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This is an enjoyable horror visual novel so far - it’s still in early access and there are only 4 chapters out currently, so it’s hard to comment on it too much as it isn’t a complete game yet. I had been wanting to check this out for a while but the early access put me off, however, while this isn’t an anthology series and each chapter is part of a larger narrative, the chapters still feel largely self-contained and don’t finish on any huge cliffhangers, so I wasn’t that disappointed when I reached the end. The developers also give frequent updates on the game and what they are working on.
The characters and mysteries presented so far are engaging, I can’t get a read on exactly where the story is headed at this point but hopefully it doesn’t crap the bed later on, as it’s been well-written so far. This is also definitely a ‘choices matter’ visual novel, where these choices can affect the rest of the game quite substantially, if you enjoy that - I went back and replayed some chapters in different ways and got a bunch of different dialogue and scenes, so there is definitely replayability here. I haven’t found it particularly scary so far, but I think it’s still enjoyable for any fan of horror stories, but maybe not anyone looking for big scares in a game. There are also some fun references in background visuals to horror movies, such as The Thing and Noroi. Overall the art and writing is well done, and I’m interested to see where the story ends up,
This was passable, but nowhere near good. Even with a gameplay length of only ~2 hours I was getting bored and finding it a bit tedious before the end. The gameplay is just collecting items and running back and forth between characters to deliver items/messages - I found the controls to be quite janky, so running and jumping around was cumbersome and unenjoyable, which is unfortunate when that’s the entirety of the gameplay. I didn’t find any of the characters or dialogue engaging either. This could be good for a kid, but even then there are better ‘cosy games’ with similar features, like lil gator game.
Normally don’t complain about game price vs length either, as I prefer shorter games anyway and am happy to pay for a good one, but this was AU$23 on a discount as well, which imo is way too much for barely 2 hours of amateur, buggy gameplay.
Quite scary and has some cool moments, but is somehow insanely overwrought for a game with super simple Atari 2600 like graphics. Concept, graphics and scares are good but it’s just trying to do too much.