Datura for the Playstation Network division of the Playstation 3 is an unconventional adventure title that allows users to feel their way through puzzles and a dream world with cloudy controls.
In Datura, users awake in a misty forest with various objects that must be viewed in order to proceed to new areas. With the Playstation Move or the Dualshock 3 controller, users manipulate a virtual hand to examine each object and uncover new clues on their journey.
Objects that can be examined will be noted via an on-screen indicator. Users press the respective button to perform additional actions like filling a pitcher with water and grabbing a key to unlock a new door.
Between the misty world is a modern world that provides an alternate glimpse of the user’s life. This includes short cinematic sequences that require the user to interact in brief vignettes, like saw off a pair of handcuffs or dodge an animal on a drive along a dark highway.
The abstract puzzles are interesting with the user required to examine the strange landscape thoroughly. However, the overall control scheme can be muddled. Users move slowly in the dream world, even with a run option, and the manipulation of objects, like the crowbar, can be troublesome with the Playstation Move or the Dualshock 3.
The graphics engine is decent at 60 frames-per-second. The world of Datura is well-rendered with select units of landscape pop-up. The sound engine is calming with tunes of tranquility in most areas.
Datura is an abstract piece of downloadable art that translates to a standard puzzle adventure experience. The hand controls are inventive and leave direction up to the user, but the difficulty in examining objects can overshadow the title’s daring originality.