[Beyond PlayStation] Starman Review
Starman is a short but fun and entertaining puzzle adventure on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this gem in our Starman review!
Starman is a short experience with nine chapters that are split into 24 levels that will offer more than 30 puzzles to solve. It is presented in a minimalist black and white motif which helps to make your character stand out from what is presented for each location since he has a distinct glow to him. As you will soon understand, light plays a big part in the gameâ€™s puzzles and how its gameplay mechanics work.
Starman is a point and click style adventure puzzle game, so youâ€™ll be moving a cursor around the screen with the left analog stick to point where you want your character to go, to then click with the A button to make it move there and interact with things. As soon as you begin, you will be given your first puzzle. There is a glowing box of light on the left side of the screen, under a sign that says Exhibition, and you need to click on it so that your character grabs it. Once you have, just click over to the square on the floor on the right side of the screen to move there with the square, and drop it with the B button. Thanks to this, the door near the Entrance sign will power up, allowing you to start your journey.
Next, you will find a black box with a white X on top, letting you know you can click on it to grab it. This particular box will be used to build a bridge over a small gap that leads to a switch on the left wall that will open up the path to a new puzzle with the word Light emblazoned on the left wall – a clue as to what you need to do next. By grabbing a transparent cube, youâ€™ll be able to move it towards a light source to power it up, which will allow you to drop it on top of a cube with an energy sign on top of it. By doing this, you will release a small light orb that you can drop on the bonfire back at camp to release a beautiful blue glowing butterfly, thus completing the first chapter.
It is with this basic knowledge, and a few of things youâ€™ll run into in the other eight chapters in the game, that you will take on the gameâ€™s puzzles. Sometimes youâ€™ll need to use levers to activate platforms or to move things around, while other times there will be switches on the floor that you need to activate while making sure that the cubes you can energize are ready for play, visualizing when stacking up cubes might help you to solve some of the puzzles you right into. There will also be buttons on the sides of walls, conveyor belts, and a lot more!
Starman is a solid puzzle adventure on Nintendo Switch that is short and to the point, giving us an entertaining experience that will last you around 2-3 hours depending on your skill and expertise with similar releases. Itâ€™s available for $8.99, and I definitely recommend that you give it a go.
This Starman review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Nada Studio.