“Please stay around for me, will you?”
Those are words our protagonist Quinn has said. Being a therapist who didn’t care for patients, Quinn is lying in bed. He gets hit in the middle of the night on the head. Soon after, he wakes up in a pitch black room with only a computer there. His only contact; you! You are the one to guide Quinn through 24 chapters of puzzles and mysteries. In the meantime, you need to make sure he doesn’t lose himself. The Appnormals Team from Spain created this amazing game and I’ll tell you why it’s just that.
The first thing Quinn does is get behind the computer and finds a chat partner. That partner is you. You are the one to help Quinn make decisions throughout the game. Only, you have to keep several things in mind during the game. Quinn’s emotions need to be kept in check as they will affect his mood, as well as his behaviour to a point that he might self-harm. The time away from the game is also not a good thing. The longer you stay away, the more effect it has on Quinn. The game developers have mentioned the game needs completion in three or four sessions. If you don’t do so, the problem might be that Quinn is not alive anymore when you return – heavy stuff.
Graphics Are Basic, Music Is Excellent
The graphics are pretty basic in STAY, but that is not a bad thing. The main focus of the game lies within the decision-making, therefore you don’t really mind the graphics. The cutscenes and other images though are well designed. The main contributing factor to the game is the audio. Whenever Quinn tightens up, the music will change to more tensioned tones. On the other hand, should you get closer to Quinn, there will be some lighter music. The soundtrack is also separately available and I thoroughly recommend you pick it up.
Innovations & Relations
With the innovation of making such an easy game at heart more difficult creates a tough challenge. A challenge which Appnormals Team has mastered. By using great music and the ‘time away’ option, they create a new dimension in STAY. The feature was pretty basic in games such as Animal Crossing, but it had a lot less effect. In STAY, you really know when you come back how Quinn feels. He might feel lonely being in this horrible situation. Wouldn’t you be, if you were abducted? I would for sure.
The puzzles seem relatively easy, but I found myself needing to use the internet for some of them. As the game is 24 chapters long, you really need to invest time. You won’t always have that time. It goes to show that time is a valuable thing. Furthermore, you need to look out for other people when they need you. Whether friends, family or just acquaintances, keep in touch. The most precious thing there is in life is relationships. You can start them, but you also need to maintain them. Relationships grow weary and tired when you have not been investing time and effort into them.
The puzzles used in the game are sometimes just difficult. During chapter ten, there was a chest puzzle where you had to bring the pieces back and forth, up and down, to bring the lock together. The only problem is that if you get it wrong, you need to go way back – to the beginning of the puzzle that is. After some twenty-five attempts and still failing, I decided to bring in my good friend. The best friend for guides is the internet. In this case, I went to YouTube and looked it up. It’s not cheating, it’s a guide, okay?! Anyways, this game does a lot of things with and for you. To me, it felt like I became Professor Layton, Dr. Phil, and Oprah all in the same game (I’m out of references here).
You have to assess emotions, be kind and also solve problems while being a good person at heart. At the end of each chapter in STAY, you can see what other players’ decisions were. Usually related to it is a quote, which might be relatable to your own personality. I took these quotes to heart and really found myself being a bit different after finishing the game. For example one of my bits of advice was to keep exploring and Quinn was no more. I shouldn’t have said there was an emergency ladder as Quinn plummeted down the pipe to his death. As there are multiple endings, every decision counts.
If you are a fan of choice-making games, love a good bit of music and the graphics don’t really matter; this is the game for you! This is also a really good game if you want to self-reflect or feel like you can mean something for the world. If you have finished the game and feel good about the ending, use what you’ve learned in real life and go help other people.
STAY safe and if you ever need help, don’t be afraid to ask anyone for help. You are only alive once so make the most of it. When all looks doom and gloom, it is not that way. There is always at least one person to care and look out for you, even when it doesn’t feel like there is. If you want it to be anonymous, contact your national health service lines or seek other institutions for help.
This was a heavy emotional game but is recommended for those who can cope.
This game was epic and at its lower price point, it offers far more than its worth.
- The choices make you think in and out of the game
- Makes you feel like all the famous therapists
- There are a few obscure puzzles