Rime (stylized as RiME) is a third-person adventure and puzzle-solving game developed by Tequila Works and published by Grey Box and Six Foot studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch (released in May 2017). Rime was developed using the Unreal Engine 4. The game was originally planned to be an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive but was canceled due to a clash with policies, and then it was supposed to be a PS4 exclusive, but by December of 2016, Tequila Works had already acquired complete rights to the game, and it was under development as a multiplatform game.
In Rime, players play as a boy who is trapped on an island. The game follows the protagonist as he attempts to escape from it. Players will go through levels separated by gates and explore the overworld to survive and escape. The boy is guided by a mystical fox, and sees a man in a red cape on several occasions, but does not know who he is. Now, he must travel to the center of the island to solve this mystery and escape the island once and for all.
The game puts heavy emphasis and focuses on the puzzles and their solution requires deep thinking and strategic planning. Originally the game also included survival aspects where the boy would need to eat and drink, but this was removed in favor of adding more puzzles to the game. Health status and stamina mechanics were also scrapped. The game features an audio narrative, although there are no voices from the characters themselves.
Rime stands out from the rest of the puzzle genre crowd by implementing a unique story and an even more unexpected ending to the game (no spoilers here!). It features gorgeous visuals rendered using the powerful Unreal Engine 4, and a beautiful soundtrack composed by David García Díaz.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game were ported by QLOC, and the Nintendo Switch version of the game is being ported by Tantalus Media.
Rime has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the game holds a score of 84 for the Xbox One version. Reviewers of the game have drawn comparisons with similar games in the genre such as Ico, Journey, The Last Guardian and The Witness, and have praised the visuals and the sound effects of the game.