The Unfinished Swan Review15 Oct, 2012
This is the story of a little boy who is all alone in the world. His mother is dead, leaving him with nothing but memories and her favourite painting, the latter of which holds particular relevance to this tale, The Unfinished Swan.
One day, upon awakening, our young hero discovers a door in his room, it wasn't there before; so this is most curious indeed. Now, although he has suffered tragedy, our protagonist is still young, so his curiosity remains and off he goes through the door, into a large white room with just a paint brush his mother gave him for company. As the door slams behind him he discovers a problem, the room is white, completely white and therefore he has nowhere to go. In an act of childish frustration he decides that he'll use his brush to splat everything in front of him with black paint, after all it's boring in this large white room and he's not got much else to do.
As the walls change colour something curious happens, a corridor appears. Obviously it was difficult to see this here before with the room being completely white, however the black paint has led the way. Following the freshly painted corridors, it's not long before our young hero happens across an even larger white space, which he soon discovers (after a few splats with his paint brush) is a garden. Continuing on his path, which involves climbing over rooftops and passing by some freshly painted monuments, he soon comes across some strange yellow footprints, almost like those of a swan. It's not long before he decides that it'd be a good idea to follow these, after all, they seem to be leading somewhere and he has nowhere else to go.
Following the footsteps he then discovers another strange occurrence in what seems to be a page from a book. This page tells the story of a young, arrogant king, who created a kingdom all in white. Obviously a white kingdom is a curious thing, especially for the subjects of that kingdom. As our young hero continues his journey, he finds more pages and the story evolves. It seems that the kings people were not happy at all with him, so decided to paint the kingdom in order to actually see where they were going. The king, unhappy with this, compromised and therefore painted shadows, so while the kingdom remained largely in white, you could at least see where the next corner was.
Armed with this new information our hero continues and guess what? As he emerges through the door he discovers a castle, one which is no longer a sea of white, but one which is painted with shadows. Could he be trapped inside the story? It does seem that way.
And so our tale really begins. The tale of the Unfinished Swan, although really it's the tale of a king, who in his stubborn aim to build his ideal kingdom ends up angering those who matter most, his people. Since our young hero is stuck in this story, he will soon discover just how much the king upset his people and how, in their anger, they set about to destroy his fair city.
Of course working his way through the story was not going to be easy, these things never are. On the way there will be many puzzles and dangers. He'll have to climb and jump to get to safety; he will have to swap his black paint for blue water and figure out the path ahead. He'll also have to water the green vines which are devouring the kingdom, although he can at least use these to his advantage, climbing to greater heights and at the same time progressing on his path.
Later, more danger lies in his wake, when the world is suddenly thrown into darkness, with dangerous spiders lurking in his path. Here he must find a source of light and follow it to safety. Further into the story he'll even have to help finish the kingdom, by swapping his paint once again, this time for a block building tool, which will help him climb to greater heights and discover what fate lies ahead.
There is one piece of good news for our young hero. At every point in the story, there are balloons to collect. By doing so he'll gain some pretty neat toys. Although I wouldn't want to spoil what these surprises are.
Up until now it's been made quite clear that our young hero is all on his own, but that's slightly untrue. You see there is a greater force, an overseer if you will. This overseer controls the boy completely, using what some might describe as a Dualshock controller. This is a perfectly adequate way for the overseer to control the young boy, although he does have another option, the PlayStation Move. The latter is a motion controller, which controls the direction of the paint and can also be used to move our young hero through the story. The overseer is happy with both control methods and feels that if others were to ever control the young boy, then it would come down to the preference of that individual, rather than one method being better than the other.
One thing to be said about the young boy's journey is that throughout he will be met with some wondrous sights. The world is constantly changing around him, meeting his eye with some of the most impressive art work he has ever seen. The majority of the time he really does feel like he is inside a painting and the further he progresses, the more impressive it becomes. He's never seen anything like this ever before in his life and he's so glad that he is privileged enough to witness it now.
And this my friends is the Tale of The Unfinished Swan, in what you could describe as, a rather unfinished review. If you want to find out the rest of the story, then you're just going to have to experience it for yourself.
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Edited On 15 Oct, 2012
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