Genre: Casual, Indie
System: Steam (Windows, macOS)
Developer | Publisher: Silver Line Games
Controller Support: Yes
Price: US $11.99 | UK £9.99 | EU € 11,79
Release Date: May 26th, 2023
Review code used with many thanks to Silver Line Games
Delusion is a 2023 puzzle game developed and released by Silver Line Games.
Delusion is set in a strange world that used to be beautiful, full of life and colors. Something changed it beyond recognition, and now its inhabitants are trapped behind a barrier. Their only hope is us, the player. Every puzzle we solve offers us new information on how this transformation came to be and how to undo it.
In Delusion, we have one hundred levels grouped into five chapters. The chapters are Mythology, Countryside, Forest, Ocean, and Wasteland. The puzzles in each chapter are designed around that theme.
Delusion has three levels of difficulty, casual, normal, and expert. The game itself is played on a grid of tiles. The goal is to light up a certain number of squares, shown at the bottom of the screen by the least amount of moves. The limit for the movements is shown when the cursor of our mouse hovers above a tile. There is no time limit on how long it takes you to solve a level. At the same time, if you get stuck, you can use tokens to skip a level. We collect tokens by completing levels. You can also collect stars which you can then use to unlock memories. As you progress in the game, new types of tiles are introduced, ensuring that the puzzles are always varied and exciting.
Each time you fail a level, which happened to me quite a lot, the game offers a helpful tip on how to avoid it next time. You can also undo moves by clicking the right mouse button.
The first few levels in Delusion serve as a tutorial. The explanations are very clear and concise. All my failures resulted from this type of game not being my type.
The art style is not unlike a shadow box. It is minimalistic, with solid color backgrounds. Additionally, the music compliments the game nicely, creating a relaxing overall experience. As a whole, Delusion heavily reminded me of Glass Masquerade, a favourite of mine, in the best possible way. The animations are smooth and well-fitting with the overall gaming experience. An exciting addition is the Album in the main menu, where you can unlock new memories by using collected stars.
The main menu also has a sub-menu, Extras, where we can view Steam achievements, credits, the intro, stats for all levels played, and tutorials. Not all tutorials are unlocked simultaneously, but rather as we progress in the game.
While I found Delusion difficult, even on the easiest difficulty, I will go back to it and tinker some more. It is a game that allows for multiple replays and solutions, which can add hours of gameplay.
Final Verdict: I Like it