Puzzle platform and emotional catharsis seem to work very well together: it will be the way in which gameplay made of jumps, runs, climbs and intuitions to solve the puzzles to the echoes of human psychology, captivating the players with simple mechanics but whose aims are not never clear until the end of the game.
The fact is that from Limbo to Thomas Was Alone, passing through Braid and his sense of guilt up to the traumas of Contrast and the depression of Another Perspective, just to name a few, the union between the two parts has always proved very effective. Here Shady
Part of Me fits in with incredible ease, as you can imagine a puzzle platform developed by the independent studio Douze Dixièmes, which gives life to a world poised between dream and reality, born from doubts, past experiences and hopes of a little girl looking for freedom. The same one that, together with its shadow with its own will as in a new Peter Pan, we will control for the duration of the game. Discover this little hidden gem in our Shady Part of Me review.
Shady Part of Me moves through patterns established over the years: players take on the role of a mysterious little girl on the run from what appears to be a madhouse, followed by her shadow as an imaginary friend or (in this case) a psychological manifestation, another self that she relies on throughout the course of the game but in turn needs her to be able to continue – trapped as she is in the areas of light between two extremes of shadow.
In this sense, the dualism between the parts is very curious: the flesh-and-blood girl shuns the light and can only proceed in dark areas, while the shadow needs light to exist. On their path to freedom, both will learn to trust each other, developing a curious friendship (which is ultimately a reflection of the reconciliation between two parts of themselves) and referring, during their dialogues, to therapeutic progress and tenacity as tools to resolve insecurity and perhaps even an unspecified trauma.
Interposing between them, beyond the obstacles that physically prevent the progression, is the voice of a psychologist who will make their relationship falter several times but also seems a push to break down the walls behind which they take refuge.