Un Momento Review

Un Momento is an amazing short experience about getting lost in your surroundings and just daydream about something great. You sit at your table on a plateau overlooking a sea with many islands in the background as well as a plane flying peacefully in the sky. You look to your left and see the leaves of the trees you sit higher than, and you look at your peaceful little dinner, all alone in the beautiful world. You feel at peace, and that’s all that matters. There is nothing to care about, nothing to tend to, just you, your meal, and the plane in the distance.

During Un Momento, Claude Debussy’s “Clair De Lune”, performed by Laurens Goedhart, plays while you sit at your table. When you start the game you close the menu you are looking at and take a look at your surroundings, and when you feel like flying and getting lost in the world, you stare at the plane and begin controlling its movements. Then the plane gets too far away from the island, and the game ends.

It is a very simple game, but the sense of relaxation and escapism it creates is quite nice and different than all of the other games with goals and other mechanics to worry about. In Un Momento, there is nothing to care about and it portrays the need to have moments just for yourself. You need to take a step back from your tasks and notice that you need to have this moment, this one moment,  to enjoy the beauty of living. It also represents the experience of daydreaming quite well.

At times the visuals can be difficult to look at due to some depth of field issues which make the objects you are looking at blurry at times they shouldn’t be. This is only a minor inconvenience at times, but it soured my first experience with Un Momento due to my lack of vision.

Un Momento is as short as you want it to be, and it gives you an experience where you can stop worrying about your tasks and everything going on in the world, which is essentially the goal of video games. They are escapism, they are art, and they provide millions of people with hours of therapy where they can lose themselves in different worlds and escape the problems they are facing. Un Momento depicts this wonderfully if there are no depth of field issues, and it is an experience I recommend for anyone wanting to just sit back and relax.

You can download Un Momento here!

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