“What a long, strange trip it’s been.” That line is courtesy of the Grateful Dead, though it really only partially applies to this game. Synapsis is definitely a strange game but it feels a little short, unfortunately. It’s very obvious that there’s going to be a sequel but I think I would have been happier with more content were that possible. This game is a point & click adventure, much like The Morning After. In fact, even the graphics may remind you of TMA. Synapsis, however, is far less intuitive when it comes to what you’re supposed to do.

As with any good point & click adventure, you interact with the game with your mouse. Click and drag objects to place them or simply click to use them. There are buttons here and there, but mostly it’s a matter of placing objects and grabbing new ones that appear. It may not be the most intuitive game created, but thankfully there is a walkthrough available from the main menu. If you find yourself getting lost or you’re unsure of what to do next, you aren’t alone! Just don’t go asking everyone for help in the chat rooms when you have a walkthrough available right from the start…

As mentioned earlier, the graphics are reminiscent of The Morning After. I really like how the designs turned out for Synapsis and I’m impressed by the artistic skills of the author not to just create decent art but to add so much depth to it with textures. That says a lot about his abilities.

There is no mute in Synapsis so you’re just going to have to deal with the sound effects and music you hear. On the flip side, the music is really quite good in some environments. The church is an excellent example; sufficiently spooky to kinda creep you out but not so much that you are anticipating a monster jumping out of the shadows. By the way, there are no enemies you have to fight or run from. It’s all about atmosphere.

9/10. Excellent job with the graphics.

7/10. A little on the short side and no replay value, unless you’re refreshing your memory for the next part of the story.

7/10. Sound effects were really good, but points docked for no mute. Sound was not necessary to the game so having the ability to mute would be nice.

8/10. It may be a point & click but there’s serious substance to the game.

8/10. The mouse strikes again.

I can honestly say I’m really looking forward to the next part of this game. 7/10

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