My God, it’s full of stars.
October 18, 2007
There’s a certain joy that comes with discovering that a bit of entertainment — whether it’s a novel, movie, or game — is actually a lot deeper than you expected it to be. It’s a kind of pleasant stumbling, and in the case of Sektor 13’s “Infinity String,” entirely in keeping with the theme. “Infinity String” puts the player in the shoes of Dr. Yerik Elnar, a researcher investigating a mysterious archaeological dig in the Antarctic. Elnar is surprised to find that the site is in fact an alien crash site, though the player can surely predict that in keeping with any good alien crash site (as in Carpenter’s “the Thing,” and countless other sci-fi movies), most of the investigators have gone missing.
What’s interesting about “Infinity String” is that this set-up doesn’t lead directly to an alien beastie on the loose. Without divulging too much of the plot, “String” provides a convincing back-story to the action of progress run amok. Given that the player’s character is a scientist, the flashbacks and the odd ghost or two that outline the history of the crash site lend a greater significance tothe player’s actions.
The puzzles are fairly appropriate to the plot and setting, and the solutions require just enough of a jump of logic to be interesting and not too difficult. At times, however, there needs to be a little more direction; it is always apparent that there are puzzles to solve, but not always clear why they follow from the player’s goals. Some minor typos and grammatical errors (translation errors?) serve to make things a little more obscure.
“String’s” graphics are quite strong throughout. The character animations are extremely fluid, and there are some very nice touches, such as the animated snow falling outdoors. The graphical user interface (GUI) is sharp and looks quite professional. However, the resolution of different areas and objects is a little inconsistent, which is a little jarring at times, but it doesn’t detract too much from the action. The music is a little melodramatic at times, but otherwise good. Overall, “String” is definitely worth a look. •