Breached may not be a game for EVERYONE, but it provides a decent sci-fi experience – if you like slow-paced games, that is. The indie adventure title made by Drama Drifters has a small mysterious story that may draw you in if you feel like exploring a strange new world on a time limit. Heck, you may even relate this story with the movie The Martian if you’d like, it has some similarities to it!
You awaken from cryogenic sleep as a man and you are thrown into an unknown and broken shelter and its tenebrous story. This is not the worst part of the happening as the outer surroundings are run down and decrepit as well, with a sense of loneliness pervading the broken buildings and shards all around. As the possibly sole survivor in Breached, you must find a solution and repair the shelter. This also means you must scavenge for useful materials and explore the new-ish land before you and ultimately find out what has happened during your slumber.
The artwork for the game is very beautiful and the intuitive UI will make it very easy for players to understand what they are supposed to do as they go along. You have to think of Breached as a walking/running simulator because, basically, you are just sitting in your broken shelter remote-controlling drones and exploring the land in order to figure out what happened and how you can fix critical systems before everything is ruined. You will get around 1 to 2 hours of gameplay per session, but even if you finish the game once, you can still replay it and get some degree of novelty out of it a second or third time.
The story of Breached is a pretty interesting one, adorned with good and appropriate music to give the whole experience a good and realistic atmosphere. Among the most important features of the game you can include:
- Data mining (help Corus remember things from his past)
- Puzzle solving (combine materials to repair your shelter and maximize your fuel regeneration)
- Drone expeditions (use drones to explore the land; beware of anomalies)
- Energy management (figure things out with 8 days of oxygen left!).
The general consensus over the game is mixed, with some people loving its aloof nature, well-done design and short story, while others find its short original lifespan a minus along with the easiness of the gameplay and the lack of voice acting.
You can play this little sci-fi adventure on Windows PC, Linux and MACs. You will find Breached on Steam at the price of $7, but you can find it for much less on sales as well. If you want to help this little sci-fi indie walking simulator get some traction, give it another look on Steam: