Back in High School, it was compulsory to learn a second language. I had a choice of Chinese or French and decided on the former, and promptly forgot it all as soon as it became optional in Year 11. Thing is, I’ve always wanted to learn a new language, it’s something that’s interested me for some time, it’s just a question of finding the right dialect to learn. Perhaps Sethian is exactly the kind of experience I’ve been waiting for.
Sethian is a sci-fi puzzler that tasks you with learning a new language to solve a three centuries old mystery involving the disappearance of a distant planet’s entire society. Developers Duang! Games has come up with their own grammar and vocabulary, borrowing Chinese and American Sign Language among other elements to form a unique kind of communication.
It’s not going to be easy to master it, but luckily there’s a fairly hefty journal that acts as both dictionary and guide to the world. It’s all in game, though I might have to convince the devs to publish a pdf version, if only to read it away from the game. It sounds truly fascinating, certainly the most unique puzzle experience I’ve seen this year.
You can find Sethian on Steam as of later today, November 10th. If all these first person war shooters are tiring you out, maybe a little brain tickling will do the trick. Check it out and let us know what you think.