“One morning, upon awakening from agitated dreams, Gregor Samsa found himself, in his bed, transformed into a monstrous vermin.” Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
I was able to get hands on with Ovid Works’ game Metamorphosis which is based on the novel of the same same by Franz Kafka. As the quote suggests, the demo starts by waking up one day as an insect. Everything around you seems to be getting larger until you realize that you are now an insect navigating the world as a much smaller being. The demo had two sections: an intro section that explained a little of what was going on followed by a glimpse of the gameplay. Metamorphosis is a puzzle platformer at its core, which I found to be rather enticing, and was pleasantly surprised by the scale of the environments and use of this scale to drive the puzzles. Stepping in glue to climb up to a new area, navigating through gears on a printing press, and trying to discover more about yourself. You also meet some other egotistical and eccentric creatures along the way. The demo was around 30 minutes long and it had me craving more. The intriguing story based on the Kafka classic truly had me wanting to explore more about Gregor and the other insects, understand how they got that way and why they are doing what they do. The puzzles had me challenged enough that it was enjoyable without breaking the story too much and platforming was well executed through visually interesting and well designed levels. Metamorphosis is set to release in 2020 and is expected to be about 6 hours in length. I personally can’t wait to see where the rest of Metamorphosis takes us.
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