Yesterday is a thrilling and dark mystery from the masters of adventure, Pendulo Studios.
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Positive (15 reviews) - 80% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (379 reviews) - 84% of the 379 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 22, 2012

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About This Game

Who is John Yesterday?

After captivating players from all around the world with the mythic Runaway trilogy, Pendulo Studios presents a new adventure gaming masterpiece! This thrilling mystery, presenting a unique, dark and somber style, will not leave you indifferent! With an incredible story, superb environments, perplexing and shady characters, Yesterday throws you into an unforgettable adventure from which you will not emerge unscathed.

New York in 2011… Homeless people are disappearing one after another, their bodies found lifeless. Meanwhile, a Y-shaped scar appears on the hands of seemingly unrelated people. Henry White, a young and rich heir dedicated to a charitable organization, and his friend Cooper, are the first to investigate. They will soon cross paths with the enigmatic John Yesterday, whose memory seems to have been wiped clear, and who will find himself dragged into this incredible story!

How far will you go to discover who John really is, and what he did… Yesterday?
  • An original mystery, a terrifying secret
  • A great adventure around the world
  • Ominous, shady characters
  • Animated film quality production

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP2/VISTA SP1/WINDOWS 7
    • Processor: INTEL/AMD 2.0GHZ
    • Memory: 1024 MB (XP)/2048 MB (VISTA/7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE. ATI RADEON X800/INTEL GMA 3000/NVIDIA GEFORCE 6800 OR HIGHER*
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB
    • Sound: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Other: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR GAME ACTIVATION
      *SIS AND VIA/S3G GRAPHICS CONTROLLERS NON SUPPORTED
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 lagrenouille☠
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
I'm disapointed... It looks good but like with every other pendulo game,
the puzzles are stupid and there is way too much story telling...
plus the story sux.
The UI is pretty bad too but moving around is not badly done..
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slartibartfasts
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
This review is going to be quite short.
If you love Broken Sword like me you, will love this game, I do.
Purchased as part of a collection deal but this is better than the game I bought the collection for.
Superb.
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cg_destro
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Good game, have very good art style well maybe except faces and animation of them, other than that top notch visuals, and story is also not that bad :)
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sem_ampligen
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Very good game with an impressive story!

I'm playing adventure games since the first Monkey Island came out and I can say that this is one of the best point and click adventrue games I have ever played!
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Sydherian
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Mixed opinion. I liked the story and the darker tone. On the other hand, I hated to see the character teleporting around instead of walking, didn't like the comics-like stuff. And the game is short. 2€/h if you take your time... No.

I liked the game, but not so much. The best Pendulo Studio's game is definitely Runaway. Go buy this one instead.
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abyme
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
Simple yet enjoyable adventure. Short as well.
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Ulver
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Yesterday goes on an unexpected direction

What an odd little game that doesn't let its Dark Story set up the tone for the entire experience
Yesterday does a good job at getting you hooked right after the end of the first chapter, but gives you the wrong idea of what to expect from it
The amount of "cheese" mixed with a story revolving around a satanic cult set in an extremely colorful cartoony world, with its fair share of silly dialogue, does make for a weird little game

The Art Style looks fairly good, despite not fitting with this particular theme. The only exception being the character close ups, where the awkward mouth movements become more noticeable.

The Gameplay is, for the most part, not as cryptic as the classic point n click games, but it does require you to explore, figure out things on your own and do some puzzle solving. While most Puzzles only require simple logic, there is one in particular that requires a specific skill.

Pros:
  • Beautiful game
  • Dark and Gritty Story
  • A good range of different puzzles
  • Well developed characters
  • Good villain

Cons:
  • Dialogue
  • voice acting
  • Sometimes awkward animation
  • Short
  • dull music
  • Bland hero

Score:6/10
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Bunny, the Fluffy Slay3r
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
My first point-and-click experience, which was truly wonderful. If you want a deep (a bit scary) story, you should buy this game. It doesn't have much of a replay value, but the plot makes up for that
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VRG
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
10/10 Will die and reincarnate again!
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medtheshed
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Short but compelling dark, novel point and click adventure game. Nice graphics and good voice acting. Th hint system means that you don't have to spend any time reading walkthroughts if you get stuck solving a puzzle. Worth getting on sale.
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Cawotte - Fr
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Met a french character who speaks english with the worst prononciation ever.

I'm french and this is perfectly accurate, 10/10 for Pendulo studios and they care for details.
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Tolure
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Fun little click adventure. Worth the story and humor.
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Skeleton (Weaboo)
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
balance puzzle and good hints
storys are awesome with nice plot twist
10/10
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ctwmitch
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
I completed the game in my iPad2.

