Morphopolis – The Brief

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Are you a butterfly or a moth?

I liked Where’s Wally books. It was always fun exploring what was happening in each world, and hunting for those strange events that were happening. Morphopolis is nothing like that. You are an insect, a very slow insect. Over the course of the game you want to grow larger by repairing the carcases of other insects. This game might just be a little strange…


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I have written about hidden object games in the past. Often they can tell deep and interesting stories without getting bogged down like other point and click adventure games. This game unfortunately doesn’t really have a story to follow.

As the insect you wander onto different screens to find items that will help you transverse the world. Sometime when you have found all the items and used them on locations within the game you are then thrust into little puzzles that you must solve. These puzzles, like the game overall, are not particularly difficult. In fact, the element that I had the most trouble with was identifying what the controls were.


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Overall I enjoyed the art style and the music was not too offensive. I do have issues with the lack of any options. There was nothing that let me control the sound or resolution. In some parts of the game it is impossible to even get to the menus. This was super frustrating when I couldn’t work out if the puzzle was bugged of if the controls were just poor.

On the whole, it was just the latter. Clicking on objects you find is easy enough, it is just that manoeuvring around the world is far from being well implemented. You are slow and the accuracy of the movement is poor, together with some of the issues I had controlling puzzles, this did not leave my happy.

That said even though it is super short (about 1 1/2 hours) it is still pretty.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...