Video games have evolved far beyond what they started out as. The original video games were meant to be played in bursts, to have fun during every second of their playtime, and more. But as games got more advanced, so did the style of storytelling. Now, players could have deep stories, have characters that talked and showed emotion, and even be capable of solving deep mysteries and puzzles. Recently, a trend of narrative adventure games have become very popular, and the latest one, Tacoma, is no different.
Tacoma is set in the year 2088, and you are the sole living person on a space station. But that’s the point, as something terrible has happened to the crew that once filled this place. It’s your job to find out what happened to all of them, no matter how horrible the answer may be.
To do this, you must travel from one end of the station to the other, and back, all the while watching recordings of the crew to help flesh out the mystery of what happened.
The story isn’t told through cutscenes though. Rather, you’ll see recreations of events that happened on the station through holographic projections. Through these, you’ll see how each of the crew interacted with each other, or what they did when they were alone. Each recording can be viewed from different angles, so see them all in order to get every piece to solve the puzzle.
Everything on the station is a clue. Both physical items and digital stories are clues that you need to find. Look around, go off on a quest to get one answer, then go somewhere else to find more.
The team behind Tacoma are the same team that made Gone Home a cult classic, so you know you can expect quality from them. The game is now available on Steam.