In the midst of the first-ever PAX Online, the public has gotten the chance to get their hands on some pretty sweet games. With the flood of available demos on Steam, online panels and just another huge amount of content, it’s easy to feel daunted. I certainly was. With this, I chose to play the demo of Ghost on the Shore, an indie walking sim that boasts some pretty captivating vibes. Let’s jump in.
Ghost on the Shore follows two central characters. One is the main character you’ll be controlling, a young woman by the name of Riley. She’s got quite a peppy, fun little British accent to her. The other character is Josh, who by the way, is a charming Scottish man who is also very much dead. Now his ghost is possessing Riley (in a friendly way!) and acting as a sort of conscience, and the two must explore this island they’ve found themselves on. Answers to just how the two found themselves in the situation they’re in, and where the hell all the island’s inhabitants went, await!
I really want to hone in on how nice the dynamic is between Riley and Josh. Sure, they’ve only just met and Josh is inhabiting her body, but they still have time for banter. This is helped largely by the great amount of personality the voice acting has provided for both characters. Early on in the demo I was standing at a cliff’s edge, admiring the view. The game took the time to tell me I’d perhaps been standing there admiring it for too long. “Don’t jump,” Josh’s voice chimed in. “Then I’d have no one to talk to.” Little pleasant and charming exchanges like this show up quite a bit in the brief demo, even if the audio cues aren’t always perfect and characters sometimes inadvertently cut each other off.