CLT is an indie game developed and published by Not a Game Studio and when we learned that we could touch it to make a review on it we wasted no time. There are many games purely for adults, with an evident and rightly marked sexual background. In the case of CLT instead the gameplay and representation issue intrigued us right from the little trailers we’ve seen, available on Steam. The images speak for themselves, it is a simple game with tarot cards inspired by Rorschach’s paintings and undoubtedly based on female genitals. The focus of CLT – whose title is itself a clear reference – seemed interesting to us precisely because thinking and marketing a profoundly mediocre and bad taste product was more than a simple possibility, unfortunately. In the case of today’s video game we find ourselves evaluating it discreetly, with particular appreciation for the underlying theme, treated in an excellent and captivating way, but without being tacky in its pose. But no more chatter, it’s time to go into more detail about CLT with our review.
Red, like passion
Download, open, play: the mechanism is as simple as it is fast, so fast compared to a normal gaming experience that it is difficult to believe it. Not only is the title really very light – it weighs a couple of GB – but the opening shows no introductions or pauses of any kind. We are directly in-game, with a card source and with a choice to make. Nobody explains anything to us, the dynamics are not clear and we will arrive at the menu only at a later time: a brilliant move, to confuse the player in all respects. Once you have passed the first level called The Key we will have vaguely understood what we are talking about and how we are doing it: through the cards we unlock phrases, movements or memories that are linked to certain themes, deeply connected to the eroticism of the protagonist. Each “deck” has its own theme and each choice affects the flow of ideas of the girl / woman: the purpose? Literally reach the climax through the right cards and discover the 25th – actually non-existent – card of the tarot deck.
A very simple gameplay, which explains itself as we look at the screen. The fun lies precisely in this, namely in the fact that we have to understand without feeling “fed” by an external narrator. Reading the description of the tarot, reality will become more and more evident and the phrases more and more explicit even if censored by a simple method: changing the letters within the words. Another brilliant move, stylistically he knows his stuff in all respects. In general CLT is an original product, which tries to give its own perspective in the videogame world dedicated to sexuality, we would like to see more similar attempts. Allusive but with class, inspired by art, music, philosophy: a real videogame orgasm more directed to women and less randomly sexualized.
Between replayability and longevity
If stylistically and narratively we are faced with a very interesting product that deserves to be played, especially if we think that it costs only three euros, the other side of the coin should also be emphasized. By itself we didn’t imagine that CLT was particularly long or replayable, but the reality is that once you discover the combinations it’s done. All you have to do is solve all the decks and in a couple of hours (maximum) the experience – however interesting – is still over. We would like to conclude our CLT review by saying that it can be a suitable title for anyone who wants a one-shot game, a little disposable, to be appreciated only once in its particularity; and we can assure you that there are many peculiarities. Last flaw, the available language is only English so it will be necessary to understand it well enough to be able to continue in a product that is based solely on observation and reading. As already mentioned, a moderately discreet title and – in its singularity – very valid.
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