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Pneuma: Breath of Life

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Pneuma: Breath of Life is an enthralling first person puzzler putting gamers’ minds to the test in a visually stunning world using the power of Unreal Engine 4. Pneuma provides players with a sense of awe and a relentless determination to solve every puzzle and progress through a narrated story of self-discovery, exploring the fundamental nature of being. This is the first person puzzler of 2015 which is designed to force players think outside the box and explore beyond what they know as reality.

Play as a god, ‘Pneuma’, and listen to his comical self-obsessed inner monologue whilst he takes you on a journey exploring and traversing his puzzling world in a story that can only be told through the interactive medium of video games. Rack your brain and progress through a series of environmental challenges that require perception, observation, and lateral thinking skills to succeed. Lift bridges, rotate platforms and move entire buildings all with the power of your mind. This game isn't about your skill with a controller, it's about how you perceive and analyse situations.

Push your brain to its limits in this exciting new first person puzzler as Pneuma contemplates the nature of reality and you explore the ontological mystery of the Breath of Life.

Key Features:
  • Manipulate unique lateral thinking puzzles based on perception, observation, and attention to detail.
  • Become immersed in Pneuma’s story and witness the genesis of the universe as he wrestles with the nature of reality. Pneuma's story is one that can only be told through the interactive medium of video games.
  • Unleash the power of Unreal Engine 4 and physically based rendering inside a world that constructs around you.

Exclusive to PC Gamers – Virtual Reality Support:
PC players will be able to experience Pneuma’s unique puzzles in an exclusive virtual reality mode through the power of the Oculus Rift DK2. The game play mechanics in Pneuma revolve around your observation skills. Actually being able to physically move your head to look at and control objects to solve puzzles with the combined power of your sight & mind is something we feel Oculus Rift users need to experience. Pneuma is a challenging and mind bending puzzling game with an immersive story, and virtual reality only adds to that experience.
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Deco Digital
Bevel Studios
Deco Digital & Bevel Studios, Deco Digital
Age rating
Not rated

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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo E6600 / Athlon 64 X2 6400
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5770
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Virtual reality mode not recommended on minimum specs.
  • OS: Win 7 64bit / Win 8.1 64-bit
  • Processor: Core i7-920 / A8-3870K
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / ATI Radeon R9 280
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: GTX 970 or higher recommended for virtual reality mode.
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Pneuma: Breath of Life reviews and comments

fun indie puzzle game that really likes to show off its philosphy degree.
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Microsoft from Russian
I Run the game and the BASS, 7 FPS. I'm Asking, why? Well, there is nothing at all, no graphics, no animations, no particles-nothing. Why is it buggy stronger than Doom? Removed antialiasing and smoothing = 11 FPS. Lowered screen resolution to a minimum-tear-eye = 16 FPS. Went into the game, OP, already 30. HOW could you not optimize the main menu? The Cursor for some reason slipped to the right of the screen and constantly prevented, pinned. Although not so. The Norator opened his mouth from the first minute and constantly prevented, behold. He does not stop for a second and Tryndit, Tryndit, Tryndit... I've never seen Such a nuisance before. And all of his superficial expression tires instantly. What is this game? And this is not a game. I am quite sure that you somehow dreamed of a dream like this, where you just walk and look around. No sense whatsoever.
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Pneuma: breath of life is a first-person puzzle game approaching Myst for puzzles and/or décor and Talos principle for the supposed philosphicobranlettederrièremamanette scenario. This is the second aspect that interested me more when I inquired about the game. Anyway, Pneuma is a nice disappointment, not at all to the height of my expectations and overrated. The two main qualities of the soft are the friendly realization but not crazy either and the very very short lifespan (1 hour max). Good for the second point, the massacre is quicker to shorten even if one wonders when the developers dare to sell their product 20 euros. A shameless scam at this price! Oh yes, steam successes are very easy to get. Another positive point for hunters like me. there is! Regarding the faults start with the main. Pneuma is in itself a farce because the Enigma system based on the positioning and direction of the gaze is nullissime: zero pointed! This is the big ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ "♥ ♥ ♥" evil that gives way to chance and approximation constantly. Daring, certainly, original if you want but lame. This should have stayed at the end of a beta, not a full game and sold (expensive) on the market. Moreover, the difficulty of the puzzles is strangely dosed not to say incoherent. Either it's the level of a chimpanzee or it's twisted like a corkscrew. Frankly, this is not serious especially since the puzzles are not always intuitive or logical. Example: enter a room and watch a platform rotate for 20 seconds to solve the riddle. Interesting! Finally, the scenario itself revealed as you progress through the Narrator is sewn with white yarn and sadly disappointing. The end makes you want to hang with his joystick. On this aspect we are light years away from a game like Talos. I strongly advise against Pneuma: breath of life unless you are an unconditional first person puzzle games or buy it at a ridiculous price. If not go your way, it's an hour lost forever!
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