Inner Life is a surprisingly touching little narrative-driven puzzle adventure where you explore and repair the internals of a dying mechanical titan.
Created by a group of students from the Zurich University of Arts, in Inner Life you step into the shoes of a healer who travels the land in search of dying titans to repair. The titans are sentient and appear to be living, but they are also mechanical and are maintained by humans who work within them.
The titan you meet in Inner Life is pretty run down (physically and mentally) and you need to venture inside to try and fix this. A lot of the time it’s the humans that are the real problem, so you’ll need to get them working properly to help get the titan back on its feet.
Inner Life does have some frustrations – there is a lot of backtracking and only being able to carry one object at a time seems like an unnecessary encumbrance. These could both be easily relieved by allowing your character to run. Aside from these issues it’s a very impressive game though. The pixel art animation is excellent, the setting is very unique and the characters are all a lot of fun to meet. It cleverly weaves a story that feels very much like an analogy for what’s happening in the protagonist’s own body as you try and fix a giant body that’s turning against itself. Highly recommended.
Download Inner Life Here (Windows & Mac)