Back in the day, Paul Cuisset became famous after designing a little game called Flashback, which was a side-scrolling action adventure platformer. He also did adventure games like Cruise for a Corpse and Future Wars as well as relatively well-received racing game Moto Racer.
Like many other old game designers he used Kickstarter in order to return to his roots and the fruit of this particular labour was a little title called Subject 13. It would be nice to say that it was a triumphant return, but it wasn't. If anything Subject 13 is a tired and uninspired attempt, which fells flat in both puzzle design as well as it does technically, considering how buggy the game is even a couple of years after its release.
The strongest aspect of Subject 13 is its premises: Franklin Fargo is about to drown when suddenly he vanishes in a flash of light only to end up inside of a little chamber. A voice tells him, that he needs to use his brains in order to escape the abandoned facility he's in. So off he goes, examining environments in both 3rd person and 1st person views. Sadly enough what could have been a foundation to a solid little adventure, what we get in the end is a collection of logic puzzles, some environmental manipulation puzzles where you need to tinker with on-screen objects as well as a couple of puzzles which are nothing but brute force exercises. The worst offender in this is the final puzzle of the game, which is nothing else than a tedious variation of minesweeper.
|I must give this to Subject 13, it has an interesting opening.|
Subject 13 also has an inbuilt hint system, if you need it. Funnily enough this hint system is pretty useless, as it very often just throws in things that are obvious, like "You should slide those tiles" or hints on things you've already done. Just like everything else in the game, even the hint system feels like no one really paid that much attention to it while it was designed just to check out a box from the to-do-list.
|The very first room and the place where the mandatory tutorial takes place.|