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Californium (pc game)
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While Californium is certainly a promising little game which offers some admittedly striking visuals and an intriguing setup, it actually turns out to be an almost complete waste of time, thanks to its tedious gameplay and shocking amount of bugs. The story is quite interesting and sees you in control of a writer in the 1960s who finds himself caught up in a series of shifting timelines. Things start out fairly mundanely as your wife leaves you and your editor cans you but things only get worse from there, as you get discover the existence of anomalies which allow you to shift between four different worlds in the vain hope that things might be better elsewhere. The game bills itself as a first-person exploration game and could be loosely compared to Jazzpunk, as you roam around the various timelines looking for anomalies. However, what this boils down to is simply clicking for hotspots on the screen with absolutely nothing else to do whatsoever. Californium is certainly an impressive looking game, with some very stylish visuals that make excellent use of color and with some strikingly designed environments and character work. However, this really isn't enough to save what is a hugely tedious and pointless experience which doesn't really deserve to be called a game. It's achingly pretentious too, with writing that just screams hack job, while the sheer numbers of bugs which prevent progression is astonishing. It almost becomes more interesting to find bugs than to play the game, but either way, you're in for a rough time if you 'play' this.