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Inside is a puzzle-platformer adventure game released in 2016 by Playdead. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, macOS, Linux, and PlayStation 4 platforms.

Inside is a puzzle-platformer adventure game that takes place in a monochromatic world. The player controls a boy who must navigate through a series of puzzles and platforming challenges in order to progress. The game is noted for its dark and atmospheric visuals. The game's minimalist presentation and ethereal soundtrack create a feeling of unease and tension, which is only amplified by the fact that the player is constantly pursued by faceless, black-clad figures.

Graphics

The graphics in Inside are dark and atmospheric. The game takes place in a monochromatic 2.5D world, which gives it a unique look. The minimalist visuals are also a strong point, as they help to create a sense of unease and tension.

Gameplay

The gameplay in Inside is based around puzzle-solving and platforming. The player must navigate through a series of challenges, using their wits and platforming skills to progress. The minimalist gameplay means that there is very little hand-holding, and players must figure things out for themselves.

Multiplayer

There is no multiplayer component in Inside.
While Inside does not have traditional multiplayer, the game's excellent level design and puzzles make it perfect for co-operative play. Players can work together to solve puzzles and explore the game's strange world.

Replayability

Inside is a relatively short game, but it does have some replay value. The game features multiple endings, and players may want to revisit puzzles to try and find all of the collectibles.

Conclusion

Inside is a dark and atmospheric puzzle-platformer adventure game that is well worth playing. The game features excellent visuals, tight gameplay, and multiple endings. The lack of multiplayer is disappointing, but the game more than makes up for it with its excellent single-player experience.

Pros:

  • unique monochromatic 2.5D graphics create a dark and atmospheric world;
  • excellent puzzle-solving and platforming gameplay;
  • multiple endings add replay value;
  • tight and responsive controls;
  • minimalist gameplay allows players to figure things out for themselves;
  • short and sweet game length;
  • fun and satisfying conclusion.

Cons: 

  • some players may find the game too short;
  • lack of multiplayer may be a turn-off for some;
  • minimalist visuals may not be to everyone's taste;
  • can be somewhat challenging at times;
  • may not be suitable for younger players due to its dark and atmospheric tone.