Sometimes it’s nice to break away from a frenetically paced action game with a relaxing adventure that you can explore at your own pace. Cradle is exactly this type of game, and it is available for all GeForce NOW members to enjoy on SHIELD at no additional charge.
Cradle feels like a dream, which is very much intentional. A surreal science-fiction gameworld with flying buses, robots, clever puzzles, and interesting characters - all backed by an original, soothing soundtrack - delivers a rewarding experience that captivates, without guns or swordplay.
This adventure game begins with you awakening in a yurt in the midst of the Mongolian desert. Your only companion is a mechanical girl in need of repair. Your initial explorations will revolve around finding materials she needs, leading to clues about deeper mysteries the land is hiding that you’ll feel compelled to uncover.
You can go anywhere you wish, pick up just about any object you see, and read anything with text on it - from diaries to discarded food containers. While your environment is hauntingly beautiful, and you can explore it all at your own pace, don’t let this fool you: there are some sinister, dark secrets waiting to be discovered here that will provide for some memorable, chilling, and thought-provoking moments.
While the setting and teaser video above, may conjure up memories of Myst for adventure fans, this most certainly is not a point-and-click puzzler. It’s a first-person adventure steeped in lore, originality, and some truly excellent writing.
The game combines narrative elements found in many works from popular Russian science fiction writers (Andrey Platonov, Vladimir Sorokin, the Strugatsky brothers) and explores themes of transhumanism, emotion, and the unintended consequences of scientific and technical progress.
We’ll not go into any more detail than this, as discovery is a critical element of this adventure game and you’ll not find any spoilers here. Grab a controller and start exploring Cradle’s world for yourself!
To play, navigate to the GeForce NOW menu within SHIELD Hub on your SHIELD Android TV, portable or tablet. You’ll find Cradle in the New for Members category.
GeForce NOW is the world’s first cloud-gaming service capable of streaming PC games at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Members enjoy access to a library of 70-plus games they can play on-demand, plus the option to purchase new games and play them instantly. Membership is free for the first three months, then just $7.99 per month.
The GeForce NOW Developers Program makes it simple for developers to publish their games on NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game-streaming service and reach a new generation of gamers. If you don’t already own one, pick up an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV today!