Visually, OPUS is beautiful, as the game features hand-drawn artwork that’s packed with incredible detail. While the game is rendered mostly in 2D, it utilizes a top-down perspective, so there’s a bit of depth to everything on the screen. And since the game takes place in the snowy mountains, the color palette is rather muted and gloomy with earthy tones and some soft pastels. Animations are smooth and fluid with no lag on my iPhone 7. There’s an atmospheric soundtrack in the background that is fitting for the overall theme of the game, and the sound effects are rather realistic. Overall, the developer did a great job with OPUS in terms of visual and audio design.
Since OPUS: Rocket of Whispers is a story-driven game, players will be taken through a rather emotional roller coaster from the beginning. There’s a lot of text and dialogue in OPUS due to the narrative, so a lot of reading is involved. However, the story is rather interesting, and it captures you from the get-go, though it does start off a bit slow. I also found the characters to be full of personality, even though the main character is a bit annoying due to his attitude.
Without giving away too much of the story, the basic premise is this: A boy (rocket engineer) and a girl (a witch) are the only two survivors of an apocalyptic plague. But it’s up to them to build and launch a rocket successfully so that the souls of the deceased can return to the stars, as per their tradition of space burials. The land used to be quite prosperous, but now it’s become a barren and cold wasteland with many artifacts and secrets to discover about their past.
Controls in OPUS are simple and straightforward, with the game telling you how things work in the beginning. To move, just drag your thumb on the screen in the direction you want to go. The game uses a virtual joystick for movement, but it is never in a fixed position, so it goes where your touch is. When there are items that you can interact with, there’s subtle hints to indicate that fact, and you just tap on the object.
Since your main objective involves building the rocket, you’ll have to put it together too, so there’s a bit of crafting involved. And because the materials used affect the rocket, there may be some trial-and-error involved.
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers is a fantastic mix of exploration, story, and emotions. The controls are simple and intuitive, so it’s easy enough for anyone to play. The game is a free download, and it includes the first part of the game (about an hour) so that everyone can give it a try. To get the full game, you’ll have to get it through an in-app purchase of $1.99, and there are some additional bonuses you can get, like the Husky.
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