Review – Nairi: Tower of Shirin

Nairi: Tower of Shirin from HomeBearStudio is a point-and-click adventure game set in the city of Shirin. The game boasts a unique art style and an intriguingly strong narrative. I was expecting your run of the mill point-and-click game, however Nairi was big surprise for me.

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Nairi is a very likable protagonist .

You play as Nairi, a girl who has grown up in the rich district of the city. Things go wrong very quickly and Nairi’s parents are captured by the city guards, forcing her to flee the city. On her quest to free her parents, she uncovers a dark past for the city of Shirin.

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the story of Nairi: Tower of Shirin as much as I did. It has a fascinating world that has a rich and rather mysterious history that delves into the supernatural. The world is filled with all sorts of charming and quirky characters to interact with. Whilst keeping a lighthearted tone with a sense of humour throughout most of the adventure, it does take some darker twists I wasn’t expecting. Whilst the ending leaves much to be desired, it isn’t necessarily a bad ending.

The art style here is what stands out the most. It’s undeniably beautiful, thanks to the use of colours and details across a wide range of environments. Each district of Shirin is visually distinctive and recognizable making it really easy to remember where to go. Characters are wonderfully designed as well, clearly inspired by the likes of Studio Ghibli. The only time I’d say the visuals stumble is when you are in the city of Shirin during night. This section just looks rather dull and uninteresting compared to the rest of the game. Other than that, it’s a treat to look at.

The same applies to the sound design. The soundtrack is generally really good and adds to the ambiance of the world with a nice variety of tunes and instruments that fit the locales of the world rather nicely. There is no voice acting to worry about in Tower of Shirin; all dialogue is on screen text, but the typing noise that is in place of dialogue does get rather annoying after while.

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Even something so simple looks beautiful thanks to the great art.

Nairi: Tower of Shirin edges of the screen to move to the next screen. Most of the time you will be doing puzzles, talking to a wide variety NPC’s that do a great job of fleshing out the world, or simply exploring.

The puzzles are pretty straight forward; often requiring you to combine a few items together to progress to the next stage. There are some interesting puzzles spread throughout, but some of them are a bit too simple and to where I just happened stumble onto the answer instead of figuring them out myself. There are a couple of challenging puzzles towards the end of the game though that I particularly enjoyed.

Nairi: Tower of Shirin is a charming game with some beautiful environments and great sound design. I don’t play many point and click games, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this one.

 

Graphics: 9.0

Beautiful hand-crafted visuals that only stumbles a couple of times.

Gameplay: 8.0

The world of Shirin is interesting to explore and the puzzles provide a fun but easy distraction.

Sound: 8.5

Great soundtrack that sets the stage nicely.

Fun Factor: 8.0

Surprisingly engaging and charming. Nairi: Tower of Shirin was a joy to play through even though it was a little too short.

Final Verdict: 8.0

Nairi: Tower of Shirin is available now on PC and Nintendo Switch.
Reviewed on PC.
A copy of Nairi: Tower of Shirin was provided by the publisher.