Adventure Jam 2018: Alluvium

“Alluvium” by Dave Lloyd, Barney Cumming, Louis D. Meyer, Adrian Vaughan & Sally Beaumont.

“After his plane crashes on a remote stretch of Papuan coast, civil engineer Ian Forrester is left stranded, hungry, and alone. He must survive the untamed wilderness, wait for rescue… and pray his dark secret doesn’t catch up to him.”

There are so many things about “Alluvium” that make it very worth playing. Take the pixel art as an example. The entire color palette follows such a strangely intriguing style, without falling for heartless neon kitsch. The sound design is also convincing: The howling of the wild dogs, the engine noise of the plane, the ship in the distance, … Not to mention the fact that at every dramatic turning point in this adventure a tension-filled background music is played.

But not only the audiovisual presentation of this game is important, but also the grandiose puzzle design. This is so balanced that you will not find a puzzle too tricky without the solution being presented to you on a silver platter. Furthermore, the game allows its players to try out the ‘wrong’ options as well: Whenever the protagonist Ian makes a decision that would result in his death, the subsequent path is briefly discussed by Ian himself and he explains why this plan would fail. After all, as an engineer, he understands it very well to question all possible scenarios.

But the voices behind the characters make a tremendous contribution to the atmosphere of this work. Adrian Vaughan in his role as Ian just fits perfectly. His distinctive voice acts as a perfect witness to the thoughts and moods of Ian. One feels his hope, his despair and later his determination. But all this is completed only when Ian meets Anna, spoken by the magnificent Sally Beaumont.

Her fantastic voice-play, somewhere between childish naivety and sinister witchcraft, is an ingenious counterbalance to Ian’s personality. Anna does not care about her situation on the island, but she seems to enjoy it in a perfidious way. The interplay of these two vocal talents unfolds a gripping adventure experience that you do not want to let go so quickly for sure. Try it out yourself! >>PLAY