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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated a year ago.

Author: Hannah Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Inked is a puzzle game where you play a sketched hero venturing into the world of ink and paper, from the perspective of the artist who drew you. With simple controls, you traverse platforms and ramps and solve a range of hand-drawn puzzles with geometric shapes. It's unusual not only for its visual style but also the metaphorical interaction between drawn and drawer on a quest to find hope.

You are given the artist's pen and the ability to add shapes to help you through puzzles. As you progress through the game you are given more shape tools to choose from. For example, you can place objects like a square block or an angled ramp to help you climb walls or cross gaps. You use the weight and the physics of the drawn-in shapes to solve some puzzles.

Inked is the story of a Nameless Hero who has lost his love, Aiko, and the story is intertwined with the artist, Adam's, life. As you embark on a journey to find Aiko, you also learn what is going on in Adam’s life through the puzzles he is drawing.

It's a unique perspective through the eyes of an artist. Not only do you delve into the world created by real-life trauma, but you glimpse the life behind the drawing: Adam's room and desk scattered with empty Chinese food boxes.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/04/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Traversal (Creative, Narrative, Platform, Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 7 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Somnium Game (@SomniumGame)




Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 and a half hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for mild violence that consists of your 2D, sketched hero trying to avoid traps and obstacles. When hit, he explodes into a puddle of ink. No injury details are shown. There is also a scene of shadowy figures on a screen, dismembering each other but as they are only silhouettes, the violence here is only implied.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Language and Mild Fantasy Violence.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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