Out Now Stela (by Skybox Labs)

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  1. Boardumb

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    Damn — need to finish Oceanhorn 2 so I can jump on this one.
     
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    @squarezero haha, luckily for me, Oceanhorn's developer still didn't add an option to invert Y-axis as promised right after the game's release, so I'm fine on that front.

    From the new batch of games I started with INMOST and couldn't be happier. It's a masterpiece. Stela has to wait.;)
     
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    Hey guys anyone noticed slight graphics on older devices I’m using an iPad Pro 2017 and right off the bat I noticed jagged edges is this normal
     
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    I also contacted the developer as well
     
  7. MetaGonzo

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    Ooh. Getting some INSIDE vibes here. Splendid.
     
  8. Maslan266

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    This is way too much like INSIDE. The writing of the names is the same, the controls are the same, the graphics are similar (though this is more brown than black & grey), the locations and scenes in the beginning are a ripoff, the way the game starts is like INSIDE, there are chase scenes like INSIDE, the level select screen is like INSIDE, the control instructions screen is like INSIDE...like wha
     
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    The tap controls feel really sluggish.
     
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    I was worried this might be the case just from the trailer. It looked not so much influenced by Inside as a near ripoff. Think I'll give this a miss for now, at least until there are some proper reviews, I have too much stuff to play as it is.
     
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    Well, it might sounds weird, but I never had a chance to play Inside. I played Limbo multiple times, but never got my hands on Inside. In retrospect, I can't even come up with a reason why. So, under these circumstances I suspect I might be able to enjoy Stela more than the rest of you, considering the game has the same quality as its predecessor. I finished INMOST, so there's nothing holding me back from going for Stela right now.
     
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    I mean it’s not bad, it’s actually well made general (I’ve played for about an hour or so) but I personally found INSIDE better. I found it more engaging and creepier because of the black and grey visuals and it was more original. The fact that this is pretty much a clone (I mean, there was literally a cornfield and a barn in the beginning) is holding me back from enjoying it more. If you haven’t played INSIDE yet then yeah you’re going to enjoy Stela much more.

    Bottom line: if you have played INSIDE and want something similar, Stela is the closest you’re going to get. But I recommend checking out INSIDE first.

    Check out AppUnwrapper’s video, as she explains it better than me.

    (I’m going to continue playing and see if it does anything unique. I saw snow and fire in the trailer?)
     
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    Jeez man, App Unwrapper is a guy.. :D

    He might not sound like it with his cute introductory phrase, but trust me.. he’s the guy who dropped his iPhone on live TV and went viral.. :)
     
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    Personally I like this a lot! Inside is also great, loved it a lot, but I can`t understand why anyone would complain about the similarities? I think Playdead is not the only company that must have monopoly on this ”genre”.... The atmosphere is spot on, and in some cases better here than in Inside. Both games are MUST play in my opinion. I don`t see any negatives...
     
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    Haven’t had a chance to play this yet, but I’m generally with you. The question for me is not whether the game is similar to Inside (which I loved, too) but what else does it bring to the table. If it’s basically a rethread, then yeah, that’s an issue. From what I’ve seen on videos, though, it seems like a there’s more to Stela than that.
     
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    I don’t mind if it’s an homage or even a light clone. If I like a game I like more of the same. Bit like platformers. Lots are very similar

    just the file size is a pain ;)
     
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    I’m just a few minutes in and I’m already finding this very frustrating. I get a few steps before being swarmed by rats(?) and there’s no indication what I could do differently.
    They could have given some more time to get used to the controls before ramping up the difficulty.
    This game is beautiful but I’m on the verge of deleting it.
     
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    For what it’s worth, Inside is just as brutal.
     
  19. Barak

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    Not a big fan... I only played the demo of Inside but this is freakishly similar in so many ways that I came here to see if anyone else noticed.

    I am pretty far into it and the levels are... alright. For side scrolling puzzle games, INMOST was far superior, IMO. If I paid $4.99 for each, I would feel like I wasted my money on this one... thanks to Apple Arcade though I can enjoy them both guilt free!
     
  20. macplash

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    I feel the same TBH. I'm past that swarm of bugs (they're not rats fyi) but it took me a lot of attempts to progress. What I realized is
    the red stripe on things is an indicator what to do, at least it seems in the beginning.
    Am I right?

    The difficulty feels unnecessary high, especially so early in the game. Might frustrate a lot of potential players, scare them even. I put it off after like 30 minutes. But I'm not quitting on it just yet. I'll definitely give it another go.

    But there's the difference between Stela and INMOST for example. While I have to almost force myself to find a solution in the first one, the ladder just grabbed me and kept me interested the whole time, effortlessly.
     

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