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  • Summary: Check-in to The Spectrum Retreat for a stay you won’t forget. Manipulate your way to the truth in this narrative-driven puzzler.


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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
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  1. Jul 15, 2018
    A story-based puzzle game which excels mainly in the latter. Puzzles quickly become challenging and that makes for a fun experience due in large part to great audiovisuals. The image sometimes stutters while turning the puzzle but apart from this minor issue this game is plenty of fun.
  2. Jul 10, 2018
    Despite The Spectrum Retreat’s minor issues and its inability to merge its two halves together, it’s impossible not to recommend given the quality of each of those halves. A unique and innovative puzzle mechanic is introduced and taken seemingly to its limits, while a crushingly human tale of loss plays out alongside it.
  3. 80
    There's a lot to admire with The Spectrum Retreat. It feels well executed and considered. There's a great sense of isolation and the puzzles are designed well to allow players to take their time and consider their movement. It's a competent, thoughtful effort that, in spite of what I think of the story's impact, manages to succeed with some clever puzzles.
  4. Jul 9, 2018
    The Spectrum Retreat is a solid puzzler, with an immersive narrative undercurrent adding depth and emotion to a genre where such things are normally lacking. Look past certain repetitive sections and you'll find a title offering value for money and an enjoyable challenge.
  5. Jul 17, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Jul 9, 2018
    As far as hybrid genres go, this is an interesting one. The combination of walking simulator and the integration of the puzzles is very well done, while the drip feed of the story is steady enough to keep your focus, driving you through the small niggles that arise throughout a play through. The whole thing is tied together with some great voice acting and great music. Overall, The Spectrum Retreat grabs hold and refuses to let go, while its clever combination of pure puzzling and story telling makes for an enjoyable and unique experience throughout.
  7. 50
    If you’re a huge puzzle fan, like me, there’s something here for you. But in all honesty, there are plenty of puzzle games out there that wouldn’t come with this big of an asterisk. Go play those.

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  1. Jul 12, 2018
    I loved the puzzle part of The Spectrum Retreat. It was nice to figure things out myself without any instructions. The aesthetic design ofI loved the puzzle part of The Spectrum Retreat. It was nice to figure things out myself without any instructions. The aesthetic design of the puzzles was awesome and one of the coolest visuals of any puzzle game I ever played. The last puzzle was especially a treat and felt really satisfying to solve. Overall the puzzles were challenging but not frustrating, so it hit that sweet spot. They weren't as satisfying as Talos Principle or Portal 2, but they were satisfying and cool. The voice acting was great and the faceless mannequins were a cool touch. The music was excellent and gave me a relaxing vibe that complemented the puzzles so well. I liked that they tried to add a narrative and also break up the monotony of doing puzzles by adding the hotel aspect and some mystery, but it felt lacking. The concept was good but needed to be more fleshed out. By the end, I still didn't really know what happened and the ending felt lackluster. If it was more fleshed out, I would have given it a solid 8, cuz the puzzle part is well done. Overall, the price point was good value. Expand