The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird’s Tale, developed by Markus and Friends, is a mesmerizing hybrid point-and-click adventure that features beautiful 2D art inspired by Studio Ghibli movies. September 22, 2020, marks as the date of its release on Steam. The Girl of Glass has delicately blended several traditional gaming genres to convey a touching and inspirational story of a sensitive girl’s journey.
A Tale as Old as Time
The so-called Girl of Glass, Kristal is the main character in the game. The game builds-up with the backstory of Kristal, who is an underappreciated performer at a circus. Eagle, a terrifying leader threatens the safety of the circus, compelling the innocent Kristal to escape the town, thrusting her into an adventure. This is where the turn-based combat and a visual art style of the game come into play. The title, Girl of Glass has a lot of symbolism with Kristal being made of glass, presumably delicate and could shatter any moment. The game story starts with an unassuming character who is unaware of what is about to unfold and progresses to become surprisingly dark and philosophical.
The sudden shift from fairy tales to swearing felt forced might be overwhelming to some but the philosophical aspects of the game are extremely interesting and enjoyable. Fighting against monsters that symbolize capitalism and oppression opens up conversations about the role of these forces in constraining Kristal’s life.
All Out Strategy
The Girl of Glass and its RPG elements in the combat emphasizes more on strategy rather than stats. Utilize your tactful skills to the fullest, find new friends, or turn them into foes but figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents is the key to win this game. The game efficiently personalizes your experience while still keeping the Studio Ghibli style of storytelling at its core. The game will take you through the mid-20th-century European country, presenting static backgrounds and beautiful character designs with animated environments projected onto 3D surfaces to add depth to the scenes.
While the dialogue is text-based, there is voiced narration with the full orchestral soundtrack to develop the modern fairy tale atmosphere. Aesthetically, The Girl of Glass is an absolute treat.
If you are willing to embrace this adventurous battle, then The Girl of Glass: A Summer Bird’s Tale is available on Steam for $19.99. Also, currently, there is a 15% launch discount going on, knocking it down to $15.29. Reportedly, the deal might end on September 29, 2020. So, hurry up and make your Steam purchase. Happy Gaming!