Something has happened. You don't know exactly what, but you know that this place doesn't seem right. This place where the doors don't have hinges or knobs and passing through one feels like you're passing through space and time. No, it doesn't seem quite right, but some things seem...familiar. Such is the strange and wonderful world served up to you by RobotJAM and Rob Donkin in Synapsis 2.
Synapsis 2 is the equally mindbending point-and-click adventure game sequel to the original, Synapsis. You are David Carter, a man who is trapped, maybe inside of his own head, maybe he's between places or maybe he just took a wrong turn somewhere. Either way, he's looking for a way out and to do that you'll have to guide him through a variety of puzzles. The mouse is all you will need to move from place to place, manipulate the environment, pick up and use items.
For a game that's so deliciously weird, the puzzles make sense. There will be times when you scratch your head and a few might cause a little frustration, but for the most part you won't be wondering why you're doing something. The relatively low difficulty of the game means that some players will be able to breeze through Synapsis 2. This is a little disappointing as you'll just want to luxuriate in the unique world and explore more of it, however it also means the game doesn't give itself a chance to get old.
Synapsis 2 is a beautiful looking game. The rooms are varied in appearance and atmosphere and each has their own sounds and music. The whole feel of the game is like a mixture between Twin Peaks' Black Lodge and the introduction to The Twilight Zone ("a place of sight and sound...a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination"). There are plenty of games that are weird, this is one of the few games that I would label as surreal. it's an artfully constructed mixture of the mundane and the bizarre with a story where the confusion is part of the fun and what you see is more important than anything that could be said.
If you're looking for an adventure game that truly takes you to a unique world or you're a fan of film makers like David Lynch of Alejandro Jodorowsky, then you should definitely check out the Synapsis games. It might not take you long to get through Synapsis 2, but the sights and sounds will leave you begging for more.