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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Physics puzzler has great female hero but feels incomplete.

Game Mac, Windows 2015
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Traverser has plenty of elements that ought to appeal to puzzle lovers and fans of indie games. Its physics-oriented conundrums frequently allow a degree of creativity in their solutions, letting players work out how to stack or join various movable objects in their own way. The narrative, meanwhile, has an appealing rebellious bent that promotes a healthy skepticism of authority and the courage required to stand up and ask questions when people tell you not to. Plus, it sports a beautiful aesthetic that mixes hand-drawn elements with precise computer rendering to create a unique look and feel.

Sadly, it never quite manages to form a cohesive whole. The gravity-glove puzzles, which are enjoyable but not particularly original, are interspersed with sequences that require accurate movement and jumps -- activities made frustrating by unforgiving keyboard controls. An option to use a gamepad could do wonders for playability. Though the story and world are strange and compelling, the characters and mysteries are only partially developed. Players aren't provided with enough information or details to really care about anyone or anything -- which is perhaps for the best, since the game's cliffhanger of an ending is hardly satisfying. Traverser was probably a great idea on paper, and maybe could have been a memorable puzzler in the vein of Portal or Quantum Conundrum if properly executed, but it needed a few more months in the oven to expand the story and smooth over its rougher edges.

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