Metro Reviews: Never Alone, Murakami, Spylight

Here’s my Metro News reviews for the week of April 13th.

Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna)
Xbox One/PS4/PC/Mac
Rating: Everyone 10+
Four Stars

Lost in an Alaskan blizzard, a young girl finds help from an arctic fox in this evocative platform adventure that speaks of isolation, comradery, and personal resilience. Polar bear chases, shimmering arctic swims, and intricate climbs across cliffside structures successfully recount a traditional Iñupiaq tale as a stellar co-operative game where the young girl and fox work together so you can play by yourself or with a friend.

We need more First Nations stories presented in this way. This is a beautiful, emotional adventure full of surprising themes supported by unlockable videos of Iñupiaq storytellers. They have a take on human-animal transformation that I’ve never heard of before. It’s a survival story that will haunt you and move you to play it all over again.

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The Strange Library
Haruki Murakami
Kindle/iBooks/Kobo
A boy’s trip to the library turns into a surreal and imaginative Lewis Carroll-like adventure as he finds himself imprisoned in a labyrinthine cell with a brain-eating old man and an invisible girl. This newly translated edition uses typewritten text and cut-out illustrations for a whimsical, but mature reading experience.

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Spylight
iPhone
Free
Using your phone’s microphone, this app will listen to and identify the TV show or movie you’re watching and then find matches for the clothes worn by characters from online stores. Works with many, but not all shows, with most clothes being a “close match”, but still it’s a handy resource.

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Highball
iPhone
Free
This cocktail recipe management app doesn’t come with any drinks, instead the idea is to add your own recipes and collect others across social media thanks to a simple, card organization system that makes it easy to share recipes through Twitter or Facebook using QR codes.

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AtariFit
iPhone/Android
Free/$3.49 Subscription
By tracking your runs, steps, or workouts, this app will unlock classic video game rewards including Pong, Centipede, and Super Breakout. That you can skip the workouts and just buy the games if you’re feeling lazy doesn’t seem too helpful. There’s 150 exercises if you choose to earn them instead.

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