Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Animal Well 15 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
Play involves exploring the world like other platform combat games. As you go you find items that provide new ways to change the environment and progress to new areas. But unlike more straight forward Metroid-style games there is a survival element too. You need to light candles for safety and gradually fill out your map.
The result is a game that you can progress at your own pace and rooms you can discover in whatever order you choose. Nothing is locked off from you, provided you know what to do. What keeps it from being quickly finished is the layered depth of its secrets that the developer intends the player community to discover together. "The main game is just the beginning. Players will be discovering hidden puzzles for years."
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