Behind the Frame The most beautiful landscape, the review



Review of Behind the Frame The most beautiful landscape, a small indie adventure full of poetry and love of painting.

A painter is busy painting a picture to send to an art gallery. It is an abstract landscape of which she has already defined the surfaces, tracing black lines, but lacks the colors to complete it. However, the woman is distracted by the man across the street, by whom she is inevitably curious: he is an old man who lives alone with a cat. He is also a painter and, looking out of his window, he notices that some of his paintings are similar to those hanging in his house (a romantic bohemian attic where other artists have probably stayed in the past).

The realization of his new work then alternates with the search for the truth about the mystery surrounding his home and his neighbor: how are they related? Who is that man? Why, despite not knowing him, is he somehow familiar? What is hidden behind those paintings? Why do they seem part of one big story? These and other questions are the basis of Behind the Frame The Most Beautiful Landscape, a small and charming independent title with a visual style inspired by the works of Studio Ghibli that, as we will see in the course of the review, is a real bonsai game, perfect within its limits.

The picture

The painter of Behind the Frame The most beautiful landscape and its fascinating neighbor

Behind the Frame The most beautiful landscape is basically a graphic adventure in which you have to solve puzzles to advance the story. So you spend your time searching for and collecting objects, following visual clues, such as footprints left by the neighbor’s cat or strange messages on a computer, and drawing what the painter has noticed to get ideas on how to proceed. We also cook eggs and toast and drink hot coffee, just to add a touch of narrative minimalism to the whole thing.

The puzzles themselves are not very complex and serve mainly to enrich the mystery that unfolds picture after picture and to which you get to head in just over an hour. The main feature of the game is definitely the involvement of painting in the gameplay and the story told, with the player often being asked to complete the paintings by coloring or adding details (do not worry, you do not have to know how to draw, because it is all guided). Between chapters there will also be animated interlude sequences, very well made (although victims of some bugs in our test, so that at one point we thought we were stuck), which will serve to add details to the story, making it progress towards its natural conclusion.

Unfortunately we can not go into too much detail about the puzzles or the narrative because they are so intertwined that the risk of inappropriate anticipation is very high. Let’s say that a good adventurer will not have major problems to get to the bottom of the mystery, because most of the adventure takes place in a single environment where it is not easy to get away with something.

Despite its basic simplicity and short duration, Behind the Frame The Most Beautiful Landscape proved to be a fascinating and poetic experience, as well as profound, despite its small size. Maybe it’s because of the delicate and refined visual style, or because the story itself touches all the right chords, without ever going overboard, but we were really impressed in a positive way. Take it as a good movie with which to spend an evening alternative to the usual massacres offered by video games.

Comment

Behind the Frame The most beautiful landscape is a bonsai adventure that is finished in an hour and a little more, whose brevity does not bother at all. Basically it’s like a well-painted picture: there is everything that should be there, without the anxiety of having to add elements to enrich it artificially, making it more inviting for people with bad taste and cheap that weigh the art a pound a piece, but ruining it inexorably. Taken for what it is, Silver Lining Studio’s title is undoubtedly successful in its poetic refinement and in its narrative minuteness.

PRO

  • Poetic and well told story
  • Lasts just long enough
  • Fascinating visual style
  • Some strange bugs in some sequences
  • Have you noticed any errors?
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