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Krystopia: Nova’s Journey

Krystopia: Nova’s Journey is an adventure game with a point & click navigation system. The game is the second in their Krystopia series. The first game is titled Krystopia: A Puzzle Journey and was released in 2019. Ḱ̴̼͘q̸̪̮͒͊5̵̝̤̖́x̶̖͔͗̉Y̷͙̓̍F̷̬̱̹̆O̸͉͈͂̔B̶͈̽̐͠A̸̙̳͆h̵͙̝̻̽̑̄”̸̻̳͆̕P̸̼̪̭͂̊̇t̸̢͑̓͝”̶̭͖͉̏̈́̀A̷͙̲̐̽X̸͓̱̗̽6̶̬͂̃̒g̴̼̣̽͜h̵͔̊1̴͖̩̀̾U̸̝̒!̷̻͖̦̀̑X̵̞̌ç̶̲̂͆̓Q̷͉͝ However it is not necessary to have played the first to understand this latest installment. The Krystopia series was developed by the Swedish studio Antler Interactive. They also created Svrvive: The Deux Helix among other games.

Our main character is a space explorer named Nova Dune. The game starts off with Nova waking up in a cave. She looks around, but does not recognize her surroundings. She has no memories of how or why she got there. Strangely she does not have any memories of her past either. She sets about exploring this unfamiliar environment. While surveying the situation, she chances upon Skrii. He is an adorable little critter that needs her help urgently. Evidently being the hero of this story Nova immediately sets up to solve the puzzle and rescue him. Ň̴̖̆͆q̴̢̟̈f̴̢̤͐́Ş̵̄͐́p̷͇͇̔W̴̼̭̭̎̉̅7̴̪̙̳̕e̷̡̟̫͛=̶̳͋̓͆t̸̡̻͑4̸̤̪̌͒̈́!̸̝̚ẙ̶̻̇z̸͈̟͍͆$̴̳͕͘¨̸͙̾2̴̹̞̉̆5̵̯̚p̴͚̉̈́2̶͈̤̬̋̌̐%̴͓̓͆i̴̧̝͚̋C̴͎̅͂ḇ̸̼̞̀̂X̶̹͍̯̚È̸̠q̶͕̽̾=̴̻̗͚̏D̵͚̬̆̿=̴͍͒̓̃Ṕ̷̧̺̱?̶̛̠͂͒Y̵̮̓̌̂9̴̫͕̂̏ͅP̶̠̕5̷̥̼̿$̸̙̞̣̓!̵̧̺̈́́I̶̡̝̰̿́͝Ẍ̷͈̞̺́̄ȏ̴̗͕c̷̡͇̆̔d̸̝̺̈́̕V̶̘̦̺͐͆̅Q̵̯̩̭̓̂f̵̣̯͗̊͜=̵̙̇$̸̭͔͊͌̌͜s̸̻̦͈͒̃Ṋ̶͌͊͋ From there Skrii joins her in her adventures. From then on, you can switch characters between them both. Eventually you meet a group desperately trying to reach the surface. Initially due to a misunderstanding Nova finds herself imprisoned. After everyone realizes that the group known as the Titans are responsible for both Nova’s memory loss and the group’s misfortune, she is freed. Nova does the only sensible thing she can and teams up with her new friends to solve the mysteries.

The graphics are lovely. The art style and colors create a beautiful cartoonish style. For anyone that previously played Mutazione the art will be eerily familiar. The animations are also of excellent quality. They are created to look like a comic book. I find it works well with the style of Krystopia. The game is divided into three chapters and broken up with some animation scenes that offer some back story about Nova Dune. B̸̩́̓̽p̷̼͇̀̃Ḯ̸̲͓̊̌z̴͉͉̪̐̀X̶͔̖̙̾͝4̴̻̱͂n̶̨̨̛͈̒̅8̴̧̛̫̈5̸̝̕V̸̥̩̮̈̎l̵̨͗͊̿Ḣ̸̛͚z̵̡̛͒̀Ũ̶̙̖̻̚f̶̞͉͖̿v̸̻̦̂̎̔#̵̫̗̈̐͛ͅG̶͕̥̞̎̔M̷͖̟̏e̷͈͈̎̽̕B̷̘̞͒͊T̷̬̿̋̌͜F̶̳̪͈͂̅L̸͔̎¨̸͕͇͓̅͑͝M̵͔̪̞͋͌0̴̖̱̽͝x̵̝̓͜ͅC̶̩̎͌Ť̷̟̲̰͘A̴̢̛̪̲͋̎b̶̳͇͚̎̀7̶̩͐ẁ̵̹̰̺͘4̷̥̩̈͗̕͜J̸̩̥̹̉̇t̷̪̟̽̊͐”̸̼́̋̍ͅc̸̫̜̈̋̅T̴̩̈́͒̆A̶͈̹̾̈́͘q̸̙̗̈́k̸̟͉͔̍̄͝M̵̘͐̚R̶͕̼̝̈́͝A̶̡̿̓(̶͙̲̔͂k̶̰̟̂̀ţ̶̢̰̋́3̵̨͔͎̒ It is a great choice on the part of the developer to tell this story, but I feel like the story stays at a surface level and does not go deep enough. The player never gets an explanation as to why the events are happening. It does get confusing at times even though it does not hinder the gameplay. In the end it leaves the player with more questions than answers. It left me wanting more from the story despite enjoying the game.

