Beyond Eyes tells the story of Rae, a young girl who loses her sight due to a firework incident when she was much younger. Sometime long after her incident, Rae spends plenty of her time in the garden, gathering her thought. One day, she receives a visit from a fat ginger cat. They soon become friends, and Rae names him Nani. Her journey begins when Nani stops turning up in the garden. This sends Rae out searching for him, leaving behind her familiar surroundings. It's a very touching story, and it's well presented along the way.
Set in a third person perspective, you'll move Rae as she slowly walks further away from home. Due to her blindness, Rea captures a mental picture of her surroundings to help guide her. Objects are slowly brush stroked into view across a white backdrop, as she walks forward. From cobbled paths, fences, to buildings and so forth. Rae can also picture images from smelling scents and hearing noises. Weather it's birds chirping or dogs barking, for instance. It's a very imaginative and effect way of capturing someone's imagination. It all looks stunning, too. Everything looks like a moving water colour painting.
It's a shame the core mechanics don't merit it's beautiful aesthetics. There's very little to gameplay, other than walking. It's pretty much a walking simulator, as you slowly make your way into the right direction. When I mean slow, I mean slow, too. It's understandable why Rea walks slowly, but this can lead to boredom when you stumble upon dead ends. A lot of time is spent backtracking, which feels very tedious. There's time when your faced with obstacles, such as nasty dogs. For instance, one section had me finding a ball to distract the dog. It's nice that your given a few tasks along the way, but they feel more like a chore than a fun puzzle.
The experience is also on the short side, clocking in roughly two hours. There's nothing to really entice you back either. There's a variety of interactions, such as sitting on a swing, but there's no collectibles or other distractions. The main reason for playing Beyond Eyes is for it's story. If you would like to pass a couple of hours, relaxing with an interactive story, Beyond Eyes could do the trick. Yet, it's shallow gameplay and shortcomings make it hard to recommended, despite how beautiful it looks.