DeLight: The Journey Home is an adventure game mixed with some adventure visual novel aspects thrown in. It’s very much in the vein of Beyond Eyes in terms of most of the game’s gameplay, it is slightly more complex as you can crouch too, in order to hide behind things. It’s an adventure visual novel in the aspect that sometimes you get to make choices in the conversations characters have with you, it changes things immediately, and supposedly does in the long term to some degree as well. I say supposedly because I don’t know for sure as this is only for the first two of five chapters to the game as these are all the chapters that are currently out as of the time of this writing.
In the game you play as Sammy a, I think it was stated she was eleven years old. She lives with her grandfather, her parents moved away because they feared civil war. However, the daughter didn’t want to leave her grandfather or her friends, because of that Sammy’s folks let her stay with her grandfather with the caveat that if something started to go down they needed to come live with the parents. Also, it’s not like the parents weren’t keeping track, they watched the TV to know what was going on. Well as you can guess the happy go lucky girl and her grandfather end up seeing the civil war start and they try to get out only for the subway to be bombed by… someone. This caused Sammy to go blind and now she has to survive the rest of the chapter and the subsequent chapters without sight and also to find her way home, making choices along the way.
In the game most of what you do is walk around, it shows you the map, but it only shows a certain amount of the map at any given time and as you move around you show new stuff while losing old parts of the map. But your blind ass isn’t alone, you also have Deli, the stray dog that is now your doggo. Other than that you sometimes interact with things but most of the game is simply fetch quests where you have to find your way around and deliver stuff as you try to figure out what’s going on and get your thoughts together. The first game is just Sammy running walking around with her friends, then the civil war starts, then walking with then grandfather, lastly trying to escape the subway. The following game is Sammy trying to wrap her head around the situation, and deal with her blindness with her mostly coming to terms with it by the end of chapter two.
Overall, sadly there’s not a lot to say about the game. It’s a really short game, each chapter is around an hour. It’s a really cute game, the music is good, but because it’s so short, when the whole game is out I might have more to say because then there will be more to it. Right now it’s about the size of a preview. If you want to see if you like it the first chapter I believe is free to play on Steam as a demo. Now I really like it but I also really liked Beyond Eyes. I’m blind I’m biased towards liking games based on being blind.
A review copy of the game was provided by the devs.
darkmikasonfire awards DeLight: The Journey Home the Indie Gamer Team Seal of Approval.