While the post-apocalyptic themes could feel dour, Life of Delta uses its charming art, puzzles and story to create an uplifting and thought-provoking adventure
In Life of Delta, you control Delta, a curious little robot exploring the lush yet decaying ruins of post-apocalyptic Japan. From its first moments, the game envelops you in its charming art style - colorful yet somber hand-drawn visuals that immerse you in Delta's worn but beautiful world. The game looks absolutely stunning and its visual presentation is probably the best thing about it.
As Delta meets the few remaining robots and lizard people, piecing together the aftermath of humanity's disappearance, the story unfolds through ambient cutscenes and conversations. This grounds each puzzle area in its plot context without becoming excessive.
Puzzles are where Life of Delta truly engages the mind. From manipulating objects and environments to combining obscure inventory items, each challenge fosters logical problem-solving. Hints are usually found through talking to NPCs rather than direct instructions. Now, if you've played point-n-click adventures games in the past, you already how insane and "out there" solutions to puzzles can get. Luckily, that doesn't happen in Life of Delta, for the most part.
There are still a couple of puzzles that left me scratching my head, but since we live in 2023, there's this thing called the "Internet", so a walkthrough was just a few taps away.
I played the game on a PS5 and controlling the game required a little bit of getting used to since you don't really control Delta directly. Instead you use the analog sticks to move a virtual cursor on screen and you press the X button to move Delta where you need it.
While the post-apocalyptic themes could feel dour, Life of Delta uses its charming art, puzzles and story to create an uplifting and thought-provoking adventure. If you are a fan of point-n-click adventure games, you might want to give this game a try. And if you are not, just wait for the game to be on either GamePass or PS Plus then give it a try. Thanks for reading!
The game was reviewed on a PS5 using a review copy provided by PR. Life of Delta is out now on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.