Beautiful Art and a Charming Lead, The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird’s Tale is a pleasant adventure
The Girl of Glass is a pretty easy game. I don’t mean this as an insult to the development only as a point of strength.
The Girl of Glass is a point and click RPGlite game that features great art, great music and a charming lead.
It is easy to look at, listen to and play. It never gets in it’s own way. This subtle design should be applauded.
The main character is a girl named Kristal who works for the circus and is not happy with her life.
When a young boy comes to visit he puts it in her head that a life beyond the circus is possible.
The game plays like a point and click adventure game with puzzles solved by the things you find within the environment.
Along the way you also engage in turn-based combat that is easy yet fun and does add a unique element to an otherwise familiar style of game.
The real star of the show though is the artwork and writing.
One way point and click ‘find the thing’ type games can fail out of the gate is in the art. When trying to scan the environment for items it is crucial to have a world that makes them easy to find.
In this way The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird’s Tale delivers.
Not only does the world look clean and easy to see the detail of the world but the visuals are of a painterly style. Hand painted like a watercolor painting.
Adding to the art style is the wonderful music and the writing that is as stylized as the rest of the game.
Another feature to note is the voice acting. It is surprisingly very well done. The narration in particular is enchanting.
All this adds to the experience and draw you in to the world and the game.
Besides Kristal the world is filled with unique and interesting characters. Each character has a background that hints at a deeper story and keeps you involved in the conversations.
Combining dream world with wake world the journey of Kristal to find here way in the world and ultimately to find herself is deftly handled with quality development at every turn.
What surprised me while play the game was hoe much I ended up caring not only for Kristal but for many of the characters in her world.
Overall I have been very impressed with this title. Markus with Friends has created a charming, detailed and well thought out visual novel, point and click, RPG hybrid that is a magical experience and
one I have no hesitation in recommending.
9 out of 10