It feels disingenuous writing about photography adventure game Toem, out this week for PC, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, without mentioning A Short Hike. The two games share anthropomorphic characters, an isometric perspective, and a short, sweet story that centers on ascending a mountain. But Toem is no monochromatic retread of the 2019 hit. If it’s not quite as formally inventive as A Short Hike, an open world adventure in charming miniature, then the debut from Swedish studio Something We Made is similarly forthright in its design, one which wrings delight from limiting, and then expanding, the player’s perspective.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akgmy5/toem-crams-the-joy-and-discovery-of-open-world-games-into-a-tiny-package