I’m always pleasantly surprised when I come across a game that doesn’t cause me any stress at all.
Let’s face it, there are just so many games out there where you have to complete stressful tasks or fight dozens upon dozens of bad guys. A Song in the Void from developer Armogaste is a great example of a simple platformer that allows you to explore at your own pace without being bogged down by fighting, time trials or any pressure of the sort.
In A Song in the Void, the world around you is quiet. Everything is tied to music, so as you explore the world around you’ll discover new types of sound. Each island that you visit will feature a different style of music. Your main goal is to terraform a new planet with the help of a man who introduces himself as Feor. There is also an AI that’s trying to stop you from completing this task.
If I’m honest, I didn’t focus too much on the story aspect of the game. Everything else was done well and the story felt pretty lacking, as though it didn’t really belong there. In fact, perhaps without a story A Song in the Void would have flowed even better. It’s the type of game that would have perhaps benefitted from the player figuring things out for themselves.
When you’re given free reign of A Song in the Void‘s world, after a short tutorial-like level, you’re tasked with collecting different floating modules strewn about the land. Each time you collect one, you’ll affect the land around you as well as the music you hear. In the very first island you have to be careful of rising and falling water levels. One wrong move and you’ll have to start over from your last checkpoint. On the second island you’ll start out in a desert. You’ll also visit tundras and other wastelands, collecting these modules to change the world around you. You can always go inside of buildings throughout the area to collect even more modules.
A Song in the Void is a pleasant, easy platformer that encourages you to explore your surroundings and walk off the beaten path. Players of any skill level will find it easy to pick up and play and I definitely recommend giving it a shot.