Some things in life are purely about experience, like bungee-jumping and rollercoaster rides. And there are games with no apparent meaning, that draw you in simply to enjoy something different, like Deliza. This point-and-click curiosity is essentially an advergame without the hard-sell elements, diffcult to define yet an experience in its own right.
An intrinsic element of Deliza is the three-dimensional viewing, requiring a simple click and hold of the mouse to scan each screen and giving you even more than a 360 degree panoramic view. Although the navigation is fairly static in that you basically feel you're standing in one spot in each screen, there's so much to look at as you move your mouse and examine the detailed environment from the sky to the ground and all around you, in an almost virtual reality type experience. The aim is practically secondary to the viewing; locate items to progress through the game, and like the navigation there's not much room to move. Progression requires that you click on everything possible, and often even re-click on items later to uncover clues and further items. Objects to be collected or clicked on are discernible by a silvery-blue glimmer and a tinkling sound, so it helps to have the volume up.
The viewing by moving the mouse around the screen can be a little disconcerting, perhaps even a little disorienting. But don't despair as there are navigation arrows to the bottom of the screen that you can click to limit any potential motion sickness. Clicking on items will either add them to the inventory at the left of the screen, or open small screens. Either way, the clicking can sometimes feel delayed which may be a frustration for some, but perhaps reminds us to slow down and enjoy the experience of feeling like we're in a virtual extra-terrestrial environment. Items in the inventory will automatically allow progress so no need to click or drag objects to use them.
Although Deliza can be considered to be almost purely experiential, there are inherent challenges. Take a wrong turn and you're stuck, or complete the game without actually finding all that can be found. Thankfully, the atmosphere of sights and sounds makes it less of a chore to start over. And on an extra-terrestrial planet where there are four seasons in one day, it's actually quite delightful to explore more than once. There's not a whole lot more that can be said, other than repeating that Deliza is an experience more than a game. With beautifully detailed 360 degree plus environs with sound effects to match, it's a pleasure to spend time exploring the offerings. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but hey... neither does bungee-jumping.