Gris (video game)
The cover art of Gris, starring the game's eponymous protagonist.
|Release||13 December 2018|
Gris is an indie platform-adventure game by Spanish indie developer Nomada Studio and published by Devolver Digital for Nintendo Switch, macOS and Microsoft Windows. The game was released on 13 December 2018.
The game follows a girl named Gris, who wakes up in the palm of a crumbling statue of a woman. She attempts to sing out, but quickly becomes choked up and the statue's hands crumble, dropping her to the colorless earth below. After landing, the girl continues walking forward and discovers a number of strange structures that seem to be powered by mysterious points of light resembling stars. The girl can collect these lights to gain new abilities, such as turning into a block of stone, and to create new pathways made of constellations.
After reaching a central tower, the girl can travel to four new locations to collect lights and restore color back to her world at statues resembling the broken one from the beginning of the story. These areas include a world filled with windmills, a lush forest, and underwater caverns. Along the way she encounters various beings that help her on her journey as well as shadowy bird-like creatures which manifest as larger monsters that threaten to consume the girl. The final power the girl obtains is the ability to sing again, which bring life to various plants and mechanical animals.
The girl eventually collects enough stars to form a constellation path to the heavens but the final pathway is blocked by the creature, who morphs into a monstrous form of the woman depicted by the statues and swallows the girl whole. She wakes up in an ocean of toxic black sludge and swims to the surface. As she climbs a tower rising out of the ocean, the creature tries to pull her back. However, the girl begins singing and the statue begins to reform itself through the power of her voice. Just before she is completely consumed by the black oil, the statue comes alive and begins singing as well, banishing the creature and the sea of despair. The girl and the statue tearfully embrace and she climbs the final constellation path as the world is shown to be restored in color and light.
EGMNow wrote that "with an arresting art style and admirable commitment to minimalist game design, Gris manages to turn a straightforward, often derivative platformer into something that feels far more special and important."
GameSpot stated "Gris understands intrinsically how magical video games can be and continually pushes your imagination until you're almost bursting with joy. The ways in which it reinvents itself as you gain powers and dive ever deeper into this world is truly special, and just as it knows exactly when to pull back the camera or introduce a new song, it's keenly aware of when it's time to say goodbye. Like a comet streaking across the sky, Gris is full of wonder and beauty and leaves you with a warm glow in your heart."
|2019||New York Game Awards||Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game||Pending|||
|D.I.C.E. Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Animation||Pending|||
|Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction||Pending|
|Game Developers Choice Awards||Best Debut (Nomada Studio)||Pending|||
|Best Visual Art||Pending|
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