Ready Set Indie Games Presents: LudoNarraCon 2021: Venice 2089 Demo

LudoNarraCon 2021: Venice 2089

 

Developer

Safe Place Studio

Publisher

Safe Place Studio

Platforms

PC

Where to Buy/Wishlist

Steam

Demo Length

About 45 minutes long or longer

 

Disclaimer: This is the Ludo Narra Con 2021 Demo of the game and therefore it is best to realize that the following gameplay footage of Venice 2089 is either an alpha version, beta version, early access or, demo of the game. Therefore, the footage you see may or may not be featured in the final version of the game, also there may be some noticeable bugs in the game.

Venice 2089 is an exploration story-rich game in which you play as Nova a teen living in Venice in the year 2089. Nova has come back to Venice on a holiday after finishing her exams. She heads downstairs to greet her Grandpa or “Pa” as she affectionately calls him. Before I go any further, I just wanted to say two things. The first is I loved the relationship between Nova and her Grandpa. Looking at Nova you might get the sense that she is going to be an angsty teen, but that fact that she loves her Grandpa and isn’t one of those typical teens who says “Okay, Boomer” is refreshing and this attitude carries on as she meets other elderly people throughout the game. The second is that I am convinced that Grandpa’s side gig is that he is really Santa Clause and he too is also on Holiday in Venice. I’m just saying this is not confirmed that he is Santa but he does look like Santa, so I could understand why Nova has high respect for him.

The demo starts with Pa needed to go out and post posters about an upcoming event in Venice, in which Nova says she would be willing to do it as she doesn’t have much to do. She then goes out into the town of  Venice to post up these posters. The game does having some loading issues here and there, where it will be a black screen, not that it is a problem because the game does start, but if this is something that occurs often then adding a simple loading text would be awesome, which I took the liberate of doing so there wasn’t just a black screen.

Once out Nova can explore the town of Venice who experiences high tides every couple of days. So in the demo, you get to explore before the high tide rolls in and after the hide tide rolls in. The game is very beautiful and I love the art style of the game and you can tell a lot of love and labor is going into the making of this game. The game allows for some of the citizens of Venice to give you some quests making the exploration more fruitful and it does introduce some of the characters in the game.

Of course, there is only one way to travel around Venice and that is via hoverboard. The game itself offers two forms of controls that are keyboard and controller. I chose to play with the controller as it felt more natural when driving the hoverboard and the controls move pretty fluid making for pleasant gameplay.

Overall, if you would like to play a cute exploration game, that offers quests and has a great storyline then I recommend giving the demo for Venice 2089 a try as well as wishlisting the game for PC via Steam.