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In the distant future, the whole galaxy kneels to one authoritarian government which uses android Replikas as a labour workforce overseen by humans. You play Elster, a Replika technician who awakens on an unknown, seemingly deserted planet, and sets out to find her human handler, Ariane. You explore empty, lifeless facilities and buildings, gather resources that allow you to survive, unlock doors, and solve puzzles, using the weapons you find to destroy the malfunctioning Replikas who seek to kill you.
The gameplay consists of top-down shooting segments and puzzles. During combat, you must move quickly and aim precisely to ensure you don't get overwhelmed or cornered by the attacking hordes; experimenting with different weapons and strategies is paramount to success. The resources you find strewn about are essential to your survival, as they allow you to restore health, unlock new areas, and solve the many puzzles you encounter.
The puzzles range from cracking a passcode, decrypting radio messages, or balancing water levels within pipes. They can be just as challenging as the fights and often require deep thinking and perseverance to overcome. As you play, the story reveals itself through a series of notes you find, animated anime-style cutscenes, and challenging boss enemy encounters.
The result is a unique game that demands precision and accuracy in combat but also necessitates a slower and more thoughtful approach to the puzzles you face. It balances this unique gameplay blend with a thought-provoking reflection on the bonds that tie technology and humanity together in deep and inescapable ways.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Signalis 15 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
The developer provides the following Mature Content description on Steam: "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content."
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to accurately aim at and shoot enemies, and some of the puzzles can be very difficult and often require a good deal of thought. But mainly, you need the maturity to appreciate the driving story behind the game which ties things together.
Release Date: 27/10/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Accessibility: 17 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels