- CREATOR: Krillbite Studios & Raw Fury
- RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2020
- CONSOLE: Nintendo Switch
Do you have a routine? A day-to-day routine that calls to you? If so, Mosaic is a treat. As humans we tend to have a day-to-day routine, we drive to work, we ride the bus to work, we listen to the same podcast, the same playlist, we read the same book, drive home after work, and you get the idea, right? We all have a routine. In Mosaic, you are living someone else’s day-to-day routine. You live a monotonous and repetitive lonely life in a cold, overpopulated ever-expanding city.
Your phone is distracting you with meaningless notifications as you move through anonymous crowds on your way to work at a megacorporation where yet another long day with overtime awaits. You have no real sense of meaning, until one day… when strange things start to happen on your commute to work. What comes next will completely change your monotonous life.
How Is The Gameplay For Mosaic?
The simplicity of the plot gives Krillbite Studios a lot to play with. Since the plot basically moves itself, the graphics and elements of the background are outstanding to play with. The game is about a character’s day-to-day life routine and you get that within the various elements of the background. The character has an option to slap himself to wake up and check his notifications. The character even fixes their hair and brushes their teeth. The game goes through the entirety of a character’s day, again, and again, and again. Until something is off. The calmness of the plot needs to match the graphics and it does.
The game lasts about 2-3 hours depending on if you play it all in one sitting. The game can take a few hours longer if you play and then come back to it. It is truly the calmest game to play at night right before bed, aside from the moments of suspense, the game is truly calm. There are also fun mini-games (we are not sure if they are mini-games, but they’re game nonetheless). The way in which you work is when you play a mini-game and hit milestones. Once you’ve hit enough milestones, your day is complete. Then you wake up again and do it all again. You get the idea.
The Graphics & Narrative
As we said earlier, the graphics do match the plot. The colors are simplistic, dark, earthy tones. You have a sense of light but within numerous different elements, the phone and lights in the apartment are few to name. Otherwise, the brightest of lights are the various things you come in contact with. You start seeing things, going into different spaces, flying, swimming, it’s just so much fun to get into whilst you are playing the game.
The camera is close enough to the main character that you get a personal experience, that is an aspect that we loved. The game pays close attention to the details and gives you something enjoyable to look at while playing an entertaining game. The letterboxes are interesting placed, they can be quite blocky on the screen when you are talking with the goldfish, but nothing that hinders the gameplay at all. They are just unusually big underneath the characters. The game is aesthetically pleasing regardless.
Should You Buy Mosaic?
If you love calming games, then yes. If you love slow-paced first-person narrative games, then yes. It is slower-paced than other games and creates a story alongside it, which is why it goes slow, but that is an element that is subjective. While we love first-person narratives, some of you may not. The game is entertaining and enjoyable and if you can, spend the $$ on it. It’s worth it.
The game does evolve as you move on in the game, things start to get weirder, your day starts to change, and you end up in an entirely different place by the end of the game. We don’t want to spoil any part of the game, but the imagery gets better as you move through the gameplay.