Developer: Top Hat Studios, Radi Art
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 18/03/2021
£13.49 £8.76/ $14.99 $9.99
*On Sale Until 02/06/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Visual Novel time here we have a game called Synergia, tagged as “Yuri thriller visual novel that takes place in a cyberpunk future, wrapped up in a beautifully unique, vibrant neon aesthetic.”
You will follow the story for Deckard…. I mean Celia, who works as a negotiator for the Cybercrime and Robotics division in the district Police Department. A private security officer who retires defective or hacked androids. (No Idea why Deckard camt to mind sorry about that). I mean they do not have their own VoidKampf tests in there do they…? Oh! On a simple case to retire a defective robot that is hacking other robots (nope, I won’t make a Ghost in the Shell reference), Celia will be on the biggest and darkest case of her career. Demanding everything from her.
However, while this case is going on, she has to come to terms that she is falling in love with her female helper robot Mara, who she received under some strange circumstance that Celia is not sure about after her last helper broke down. Mara is more humanistic than any other robot Celia has known. Where did she come from? Who made her? And why is she so real?
Synergia takes visual novels down to the bare bones where most of the game will click and reading. There are a few places where you will have to pick answers, and these sections will determine the outcome of the story. Most of the ending will not make you happy as they really explain little of what has gone on. If you get all the endings, you will get more information and one ending that’s fairly long that will fill in some gaps. This is only worth it if you really enjoyed the story.
The characters that Celia will interact with are what gives Synergia its life each character has their own story, act differently, look different and add so much depth to the game and help to flesh out the world.
So with simple gameplay the focus will be on the story, visuals and music. I have to say the visuals are great; I love the art style. It mixes neon lights and quirky looking characters that show a less down trodden cyber-punk atmosphere. With music to match the tone.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Synergia, even if its about robot love, the characters are interesting and deep with a decent story to boot well bar the rubbish ending. I must add however, this is not for kids there are a few risky screens of partial nudity.
If you are looking for something with lots to do then Synergia is not for you.