Conclusion: Master Reboot 's premise of a databank that stores the memories of the dead is a strong one, but at times its desire to dabble in horror weaken its exploration-based elements. Even so, its creepy ambiance and wide range of puzzles manage to carry the weaker segments, but an out-of-place final boss with timed platforming ruins the fun.
Pros: Fascinating premise, Wide range of puzzles, Interesting settings
Cons: Horror factor wears thin, Out-of-place finale
Conclusion: I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Master Reboot to any adventure fan because of its audacity and uniqueness, though it does come with the necessary caveat that you’ll need to be prepared for some action gaming as well. While it could have used more cohesion between the story it seems to want to tell and how it plays out, it’s a fantastic experiment in breaking traditional boundaries and expectations, providing more than few satisfying surprise moments in a compact 6-10...
Conclusion: What really kill this game are the bugs. There are graphical bugs. There are puzzle bugs. There are bugs that crash the entire game, forcing you to close the program and start it up again. This is especially frustrating because the game relies exclusively on auto-saving, and only saves each time you complete a room. You can lose entire chunks of progress from these crashes. Master Reboot is ambitious to a fault.
Pros: Atmospheric visual style and soundtrack, interesting story
Cons: Extremely unpolished, problematic puzzles, infested with bugs
Excerpt: Filled with exploration elements, it presents an interesting story set in a not-too-distant future where people have managed to find a way of cheating death by preserving their precious memories. It is all thanks to Soul Cloud, a spiritual software storehouse that allows users to actually upload their essence to the database. This allows them to re-experience their memories endlessly as well as get in touch with lost family members and friends.
Pros: +strange but captivating graphics, +great audio, +variety of puzzles, on 27 Nov 2013, 15:46 UTC
Cons: -no hint system, -lacks "manual save game" feature, -poor mechanics
Conclusion: There's some really good ideas in Master Reboot , maybe Wales Interactive have been a bit too ambitious with the project versus the size of their team, but it never quite fulfils those ideas. It comes close a few times, and the story is a genuinely interesting one which leaves you guessing all along, but as a horror title it stumbles far too often. Especially with the substandard lighting, which has a profound effect on knocking you out of the experience.
Pros: Premise, plot, gameplay, and setting work consistently well together to create a highly engaging and strangely believable world. A variety of puzzles, locations, and challenges, from teddy bear raves to abandoned carnivals. A mysterious, haunting story that is fleshed out as a reward for dedicated exploration. Mostly forgiving failure/death system with convenient checkpoints.
Cons: Over-focus on horror elements detracts from exploration of this gorgeous, bizarre world. A misfit platforming finale that is more punishment than reward. Inconsistent cursor recognition makes interacting with certain puzzles difficult. Some challenges are fairly obtuse, with no hint system in place. Running fatigue exists, for some reason.
Excerpt: Creators are always striving to tell new and original stories, and a unique concept is often quite hard to come across. Though the concept of posthumous mind uploading isn’t anything new, the idea of a central cloud where people are stored, reliving their memories endlessly and occasionally getting in touch with their friends and family, is a great basis to have for a story.
Pros: Soul Cloud is a fantastic concept., A good balance of horror and puzzle elements to create a tense experience., Plenty of variety in the locations, some of which suit the art style perfectly.
Cons: Doesn’t live up to the core concept., Not enough “new” in the gameplay, which is at times poor., It won’t ever surprise you or blow you away with its mechanics.
Summary: Rilasciato sul finale dello scorso anno per PC e recentemente passato anche per i lidi di PS3, Master Reboot si rivela un titolo concettualmente interessante ma ludicamente incompiuto. Le premesse narrative, infatti, ci portano in un futuro che, per quanto ispirato da altri mostri sacri del sci-fi, si dimostra accattivante, efficacemente riprodotto ma ricco di enigmi e strutture di gioco deboli o poco equilibrate, che verremo spinti a portare a termine più per curiosità...