This is a good advantage, dob't miss it!

And more, why no Card for this game?
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LegendaryBacon
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Yesterday is a thrilling point and click adventure game that takes you on a wild ride of mystery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCQD1xcp48
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Howl23
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
I played this yesterday.
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5960xNvidiaGamer (Lee)
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Old Style point and click adventure game, this is brilliant. I would say this is one of the more difficult pnc games on Steam, but it's excellent.
8/10
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Unsettler
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
What I Didn't Like:

  1. You have no idea what half of the dialogue options will result in. Especially at the end. That and I'm not a fan of the "picture collage" approach to cutscenes. These things are not big issues but it annoyed me a little.

  2. The individual scenes are basically hidden object oriented. The items don't highlight when you move the mouse over so it gets irritating. You end up using the "show the stuff" button way too often and because it only blinks for a second you need to use it several times to see where all the usable items are on the map and the button has a delay!

  3. The puzzles were a bit too straight forward for my taste.

What I Liked:

  1. The character sort of teleports from one item to the other so you don't have so watch him walk from one corner of the room to the other. At first it was distracting but I got used to it and I think it's a great feature that cuts out the most tedious aspect of this genre.

  2. Has a great built-in hint system that removes any frustration when you get stuck.

  3. The story won me over eventually. Took a while though. However, being the most important part of games like these it counts the most.

In the end, even though the story was mediocre at first, about halfway through it gets a lot more interesting. Enough to earn a thumbs up. Despite comming off as trying too much at times and some characters being over the top, I still enjoyed it.

P.S.: Get it on a sale because it's only about 4 hours long.
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Steven410
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
i dont like this kind of games.
and the graphic are weird
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NYCDoug
( 37.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Fun and chalanging game makes the player think, but the ending leavs one wanting more...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Yesterday goes on an unexpected direction

What an odd little game that doesn't let its Dark Story set up the tone for the entire experience
Yesterday does a good job at getting you hooked right after the end of the first chapter, but gives you the wrong idea of what to expect from it
The amount of "cheese" mixed with a story revolving around a satanic cult set in an extremely colorful cartoony world, with its fair share of silly dialogue, does make for a weird little game

The Art Style looks fairly good, despite not fitting with this particular theme. The only exception being the character close ups, where the awkward mouth movements become more noticeable.

The Gameplay is, for the most part, not as cryptic as the classic point n click games, but it does require you to explore, figure out things on your own and do some puzzle solving. While most Puzzles only require simple logic, there is one in particular that requires a specific skill.

Pros:
  • Beautiful game
  • Dark and Gritty Story
  • A good range of different puzzles
  • Well developed characters
  • Good villain

Cons:
  • Dialogue
  • voice acting
  • Sometimes awkward animation
  • Short
  • dull music
  • Bland hero

Score:6/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
What I Didn't Like:

  1. You have no idea what half of the dialogue options will result in. Especially at the end. That and I'm not a fan of the "picture collage" approach to cutscenes. These things are not big issues but it annoyed me a little.

  2. The individual scenes are basically hidden object oriented. The items don't highlight when you move the mouse over so it gets irritating. You end up using the "show the stuff" button way too often and because it only blinks for a second you need to use it several times to see where all the usable items are on the map and the button has a delay!

  3. The puzzles were a bit too straight forward for my taste.

What I Liked:

  1. The character sort of teleports from one item to the other so you don't have so watch him walk from one corner of the room to the other. At first it was distracting but I got used to it and I think it's a great feature that cuts out the most tedious aspect of this genre.

  2. Has a great built-in hint system that removes any frustration when you get stuck.

  3. The story won me over eventually. Took a while though. However, being the most important part of games like these it counts the most.

In the end, even though the story was mediocre at first, about halfway through it gets a lot more interesting. Enough to earn a thumbs up. Despite comming off as trying too much at times and some characters being over the top, I still enjoyed it.

P.S.: Get it on a sale because it's only about 4 hours long.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Loved the Runaway games but this here is not good.

Pros:
Hard Puzzles
Hot spot indicator(shows clickable places on the screen)
Art Style

Cons:
Story
Short game
Logical solutions to puzzles aren't the right choice(ever)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Don't get fooled by the style of animation, there is some serious adult content inside with a lot of disturbing scenes in the style of Seven movie.
Despite being short and quite simple, this is the best story of all Pendulo games,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Bought the game as a summer sale package. It was a pretty good story, and I enjoyed the animations and voice acting for the most part. However, I'd advise you wait until it's on some crazy sale (not worth $10). Only took me 5 hours to complete, and some of that was it running while I did other things.

