Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date: 05/08/2012
You probably won’t get Datura the first time you play it. It segues from one surreal scene to the next with little context. Your contact with the Myst-like environment is a rubbery disembodied hand. It ostensibly feels like controlling an interactive experimental film made by a European team with a taste for symbolic imagery seemingly inspired by filmmaker David Lynch. I guess the approach isn’t that surprising—the plant the game is named for has been known to cause trips that often end in arrest or hospitalization when taken for recreation. Whether the concept works as a game is questionable.