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Verne: The Shape of Fantasy (2023) is a narrative adventure where you play author Jules Verne as he enters the strange world of his own novels. You talk to characters and choose what to say, traverse labyrinthine stages to avoid detection and solve brain-teasing puzzles. It stands out for the unusual use of Verne's historical science-fiction writing and how you manipulate reality to find ways to progress.

Inspired by Verne's literary classic "20,000 Leagues Under the Seas", in the final years of the 19th century, a devastating war between an all-powerful Nation and the Resistance threatens to destroy the world. Desperate to find a way out of the violence, you play Verne and team up with Captain Nemo as you set out on a mission to find an ancient relic with mysterious power. With help from a tool called the IMAG, which lets you change reality with your mind, your journey takes you to the corners of the earth, where only your wits and intuition will help you survive.

Play involves moving through stages undetected by moving between pieces of cover to avoid guards, talking to characters, and solving puzzles. When interacting with the people you meet, you can choose different responses which affect how they treat you. Puzzles range from moving different coloured lenses to rotating huge stone rings and require thought, patience, and logical thinking to solve. At certain points in the story, you can use the IMAG to alter reality by moving objects and opening doors. By creating small changes in the fabric of the world you can find ways to progress that didn't exist before.

The result is a game that feels like an interactive reimagining of Verne's seminal classic where science fiction combines with shifting reality and Indiana Jones-style puzzles, making for a unique and intriguing experience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Verne: The Shape of Fantasy 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle game with Adventure, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

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Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some of the puzzles require patience and a good deal of thought to solve, and some traversal/stealth sections require you to be slow and methodical.


Verne: The Shape of Fantasy usually costs £12.79.

Verne: The Shape of Fantasy

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/08/2023

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle (Adventure, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Verne Game (@VerneGame)

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