The Inner World (PC) Review

By Adam Riley 25.02.2017

Review for The Inner World on PC

The Inner World has gained rather a strong following since its original PC release, both from players and critics alike, to the point where developer Studio Fizbin and publisher Headup Games are now bringing it back to life on Xbox One in the near future. Ever intrigued by high quality point-and-click adventures, Cubed3 decided to go back in time to September 2013 and see just what it actually missed back then, and if the wait for the revival (and the planned sequel) is worth it.

Have you ever wanted to learn an instrument, but not been able to afford it, or thought that buying something would be a waste of money because there would never be any time to actually play it? Well, for Robert in The Inner World neither of those issues are relevant, firstly because his actual nose is a flute (yes, it can be played later!), and, secondly, he is the court musician and just needs to play, no matter what. One day he stumbles upon a thief named Laura, whilst trying to retrieve something for his father, but they end up embarking, purely by chance, on adventure to restore wind to his homeland of Asposia.

The Inner World does not over-complicate matters with its storyline, simply sending Robert on his way via sheer happenstance, and then diving into the adventure swiftly, leaning heavily on the superb charm of its lead character, strong scripting, and impressive supporting cast to keep attention levels high. With a beautiful hand-drawn world that contrasts very well with the quirky characters atop of it, a sublime soundtrack that gives chills whilst playing, and some fabulous, evocative voice work, even before the main puzzles kick in, this is a total joy to behold.

Screenshot for The Inner World on PC

As was found in Cubed3's recent review of Memoranda, attractive aesthetics without well integrated and smart brainteasers ultimately led to a very disappointing journey. There is no fear of that here as the puzzles fit smoothly into the story itself, really getting the ol' grey matter working (some of the best include chains of events that involve numerous steps, or actually making use of people or creatures Robert has previously been talking to), all being tied together by some heart-warming, and also amusing, script work. There are even clever references throughout, with nods to the Harry Potter series and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask mixed in, for example.

Everything about The Inner World smacks of sheer love, devotion, and careful attention to detail. It is a delightfully themed adventure, which does have a few instances where it falls foul of the age-old problem of needing to use a touch of trial-and-error when creating new objects that are required for story progression, but the majority are so well crafted that any minor hiccoughs are easily forgotten about. With five chapters of goodness included, expect to be enthralled for one hour-plus per section, making it not overly lengthy, but great enough value for money on the whole, especially for its current £11.99 price listing on Steam. Expect an even more in-depth look at The Inner World when it comes to Xbox One soon.

Screenshot for The Inner World on PC

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Do not look at the visuals and presume this is a child's adventure. With its intricate puzzles, dark themes, and even a touch of risqué humour mixed in, this is anything but, yet keeps a wistfulness that will still appeal to all. The best way to describe it is: a gorgeous point-and-click escapade, filled with witty prose, and dastardly brainteasers that require not only logical thought processes but some outside of the box thinking, as well. There may be the odd lower quality cut-scene video or trial-and-error puzzle, but there are so many positives throughout The Inner World that it cannot be described as anything other than a must-try for fans of the genre.

Developer

Studio Fizbin

Publisher

Headup

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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