LifeisXbox’s Keyword: A Spider’s Thread review | It’s the year 2048 and you live in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. Life is good but then one day your daughter goes missing. The police don’t really want to help since they think it’s just a simple case where a teenager has run away and will show up again in a few days. Luckily, you know better and start an investigation all by yourself from your own apartment since there is a lockdown and you can’t leave your house. Sounds interesting, right? Well, this is the plot of City From Naught Inc.’s new game Keyword: A Spider’s Thread.
ℹ️ | We played Keyword: A Spider’s Thread for 7 hours on PC.
What we liked!
- Graphics | The biggest chunk of time playing Keyword: A Spider’s Thread, you are playing from the same appartment. So here it is important that everything looks spot on as flaws will get noticed quickly. And it is here that I can say, the developers succeeded. Every little aspect of the appartment looks detailed and nicely designed. Luckily for us it doesn’t stop there! Since you are experiencing the game from your appartement, you will have to look outside of your window over the city of Toronto for some tasks. And this is where beauty kicks in. What you can see is designed so colorful and futuristic. Personally, it’s a pleasure to see and I’m kinda sad that I don’t have that view at home.
- Story | I already told about the story in my intro, but now with a little more detail. Keyword: A Spider’s Thread is a game where you have to find you missing daughter. In order to do this you will have to hack e-mail and social media accounts, the police system, etc. Search for clues by looking through a binoculair and spy on your fellow citizens, and a lot more that I’m not going to spoil. The story is an intruiging one, but I should mention that I can be quiet hard to get started with. However, once you get the hang of it you really want to find out what happend to your daughter and will probably finish the game in 2 or 3 sittings.
- Sound | Sound-wise there isn’t anything special in this game. When you launch the game you have to watch a short video where the story gets told to you. This is completely voice-acted and throughout the game there are some spoken lines. Keyword: A Spider’s Thread is further filled with some good sound-effects but nothing that stands out extremely compared to other games. I think it’s perfect for the game we’re looking at so I don’t really have to complain about anything here.
- Features | The game offers some handy features which are really well thought out. In Keyword: A Spider’s Thread it’s important that you take notes of things you encounter since it can be valuable information in the future. Now, instead of taking a piece of paper at home and writing everything down, the game offers a notepad feature where you can make notes, and give them a name. So you always have your valueale information right there with you. Anothter thing that the developers added to the game that I really liked is that there is a page on the PC called ‘To do’. This basically tells you what steps you need to take in order to progress in the game. If you are stuck and don’t know what to do you can even click on a question mark and it gives you a hint. Still don’t know how to take action? Then you can click again and the game tells you what steps you need to take without telling you the answer to the mystery. I really liked this feature since you still got to play the game and search for the answers, and it just makes you look in the right direction.
- Replayability | It is a point that I should mention and it fits perfectly in the ‘somewhere between’ catogory. Since Keyword: A Spider’s Thread is a game where you have to solve a mystery by searching for clues and solving puzzles, it’s really fun and intruiging. Unfortunatly, after you have finished the game there is no fun in playing it again since you already know all the answers and the outcome. It’s a very good and fun game, you simply can’t deny that but after you have finished it, it is probably doomed to gather dust in your Steam library until the end of time.
What we disliked
- Nothing | Sorry, there is nothing that I disliked about Keyword: A Spider’s Thread.
How long to beat the story | 5-10 hours, depending on how fast you solve everything.
How long to achieve 100% achievements | 5-10 hours
Similar with | Twelve Minutes and other mystery solving games
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