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Traverser

The sun has died, forcing mankind to retreat towards what little heat remains beneath the planet's surface. Humanity's last bastion, Brimstone, is a city literally divided into upper and lower classes, both controlled by the all-powerful Raven Corporation. Raven Corp also controls the city's breathable air, with the wealthy Upper City getting far more than its fair share… Young Valerie Bennett has just passed the test to become a Traverser; a new kind of peacekeeper with the ability to travel between the Upper and Lower cities of Brimstone. Join her on a mission to reveal Raven Corp's sinister secrets, uncover years of lies and propaganda, and discover the most dangerous thing in all of Brimstone: the truth.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Traverser is a complete package that does everything well. It takes very familiar game elements such as physics puzzles and platforming and uses them quite effectively. Physics puzzles may be not super original as a game feature, but its the way their applied that is so well done here. I never knew what to expect and Traverser introduces these puzzles in subtle ways and never spells it out for you. I enjoyed this very much. Matter of fact the game does little hand holding and lets you figure out most of what needs to be done. Aside from the puzzles, the entire universe of Traverser just draws you into its unique narrative and charm. From the buildings architecture to the awesome flyers on the walls. This game has alot of personality and it shows. The voice acting is top notch and the story flows at a nice pace. The only gripe I could come up with for Traverser was the way game treats death. While there is no punishment there is a bit of a 5-10 second wait to reload and depending on how far a checkpoint was, retread the same areas. Also instant kill guards can be slightly annoying. This is a minor complaint though as death is very rare unless you mess up. In all I had a great time with Traverser and personally can't wait to see what is around the corner and what clever puzzles are there for me to solve.
I made a video review to show off some of the features and gameplay of this game!
I hope you enjoy!
Martyr

Review from Steam

This game has a great personality creating a wonderful experience as you Traverse through the dark but yet vibrant world of Brimstone. The game offers an eclectic mix of intelligent puzzles that forces you to think outside the box while having a blast with your gravity glove.
As you progress throughout the game you find funny and rather crazy objects that offers the possibilities to goof around, and it will undoubtedly make you crack up and smile like the kid you are.
Traverser is to me a great game that offers a lot of fun combined with the right amount of intelligence. I strongly recommend this game, 10/10 and would love to see a sequel!
Strongly Recommended!

Review from Steam

Ahh, I don't know what rating to give Traverser. It does some things so wonderfully, but it just falls short in almost every category for me to want to call it a "must-buy."
It's a platformer, so I expect top-notch controls. These felt a little loose to me, I had trouble judging depth-perception on occasion and the movement felt a bit syrupy. The AI movement is laughable--the bad guys just don't track properly and are confused easily (which in retrospect is good for me, as I prefer bull-in-a-china-shop play vs. sneaking about).
The graphics are enjoyable, the music fine, and the voice acting was great. No real complaints here.
My main problem is with the story; it feels so incredibly rushed. This game would have been so much better had it taken more time to flesh out the story. I still don't understand the gravity gates, the upper/lower city; I feel like I'm missing a huge portion of the game. If you've read City of Ember, you're esentially playing that story. Only not, because 2/3 of it is completely left out. While the story isn't confusing in any way, it just feels so condensed. You don't particularly care about any of the characters.
I was also a bit disappointed in the mechanics. You get a gravity glove in the beginning, think of it as a tractor beam on your wrist that you can use to pick up and fling things. Awesome! What else? Oh, that's it? No other toys? Just a glove? Haha no, that's not all. You also get a barrel to hide in. But yes, seriously, that's it. There are also some puzzles you encounter that don't need to be solved at all (seriously, what is up with those pipes in the sewer? Is there ANY point?). I wanted a few more things to play with, a few more interesting mechanics to explore.
Still, this game has a certain charm. For all the flaws it has something interesting, which is why I'm being so harsh in my review--because it fell just short of being awesome. Remade and doubled in length this game could be amazing. If you can pick this up on sale I recommend it for the experience, but I can't recommend it at the $15 price tag. I've giving this a thumbs-up because I think the developers deserve a yes for the game, but take that thumbs up with the caution that for everything this game does right, it really doesn't quite satisfy.

Review from Steam

A very very well thought out game, sat through it in 1 go during the night and loved it. The artstyle the voice acting the design, everything feels right and i have had 0 complaints. Every puzzle was good the boss was challenging but worth it and overall i rate it a solid 10/10.
A Must buy if you like indie games.

Review from Steam

Traverser is an adventure game set in a world where the sun has died and mankind had to flee underground.
Graphics 8 of 10
I truly like the graphics , they are in 3D but with some 2D objects. Yet they have a very traditional feel to it.
Music 7.5 of 10
The game has a matching ambient sound that was fitting for the genre and the setting. The voice-acting was top notch and there were even subtitles.
Gameplay 8 of 10
Typical adventure stuff , look for this item and do combine it with that one. But the twist is that you have a gadget called the gravity glove with which you can manipulate various objects e.g. stack boxes on top of each other to climb a higher a position. Some of the puzzles are quite challenging so be aware. It may be a little too tough on starters of the genre.
Story 8 of 10
The story is the story of a girl uncovering the hard truth about a sinister and corrupt company which directs the lives of the inhabitants of the underworld-people.
Final verdict
This game is true hidden gem. I never expected it to be soo good. It's almost flawless. Definitely recommended for all adventure gamers.

Review from Steam

some of the mechanics were a little wonky and some of the puzzles were difficult cause it would hide walls/cielings so you would try and go soemwhere you couldnt and not know why right away. Other than that i loved the story i loved the art style i really enjoyed streaming this game. I dont usually finish games cause i'm a bad person but i did finish this one.

Review from Steam

Puzzle-platformer at it's core Traverser delivers so much more. From the beautiful Victorian steampunk world to the weird and wonderful characters existing within, cities feel alive due to amusing banter happening as you pass on by while the quest dialogue is completely voiced. More adventure based then outright puzzles, if expecting to be challenged you may leave a little disappointed. Makes it accessible and about drawing players into a strange world which it does amazingly well.
With the sun fading leaving humans to evacuate below the earths surface in an attempt to keep warm, other problems arise. Biggest being the lack of oxygen, now limited and completely controlled by the mysterious Raven Corp. Fear not! A small group exists known as Traversers who can travel between Upper and Lower sections of Brimstone. Introduced to young Valerie Bennett your job is to not only keep the household running while passing school exams but figure out exactly what is going on.
Decent length story, fantastic soundtrack, no gamepad support due to the gravity gun puzzles but keyboard and mouse felt intuitive and responsive. Sometimes play games you just fall in love with, for me this has been one of those rare times. No downsides at all (nitpicking, rotating objects with gravity gun can be fussy). Would rate it in the top 5 games I've played all year, 'AAA" stuff included. Will keep this short as I don't want to spoil the fun but as always if any further questions ask away and I shall reply. Cheers folks and happy gaming!
NOTES:
Gametime isn't logged correctly playing offline.
Could be finished in 4-6hrs missing some collectables.
Publisher provided a steam code. Never changes my thoughts.
If you would like to see more. Playthrough link is below:
(suggest watching 2-3 at most, best experienced first hand.)