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After spending something like 8 hours to complete Call of the Sea, we are ready to share our thoughts on the game as well as a bunch of new videos on PC and Xbox Series X. If you're looking for an adventure that doesn't take you by the hand too much but that does not resort to far-fetched puzzles, you might want to take a few seconds to read our verdict.
Note: Again, the PC videos were recorded in 5.1 so if you want to enjoy them to the fullest, download it.

Verdict


Although it can't be denied that Call of the Sea doesn't bring anything new to the genre, it is still well worth checking out if you enjoy adventure games and varied puzzles. In a way, it reminds us a bit of Conarium, with a different note and a more optimistic and positive touch. Call of the Sea is above all a love story, as you play Norah Everhart, a young woman whose husband went on a year long expedition to find a cure to her mysterious illness. The problem is that after keeping in touch for a long while, the letters suddenly stopped, which motivated Norah to look for her dearly beloved Harry. Call of the Sea offers a pretty linear experience overall, with areas in which you must solve a certain number of puzzles in order to progress and get to the next chapter. Some place you will go though are sometimes bigger than others, but most of the environments remain limited in terms of scale. Don't expect to be able to explore an entire island like in The Witness, though exploration is one of the key components of the game. By searching your surroundings, you will come across différent clues which will alow you to solve the puzzles, but you'll also find documents left behind by Harry's expedition so you can put the pieces of the story back together too. The relationship between Norah and her husband is an endearing one and though they never communicated directly with one another, the solid voice acting allows to understand how deeply in love they both are. Call of the Sea is also a visually charming game, another common point it shares with the recently released Haven, though in a different style. Like in the Game Backers' title, we are made to understand how important each character is for one another, which is a pretty nice angle in our opinion. There are darker moments in this adventure of course, but overall, it's a lot more positive than what we're used to in games set in a Lovecraftian universe and it's a welcome change. If you are a Game Pass subscriber, there really is no reason not to give this game a try. If you're not but you're looking for a more old school approach to adventure games (so a game where puzzle solving is made too easy), then be sure to check out our videos to see if there is something in it for you.
  • On the upside
  • A nice story to follow
  • Beautiful art and vistas
  • Varied puzzles never made too easy
  • Old school approach to adventure games
  • Excellent voice acting, sound design and soundtrack
  • Available on Game Pass
  • A few more original sequences in the 2nd part
  • Avoid the monotonous bits of a longer experience
  • On the downside
  • Seasoned players may find it a bit short (7 to 8 hours)
  • We could use a bit more guidance at times
  • Not that original in the end
  • Not perfectly smooth on Xbox Series X

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  • We reviewed Call of the Sea - Gamersyde images (PC)
  • We reviewed Call of the Sea - Gamersyde images (PC)
nostradamus
nostradamus
Commented on 2020-12-08 18:05:01
Awesome intro, very Bioshock.
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capnkimo
capnkimo
Commented on 2020-12-08 19:18:23
me likey, it does remind me of point and click adventure games from the 90s.
will play soon.
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spacemanjupiter
spacemanjupiter
Commented on 2020-12-09 10:06:31
Just installed it. I'll check it out tomorrow. Visuals are appealing
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