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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Signalis (2022) is a puzzle, shooting and survival game with horror elements where you search a desolate alien planet for your missing partner. You gather resources and weapons and use them to defeat robotic enemies and solve puzzles to advance through the nightmarish landscape. It's not only a unique blend of puzzles and firefights that weaves in a philosophical narrative about human existence and the purpose of life.

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.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Shooting game with Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 and a half hours and 12 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence, scenes of intense and sustained horror, and strong gory images. This game features realistic violence towards human-like characters, including when the player's character uses firearms to shoot zombie-like characters. Blood effects are shown and characters groan and scream when hit. Zombies can also be set alight, causing them to fall to the floor and writhe and scream. The game also includes scenes featuring a strong sense of threat and dread as the player's character makes their way through dark and eerie hallways littered with dead bodies, with the use of jump scares. There are also gory scenes, including a scene in which a knife is seen stuck in a human character's eye socket, with blood surrounding the wound.

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."

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Signalis usually costs £12.79 to £16.74.
 

Signalis

XBox Store Xbox X|S £16.74
XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £15.99
Switch Store Switch £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Shooting (Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Last Starfarer (@LastStarfarer)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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