Hey, brah! It's a zombie apocalypse, and you know what that means! It's time to paaaaaaaaaaar-tay! We'll hold the kegger and set up the water slide next to the inflatable bouncy fort. You run into an abandoned house, barricade yourself inside, and then realise your lack of supplies means you'll have to use your point-and-click skills to find a route to safety. What? You don't think that's fair? Sorry, couldn't hear you over this rockin' party. It's okay, developers Atomic Cicada have created a handy guide to just such a situation in I Remain. Those guys are prepared for everything.
Navigate your way through the house by clicking when a yellow arrow pops up on screen when you mouse over an area. You can pick items up or investigate the scene further simply by clicking on it. Once an item is in your inventory, you can sometimes make new items simply by clicking on one item, then on the item you want to combine it with. If you want to take a break because your real world concerns take precedence over pixelated survival, then I suppose you can save your game by clicking on the floppy disk icon in the upper left corner, which would let you load your save by clicking "Continue" on the title screen when you came back. Sometimes I doubt your commitment to the zombie apocalypse. No, don't apologise. It's too late for that. *sniff!*
Analysis: While it is a solid title, what I Remain needs most is an infusion of story, or at the very least some action. The game will probably take you less than half an hour to complete, if that, and most of that is spent going back and forth with no real sense of urgency or menace. After a while it stops feeling like you're holed up in fear of the living dead, and more like you're just tottering around the house performing pesky repairs, like a post-apocalyptic Bob Vila. You find notes left behind by someone with the curious tendency of writing down their every thought and action, but they're lacking in any real personality. Either the previous occupant was Keanu Reeves, or the game missed an opportunity to inject some real atmosphere into the experience.
As it stands, I Remain is a good but brief game that ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, indicating future installments of apocalyptic adventure. Atomic Cicada is more known for its cutesy puzzle games than anything else, and this tentative step into new territory feels like a step in the right direction. With a striking aesthetic and mostly logical, if occasionally overcomplicated, puzzles, it's a perfect way to get a li'l dead in your day.