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How Beyond Eyes turns smell, sound and touch into exploration mechanics

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Beyond Eyes interprets the blindness of its young protagonist in a few really fascinating ways. Her senses allow her to fill in the gaps of her environment — hearing a bird in the distance allows the player to see said bird on their screen, and the smell of fresh linens causes hanging laundry to appear in the distance. Her childlike imagination can occasionally lead her astray; the sound of a leaky sewer pipe is envisioned as a beautiful fountain, until the smell of said sewer reveals the truth. Beyond Eyes handles the implications of visual impairment with finesse, but unfortunately, it drops the ball in a bunch of other departments.

Check out the Overview above to watch Justin and I explore the world of Beyond Eyes, and learn a really valuable lesson about crows. That lesson is, of course: Everyone should be afraid of crows, all the time.