[Nintendo Switch] Inua – A Story of Ice and Time Review
Inua – A Story of Ice and Time from ARTE, The Pixel Hunt, and IKO is a narrative-driven journey with three protagonists linked at different times. Check our Inua – A Story of Ice and Time review!
Inua – A Story of Ice and Time from ARTE, The Pixel Hunt, and IKO is a narrative-driven journey with three protagonists linked at different times. It’s a game that takes place in the Canadian Far North. You’ll be taking on this one as Taïna Hyppolite, a present-day reporter who is searching for the truth about what happened to the Franklin Expedition, which aimed to explore the Arctic in the 19th century. There’s also Simon Woodruff, who is part of the aforementioned Franklin Expedition and is trying to keep the crew alive. Then we have Peter Tonizelli, a young filmmaker covering a military expedition in the 1950s.
You’ll control a cursor around the screen either by using the left analog stick or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode or if using a Nintendo Switch Lite. You can interact by pressing the A button or by tapping on the screen. This is needed for, say, entering a character’s mind, which you’ll have to do to progress further in each different story arc.
When you enter a character’s mind, you’ll be able to interact with a token, which are ideas that you can instill in a mind to interact with the world. For example, during the first segment of the game, you’ll be playing as Taïna. She’s been sent to a remote location to work on a special article. If you interact with her and then click on the Article token, she’ll consider taking another look at her notes so that she can get her facts straight.
By looking at said notes, you’ll learn that she’s made the trip to the Parks Canada research ship to interview someone. Her goal is to learn more about the Franklin Expedition. The Franklin Expedition left England in 1845. It included two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, which were state-of-the-art vessels with 134 sailors in total. No one saw the boats again after the year 1850. Since then, 40 corpses were discovered, with more than 90 still unaccounted for. The first tombs were found on Beechey Island, and the ships were located at Cambridge Bay.
Once you’ve taken care of that, you’ll notice that none of the characters will have an icon over their head. This will probably make you look around the screen for something else to do. It’s then that you’ll notice the new icon on the bottom right corner of the screen that is marked with the R button. Pressing the R button will change the scene a bit so that you can have new characters to interact with and perhaps new tokens for you to consider.
You can also interact with objects in the area, and it’s thanks to this that you can also find new tokens. Going back to the first segment in the game when playing as Taïna, some of the objects you can interact with to add new tokens to your set include the chain that was used to discover the remains of the Terror vessel or the tin cans that were recovered from it… which no one dares to open. Sure, they’re very much past their expiration date, but the issue is that they might have been tainted with lead due to a faulty sealing process. Some tokens will transcend space and time, and you’ll be able to
Inua – A Story of Ice and Time is a narrative-driven journey with three protagonists linked at different times. As you interact with characters and use the tokens you’ve added to your set along the way, you’ll learn more about protagonists Taïna, Peter, and Simon and how their destinies are intertwined. What really happened to the Franklin Expedition? You’ll have to play the game to find out! Inua – A Story of Ice and Time is out on Nintendo Switch with a $14.99 price tag.
This Inua – A Story of Ice and Time review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by ARTE.