What is it?
The Inner World is a point and click adventure game set in the land of Asposia, an enormous hollow space surrounded by earth. Air is provided by three wind fountains, but now that the wind has stopped it’s up to a court musician and a mysterious thief to solve the mystery.
How does it work?
It’s a peaceful day in the largest wind monastery in Asposia. Robert, the court musician, is playing the abbot Conroy’s favorite song (one note, one beat) when a pigeon flies in and steals Conroy’s favorite amulet. In Robert’s frantic efforts to catch the pigeon, he falls down a trash chute and into the city for the first time in his life. That is where your adventure begins as you talk to people, explore, and find and use items to solve the mystery of the wind fountains.
You interact with the game by tapping on hotspots and then on the pop-up option to examine, take, use, or talk. You can also use items in your inventory and combine them with other items or hotspots in the game by dragging the item you want to use. All of the dialog has voice acting with optional subtitles and, while the quality is very good, you can skip the talking with a tap on the screen.
Puzzles are the biggest star in point and click adventure games, and in The Inner World they tend to be, in my opinion, a bit outlandish. I would often have to combine items that didn’t seem to fit or in ways that didn’t make sense to me. I can’t really blame the game…maybe my imagination is lacking or I just need to learn to see beyond the obvious. That’s why I was looking forward to using the in-game hints, but unfortunately they’re not available for every puzzle. If they were complete it would have been a much better feature and more helpful.
As you explore and solve puzzles, the story of the failing wind fountains starts to unfold and you learn more about Robert’s unusual nose and why Laura became a thief.
The Inner World has a well-written story that kept me wanting to learn more. I liked being able to play as both Robert and Laura and seeing their differences in how they interact with people and objects.
Is it contagious?
The Inner World is a great point and click adventure game with high quality voice acting, hand-drawn graphics, puzzles, and story that all make it a game worthy of purchase.