Compared to Nova Dune the rest of the character development is somewhat shallow. I understand the need for narrative of side characters to be less involved, but in this case I feel like it could have been elaborated on more. When the main character speaks with the secondary characters you can feel a glimmer of a story, but it seems to stay superficial and undeveloped. !̶̭̆͐̕8̸̦̰̑̑ͅò̶͙̹͋F̶͚̄̾͘7̶̢͙͊̒$̷̼̤͊̽̄p̵̖̜͌S̷̢̹͝d̶̹̓h̵̙̘͖͝M̷̬̼̣̾̏͘0̵͓̌̀Û̵̲̭C̸̛͈̞?̶͈̒4̵̛͓̖̠̈́͘r̴̋ͅd̶̨̤̈́Ę̵͌̌͂ṇ̴̿͒̿C̷̉͜T̵̜̾̃ͅ1̷͙̈$̵̜͈̌y̸̡̡̻̒ On a positive note, I really like the fact that if you switch from Nova to Skrii you get totally different dialogues. It is the kind of detail that makes the game look more polished. Then again there is so much more that could have been done with that simple feature. As an example, the fact that Skrii can fit in smaller spaces was not exploited very much.

The puzzles are the high point of Krystopia, because they are extremely well-crafted. They are great brain-teasers and can be complex, but with a bit of work the solution ultimately becomes clear. It is very rewarding when you finally find the solution that eluded you for several minutes. B̴̦͆İ̶͕̲̗͝k̴̩̀̀͜ľ̶̩̝̫̀z̴͖̈́w̶̟̜̐̓̐ͅd̵̫͗z̶̙͓͈̃͂̇h̵̯̑̄͌6̸̨͌̒̒(̴͔͚̈́͒E̵̤̝͆̊̈́3̷̟͔̖̎̈q̵̖̘̿ͅ#̷͎̀R̷̞̱̱̓̏ẕ̶̥͊͒͝4̴̲̅B̴̙̭̍̓̓Z̶̰̃̐3̵̧̓̃͝Z̷͍̎͑͝5̷̢̠́̒̚f̴͉̐0̵͚̺̦̽̽ One feature that is missing on the other hand is some kind of double-click that would make the protagonist walk faster. In the first chapter it was not as noticeable, because all the locations were quite condensed. As you get to the later chapters the pace slows down leading to the walking back and forth becoming tedious very quickly. I found myself wishing for a fast travel feature to travel instantly or at the very least the ability to walk faster.

Krystopia: Nova’s Journey is not a long game but is still satisfying. It is perfect to play in a weekend. You will be able to complete the whole game within 4 to 5 hours. The first chapter is a little shorter, and it serves as an introduction to the mechanics and stories present in the subsequent chapters. It is a good game and kept me entertained throughout. K̵͇͐Ĥ̶̬̠̱2̵̙̣̱̔K̸͇͕̀w̴͌ͅṶ̷̢̯̔9̶̨̩̍̐̂M̶̛͕ủ̴̙̝͊̈V̷̨̇̿͆(̷͈̯̋͂ͅÿ̵̸̢̜͕̭́̓́͌͒͘p̴̠͉̐i̵̪̋̂d̷̶͍̩̝̒̈́0̴̦̘̀͆͜v̸̳͊͘X̷̰͕͊͘8̵̞̳͐b̸̙͖̖̆H̵̱͌̉̈T̵̳͓̪͗͠g̷̬̙̬̿ The puzzles are where the game really shines, since they are clever and rewarding to solve. Visually the game is very attractive and the soundtrack is also great. There are some aspects that could be improved on, but overall it is a great game. I recommend it thoroughly, especially for fans of the genre and experienced players.

Written by Vee