In Verbis Virtus Review

July 8, 2023
David Sunnyside

Use your voice to cast spells in In Verbis Virtus, a fantasy adventure unlike any other. Step into the shoes of a wizard and explore a lost temple, making your way through forgotten chambers brimming with unspeakable beauty and terror.

The game was green-lit on Steam this summer, and developer Indomitus Games have been hard at work ever since. Now the team have released a demo, so we can take a closer look at this first person adventure that uses your microphone as its main progression tool.

We talk to lead designer Federico Mussetola about the inspirations behind this unique game, and what makes casting spells by shouting into your mic so fun!

In Verbis Virtutus is a magical and mystical first person puzzler, inspired by games like Portal and The Talos Principle. The magic in this case is in the fact that you must actually use your microphone to cast spells, pronouncing them for real. This simple gimmick is used to create an immersive world in which the player must carefully balance the use of their voice and time, as failure to say the right spell at the correct moment can have devastating consequences for the player.

The demo shows that controlling the game is relatively easy. WASD controls movement and using items is handled by pressing E. The most interesting part is using the microphone to cast your spells, which can be done in English or, for full immersion, in an invented language that leans heavily on Latin.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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