If you have ever wished to stroll a beautiful beach in aid of the Greek pantheon, then you’re in luck. Thanks to LudoNarraCon 2023, I had the absolute pleasure of getting my hands on this gem of a demo. Developer Polygon Treehouse plans on leaving players marooned on an island of mystery in Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island.
In Mythwrecked, you will embark on a non-linear narrative as they unlock new conversation topics by exploring your surroundings. You will befriend gods and hunt for their treasures in exchange for information about finding a way off the island. Along the way, you will encounter puzzles and embark on an emotional journey to solve the mystery of the island.
Solve Mysteries And Relax in the Mythwrecked Demo
You play as Alex, who quickly finds herself washed ashore after a violent storm causes her ship to sink. While exploring the island, Alex discovers that this very unusual place is inhabited by someone. In search of help, Alex comes to meet Ora, a talking statue that the locals refer to as the Oracle. Despite possessing a wealth of knowledge, Ora is uncertain of the cause of the islanders’ strange behaviour.
After speaking to Ora, who equips Alex with an Ambrosiadex, she directs you to speak with the Messenger, who is situated nearby with their seaplane. However, the Messenger is unavailable until the following morning, leaving Alex to explore the beach and pier and seek shelter. While looking for a place to rest, Alex can pick fruit and inquire with Ora for further guidance.
Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island is an Exploration of Emotions
At this point, the Mythwrecked demo highlights the basic premise of the game. You explore the island, in search of different goals, and complete and gain new tasks by communicating with the islanders. This is simple enough to follow and works well with the calming beach sounds and crying gulls.
As Alex moves about the island, the camera covers just enough of the area to entice you to explore further. You’ll find in the morning that new fruit has grown, offering plenty of reason to retrace your steps. With the clock now ticking, you’ll need to use your time wisely and head to the Messenger.
Those familiar with Greek mythos may recognise this character, but at the moment, even he seems confused about his identity. The Messenger is willing to answer some of Alex’s questions but not all; at least until you are both better acquainted. To accomplish this, you will locate objects with the Ambrosiadex, feed the island life, and decorate your shelter.
Like any good mystery, the Mythwrecked: AmbrosiaIsland demo left me with more questions than answers. I would have liked to see a bit more of what puzzles are like in the game. However, within a 45-minute demo, I am happy with the depth of gameplay available.
Mythwrecked: AmbrosiaIsland Release Date Details
The Messenger left me interested in meeting the remaining islanders and finding out what may have driven them apart. Additionally, many elements of future exploration are obvious, lingering just out of reach. Likewise, Mythwrecked: AmbrosiaIsland is planned for a 2023 release. You can play the demo here.
*Disclaimer: Previewed on PC; code was provided by the publisher.