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The graphics of Resonance are exactly what I would expect for a 90′s style point-and-click adventure game created today. Characters and environments are surprisingly and pleasantly detailed, and although most of the time the camera faces straight into a room, there are often interesting details or even moving objects placed in the foreground to give the scene depth (for example, in one scene while inside a building you can see silhouettes of cars passing just outside). The interface, while feeling a bit clunky to use at times, also fits right in visually. I did not experience any pathing issues, or problems getting stuck on objects, while playing.
Logan Cunningham, of Bastion fame, provides some outstanding voiceover work in Resonance. Some of his fellow voice actors, though not as well known, also do a great job voicing dialogue. Unfortunately, some lines (and some entire characters) aren’t so great, and this definitely took away from my immersion in the story. The music was well-done and appropriate, although there were times when I would be in a scene for a while and it was noticeably looping in a not-so-smooth way. Overall the audio was appropriate and fit the game well.
Resonance is a grown-up adventure game with a grown-up story. I would not so much call it a fun game as an interesting, engaging, thought-provoking game. If that is your idea of fun, then yeah, it’s super fun! Although I would not say Resonance is fun in the traditional sense, however, it was still quite entertaining and enjoyable.
Although there are a couple of different endings in Resonance, I feel like the replay value is limited. If you’re an achievement hunter, or you want to finish the game with 100% points, you can replay it, but if you don’t find replaying the exact same story to be enjoyable you will probably only play Resonance once.
This is a point-and-click adventure game, meaning gameplay is limited to – wait for it – pointing and clicking (okay, okay, and a bit of typing, and I guess clicking/dragging too). It’s easy to control and fairly intuitive, and the interface gives tips and reminders on how to do things as you play.
If you loved games like The Dig and The Secret of Monkey Island, you will enjoy Resonance. Although the story felt a bit too serious and at times, confusing, for a video game, it was still interesting and I felt invested in the story and the characters. My personal feelings regarding the story and ending(s) aside, Resonance will entertain you, surprise you, and even make you think – probably long after the end credits have rolled.