The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird's Tale (PC) Review

By David Lovato 06.12.2021

Review for The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird

Video games as an interactive medium have immense potential for storytelling, and perhaps no genre commands this ability like point-and-click adventures. With limited focus on action and reflexes, these tend to lean more toward stimulating the mind, often featuring puzzles, cutting-edge, or otherwise impeccable graphics, and a strong foundation in a good story. Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird's Tale by developer Markus With Friends aims for all three, and throws in some turn-based RPG elements as well.

Girl of Glass begins like a normal point-and-click adventure: players controller a character, in this case Kristal, and guide her around a series of screens looking for collectible items, talking to people and animals, and solving puzzles. It deviates from the formula by having a turn-based battle system, though. Each character in the party can attack, block, or focus in for a stronger attack later on. While some battles are sharply more difficult than others, finding a battle system paired up with a point-and-click adventure is a nice touch, and makes this more exciting, and alive.

Screenshot for The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird's Tale on PC

The story is the definite strongpoint of Girl of Glass. Immediately the world is foreign and whimsical, not unlike the circus the story starts out in, but it still contains familiar language and objects, like cars and machinery. The narrative asks only for some suspension of disbelief as it takes crazy turn after crazy turn. The characters are likeable, both in personality and design, and the art direction throughout the game is colourful and fun, like something out of a picture book.

Things are never quite as they seem. Here, storytelling is a tool, and while there is whimsy and fantasy throughout, there are also lessons and morals sprinkled in. Things are kept fresh by the various dialogue options; while most don't seem to change much, they do impact dialogue and character interactions, something that manages to pull the player in even more.

Screenshot for The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird's Tale on PC

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird's Tale draws elements from point-and-click adventures, visual novels, and turn-based RPGS, blending them with a whimsical world and sympathetic characters to make a wonderful story. The battle system, while at times too difficult, adds flavour and action to the point-and-click formula that some might otherwise find slow, and the characters and their stories pique the player's interest and keep them wanting to dig in more and keep the story going. Where a lot of point-and-clicks feel slapped together to make a quick experience, this is a rare gem that feels like it was designed from the ground up to be exactly what it is. It doesn't try too hard, it doesn't cram in aspects from other genres in ways that don't fit. Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird's Tale is a wonderful story, built into a game that tells it wonderfully.

Developer

Markus with friends

Publisher

En Widunderlig Produktion

Genre

Turn Based RPG

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

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