The presentation of this game is incredibly similar to that of Secret of Monkey Island, with a pixelated look to the characters and environments from which you are placed in, hell, even the character’s mouths move in the same way. It certainly helps to give the game a rustic, retro aesthetic, but the decision to place Shardlight in a post-apocalyptic setting only serves to heighten the importance of its environment design. The care and attention, and perhaps most importantly of all, the quality of the artwork, that has been poured into every scene and location in this game is just downright gorgeous, making it abundantly obvious that this is a real labour of love, with a great deal of time and effort having gone into making this game look beautiful, even if it is pixelated.
The music itself is fair, having a large amount of tunes that remind me most of old westerns for some reason. While it may not win any awards I find it to be appropriate to the setting and it helps to really bring tension to scenes which need it. I have to highlight the voice acting as I find it incredibly good for being developed by such a small team. Amy has plenty to say about the world around her, meaning that you can simply ask her for information on just about anything that she is either looking at or interacting with. Each of the other myriad characters too is superbly acted, and this manages to highlight the great chemistry in their interactions with Amy. Honestly, this is some of the best voice acting and editing that I have ever seen in an indie game, it’s that good.