as you will.

Review from Steam

I recommend this game for the artwork,story,enviroment and it's atomsphere. I do not recommend buying this game expecting great or fun gameplay to be involved because there is hardly any. If you enjoy a great story to play through then it's great. But otherwise you will feel bored playing the game after a couple of hours.

Review from Steam

very bug focused story with a strong emphasis on bug type game play really making you feel like a bug i give it 4 bugs out of five and the seal of bugpproval

Review from Steam

Metamorphosis is a game made purely with the big hearts of its developers and is a proper exposé of middle stage capitalism.

Review from Steam

If you like bugs this game is for you. Good story, puzzles and 26 achivements for you to Kafkaesque your life.
Would recommend buying it on sale, not full price.

Review from Steam

What a strange little game. I by no means could say I didn't enjoy it - I did - but it was just so weird.
First off: the art style and aesthetic are fantastic. This game looks weirdly realistic and painterly at the same time. I consistently felt wowed by how beautiful this game looked. The levels have this wonderful presentation, where you get to explore a cluttered office space as a tiny bug, or enter a gramophone that the bugs use as a bar/club. It's really well-done.
However, as another reviewer said, the game seriously lacked variety in the kinds of bugs I got to see. It was the same exact insect model with different colours. It gets rather monotonous after a while, and it's clearly a sign of a lack of time/resources on the dev's end (which I sympathise with, them being an indie studio).
To add to this, there's parts of the game where it just feels like the explorable area is huge but without much to really do. And when your objective takes you across large parts of that map/level multiple times, it gets a bit tiring (even though you generally know where you should be going). This really hurts the pacing of the game and made me feel like even the 4.5 hrs I spent could have been cut by an hour so. I really enjoy short games that don't overstay their welcome, and Metamorphosis was stretching that line a bit too far.
The above two points lead me to believe that this game started off as a far more ambitious project than what we got (because the first half of the game is beautiful and lavishly detailed), but as they burned through time and resources, they realised they'd have to seriously scale back the scope or risk running out of money. The second half not only feels a bit soulless and dull, it's actively boring to play, which the first half was certainly not.
Finally, the story. I didn't really get the story...? It felt like there was an important story going on in the background that I was being withheld from because I've been morphed into a bug. Which I guess is part of it, but it seemed rather aimless. Yes, the protagonist's main objective was to turn back into a human, but there was really nothing else to motivate me from a narrative perspective. No interesting characters, plot points, etc. The human characters were having some kind of conflict/story that seemed to be potentially interesting, but just like the radio transmissions in MGS V, it was all happening in the background and I couldn't really pay attention half the time.
And the ending was so stupidly rushed and completely random. It had no emotional impact, no catharsis. It made no sense that they would end it like that, and it felt rather like the devs had gotten sick of their game and wanted to be done with it as soon as they could (although I'm sure that's not the case, they probably just ran out of time). Which is a real shame.
Anyway, this is certainly an odd game that not everyone will enjoy, but if you like weird and beautiful art direction, some interesting levels and presentation, maybe give it a shot. This is a very conditional 'Do Recommend' from me. Just don't set your expectations too high.

Review from Steam

A walking simulator, with some fairly light puzzles, but satisfying enough. Absolutely stunning, one of a kind game. I've played some strange games, but none took me on a journey quite like this. Soundtrack was excellent, art style was a surreal gallery of paintings come to life. If you are a fan of Franz Kafka, or like a good, weird tale, you will probably like this game. It is fairly short, but I'm super glad I picked it up.