Torn Away is an interactive story with a unique blend of adventure games, side-scrollers, and cinematic first-person sequences. See the tragedy of World War 2 through the eyes of a child and survive without losing what makes us human in this war-torn world, where only the strongest prevail.
Release Date: Planned for 2023 Players: 1 Players Genre: Adventure, Narration, Casual Publisher/Developer: perelesoq Reviewed on: PC
Earlier in the year we took a look at a game called Voyage which was a hand drawn, side scroller, adventure game, similar to Inside, and Limbo, but this week we look at another game in the same genre as those. Torn Away has the same look and feel as those games, but it adds some new features and game play techniques the others lacked. We checked out the demo of Torn Away on PC via Steam. The full version of the game is expected to be released sometime in 2023 so certain features may change from this review to the full release, but non-the-less…let’s get started by learning about the game from the developer.
About The Game
Torn Away is an interactive story that combines the best elements of adventure games, side-scroller with stealth mechanics and first-person cinematic cutscenes.
Europe is engulfed in the flames of World War II. The War destroyed many lives, now coming for Asya, an ordinary ten-year-old girl, torn away from home. Like millions of others, she is destined to become an Ostarbeiter, a faceless labor camp worker. Asya cannot fight and does not want to. She wants to go home.
Together with the player, Asya will have to cross all of Germany and Poland to try to get back to her family. Survive in the woods, sneak through the ruins and hide from people with machine guns. Don’t forget the simple joys of childhood that await you at home: delicious dinners, toys, and music. Even in a world at war, you will find support in others with similarly difficult fates. Will you be able to keep hope alive and return to your homeland?
Well, the about the game section really summarizes the game nicely. You play as Asya, a 10-year-old girl, torn away from her home in the middle of World War 2. It is your job to help her find her way back home with the help of her someone creepy sidekick Comrade Mitten. As far as how the story line affects the gameplay and the other aspects of the game, you can’t really find a more perfect match. While the sidekick is kind of weird to us, it plays a role as a comforter and encourager to Asya as she makes her way through the world, and he adds narration to the game.
We tried something a little different with this game and played some of it on our Steam Deck to see how it handled on there and really it preformed decent on the handheld console. The difficult part was transitioning the action buttons from the screen to the deck. The game would say hit “e” but there is no “e” on the Steam Deck so finding the proper buttons took some button smashing. So, we will start with the big negative in the gameplay…at a certain part in the game both on PC and Steam Deck the game would bug out and not allow for you to continue to play. I attempted twice on PC, and once on the steam deck and got stuck at the same location in all three attempts. I resorted to checking online to see if anyone else was having the issue and found people passing that part in the game., So I uninstalled the game and reinstalled it and attempted again.
Well, that did the trick and allowed us to play past the part we were getting locked in. Setting that aspect of the game aside the game played well. You help Asya jump, crawl, climb, and knock over items to advance throughout the world while hiding in the shadows from German soldiers. As we mentioned previously, the game plays a lot like Limbo and Inside, but adds some new styles to that gameplay. During parts of Torn Away you hop into a 1st person view as you run through a snow packed field, and in other parts you navigate a 2.5Dish area and have a little more freedom of movement that isn’t seen in Limbo or Inside. I do enjoy this genre of game and the new play style helped make this game feel different than the others.
Graphically this game looks great and has a style all its own. The colors used in the game really make you feel the disaster of World War II from your computer screen, but with just a hint of hope in the future. What makes the game also stand out graphically is the 1st person view during part of the game. While having the hand drawn look of the game you would think it wouldn’t look great going into 1st person, but the stylization of the snow, wind, and settings worked well and provided some additional depth to the game. The only downfall graphically is a few missteps Asya has if you just don’t land on the map in the exact spot you were supposed to causing a little stumble.
Torn Away is still only a demo and it offers three chapters to play through. If you subtract the 40 minutes, we spent trouble shooting the bug that caused us to get stuck at the same point in the game the total play time for us was about 30 minutes for the three chapters, which would break it down to about 10 minutes per chapter. I will say that some of the chapters felt like they were a tad on the long side and that was probably because I had to play the first chapter 4 times before we made it past the bug. It wasn’t until the second chapter before the game really picked up with more challenges like dodging guards and bullets. I would have preferred a playtime of about 5-7 minutes per chapter to make the game move a long just a tab bit quicker.
Overall, Torn Away has a lot of potential as it jumps from demo to full game sometime in 2023. The storyline is great as you navigate Asya through the challenges of a world at war. Her little side kick still kind of gives me the creeps a bit but it helps her out, so we’ll accept it. It does however provide a narrated game, which as you know I enjoy more than reading. Graphically the game looks great and with the addition of the 1st person gameplay it felt unique. Playtime felt a little longer and would have felt better with a 5-7 minute per chapter playtime, but that could have just felt that way for me after having to replay the same chapter 4 times to get passed the bug issue we ran into. We are excited to see what the full version of this game looks like with its release in 2023. Until then you can check out the demo at: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1568970/Torn_Away/.
Torn Away has a lot of potential as it jumps from demo to full game sometime in 2023. The storyline is great as you navigate Asya through the challenges of a world at war. Her little side kick still kind of gives me the creeps a bit but it helps her out, so we'll accept it. It does however provide a narrated game, which as you know I enjoy more than reading. Graphically the game looks great and with the addition of the 1st person gameplay it felt unique. Playtime felt a little longer and would have felt better with a 5-7 minute per chapter playtime. We are excited to see what the full version of this game looks like with its release in 2023.
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