Heaven's Vault review: A way with words
(PS4/PC) ★★★★★ Age: 12+
Serene and yet Byzantine, Heaven's Vault spins an intriguing yarn of ancient villainy blended with hieroglyphic puzzles. On the trail of a missing colleague in a retro sci-fi universe, archaeologist Aliya embarks on a curious odyssey, exploring planets, gathering clues and deciphering the squiggles of an unknown language.
Though the world is sometimes a little abstract and awkward, Heaven's Vault conceals an absorbing narrative. Aliya's non-conformist attitude gets her into some amusing verbal sparring with other characters and the puzzles are just knotty enough to require a pen and paper by your side.
All your interactions are tracked by a labyrinthine timeline that gradually fills the gaps in your knowledge and confuses you at the same time.
Heaven's Vault may be flawed in its pacing but it's a distinctive adventure that agreeably tickles the grey matter.