Finished: The Unfinished Swan

GatewayOk, it’s been a while. Yes, this game doesn’t strictly belong here because it’s not on Steam. It was a very interesting experience though, so I wanted to say something about it.

The Unfinished Swan starts in a featureless white space, in which you have one ability: throwing a ball of black paint. It is the first, and possibly the most striking, of several different “throw stuff to explore your environment” mechanics that the game uses, and it’s every bit as interesting as it sounds.  I would give this game a strong recommendation to anyone who appreciates a different sort of exploration, a striking visual aesthetic, or a beautiful classical/synth soundtrack.  My only real criticism would be a fairly small length:price ratio.  Fifteen dollars isn’t very expensive, but then 2-3 hours isn’t very long.  Your mileage may vary.

As an aside, I first heard about this game through a “Games you might not have tried” segment on Extra Credits.  If you’re interested in the gaming industry and would like a developer/designer perspective, I suggest checking them out.