Samsara – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One review of Samsara
Zee (not Jay-Z) is lost in Samsara, Using mystical blocks and powerful portals you must help Zee awaken from Samsara. While playing in the park, Zee follows a squirrel through a portal that leads to a different world. This world is also inhabited by a shadow child.
Samsara is a puzzle game unlike any other I have played. You have to help a character called Zee get from the spawn point to the portal. How do you do this? I have no idea. Well I do but its still very tricky! Each level gives you different types of blocks and you have to use these blocks to help get Zee to the portal.
What makes this game tricky is that you have to learn a lot of the lessons yourself. For example. Zee doesn’t walk off the edge or a block and fall to the lower level. Instead Zee walks off the block and falls to their death. If you want to make Zee go down to the lower level you have to use stairs. Something I learned but kept forgetting (Which resulted in many many deaths).
The further you get into the game the harder it gets. Some of the levels introduce new challenges such as bushes that grow/die when you walk past them. After a while you will see the shadow child. This is where the game gets difficult as not only do you have to get zee to the portal but you also have to get the shadow child there… at the same time. This makes it very tricky because some of the blocks help one of the children but not the other. Its also difficult because when you put the blocks in the bottom dimension it appears backwards in the top dimension. So even when you think you have finished the puzzle you probably haven’t.
The world of Samsara offers 77 levels across 6 different realms. This offers you a different gaming experience with every realm. Blocks must be balanced otherwise they will not stay still. Also they respond to gravity so this forces the blocks to the pool between dimensions. As well as the bushes that grow and die other environmental interactions include stone that’s fall from the roof.
Samsara offers 1000G over 19 achievements but a lot of them are secrets. The achievements offer decent gamerscore with the lowest (that I know off) giving 10G for completing the prologue and the most offering 100G for ‘Complete Samsara’ there are different ones available for each chapter that you complete on your way there too. With each chapter offering more gamerscore than the last.
Personally I really enjoyed playing this game. It has offered a different gaming experience to anything I have played before and is much more challenging too. The graphics are decent and the story is easy to understand so this definitely helps it! There was only 1 thing that I wasn’t keen on but it might have been a personally thing… I didn’t like the fact how it backed out to the lobby after every mission and you then have to select the next mission, I would have liked it to have just moved you on. For a price of £12.49 I would definitely recommend Samsara if you are after a puzzle game more tricky than the rest!
Review code supplied by Renegade PR