Pros:
Interesting Story
Animation
Some funny dialogue, though feels unatural at times
Very well thought out interface

Cons:
Spotted several typos and gibberish-like sentences (wanting to be holding)
Some cut scene dialogue fluxuated drastically between sentences

Overall:
Worth playing, not worth $10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
10/10 Will die and reincarnate again!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Point'n'click adventure game with dense atmosphere, urging you to find some answers. Really fun to play. Guys from Pendulo Studios know, how to make a proper game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Old Style point and click adventure game, this is brilliant. I would say this is one of the more difficult pnc games on Steam, but it's excellent.
8/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
Much darker and shorter (about 4 hours) than the previous games by Pendulo studios, but it's worth it. A good story, memorable characters, logical puzzles, nice music and pretty visuals. What else to want from an adventure game?

And not to spoil anything, but I belive fans of Broken Sword will like Yesterday.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
An excellent little piece of mystery and intrigue. I really liked the graphic style of the game, crisp cartoon mixed with some highly detailed background landscapes. Cutscene dialogues had an excellent style to them as well. Never too frustrated with being stuck at a puzzle, but then never the huge satifaction when you solve them. Plot didn't completely tie up all the way through, and good moments of humour throughout.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Very short. And glad I got it as a gift (during a sale) because it's definitely not worth the original price for being too short. The story is okay nothing special.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
a teenager version of gabriel knight (or broken sword? never played one). story is kinda lame and have a so-so voice act (havent finish it yet, tho'). but the puzzle is really great and very logical.

recommended for point and click fans.
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56 of 61 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
A nice if short adventure game with a story and plot progression that really throws you for a loop. Only real issue I see with this game is the value you assign to the experience relative to its price. If I had purchased it at retail price when it first came out I would undoubtedly been dissapointed at its briefness but for sale in the pendulo pack or it's current price point its fine.

Give it a go if you are a genre fan, for sure.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
Yesterday is a great point and click adventure from the developers who brought you Runaway. Things are not what they seem in this great story of deceit and mystery. You start out as Henry White and his friend cooper who works for a charitable company that helps the homeless. Well at your first stop you find two crazy guys doing some weird ritual and they end up trying to kill you. You win out and the game flashes forward some time.

Now you take over our main protagonist John Yesterday who has amnesia and is trying to figure out who he really is and about his past. You work for Henry White doing research for him when you start remembering things and realize all is not what it seems. This all leads up to a choice of four different endings and will give you some replay value to see them all.

The art style is fantastic and really fits with the game. Gameplay is what you would get from point and click adventures with some tough challenging puzzles but nothing too hard to accomplish. There’s also a hint button you can use to help you out if you’re stuck which recharges over time after every use. This way you do actually have to try. I did really like when you would click on something the characters wouldn’t take forever to walk to the item. The characters would appear next the object which is a big plus as sometimes it can seem forever to search areas on other games of this genre.

Pendulo Studios have done another great job at bringing us a great story with romance, humor, and mystery which deserves to be noticed. Only thing I wish is the game was a little longer to enjoy. If you like point and click adventure games, puzzles, and a great story than I highly recommend you check this game out.

Bear Rating: 8/10
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Is this a game worth your time? It has lots of casual murder, so yes. YES!

But…

…the game is very, very short and very, very easy. I’m neither a clever man nor an avid adventure gamer and I always need to look up what to do in walkthroughs sooner or later. That being said, Yesterday took me roughly 3.5 hours to finish and I breezed through it. Some of the riddles are just stupid too, like right at the beginning you must reconstruct a payphone to call someone and even though you have a mobile and the person you’re trying to call has one too the game never even allows you to try to use your mobile.

…all the cut-scenes are… minimalistic, is a word that could describe them, I guess. They’re mostly just a series of snapshots and fade-to-blacks instead of a short movie or there’re just animations in front of a black background.

…the game has very few locations, very few riddles, very few dialogs, very few items, very few of everything basically. For example, the cast size is tiny and there are basically no secondary or background characters.

…the story is rather incoherent at times, which is a result of budgetary limitations, I think. Too many holes in the narrative, too. Throughout the entire game I had the impression that half of it was missing. Scenes just start and you don’t know why, scenes just end and you don’t really know how, facts are stated and information are given and there is a general lack of context present at all times.

…there are story twists planted in the narrative but they’re NOT played out so that at some point you just think to yourself “oh, that person was this?” and then you shrug your shoulders because the timing is messed up. And that’s very unfortunate because early on they actually prove that they know how to properly time a twist.

…everything feels really underdeveloped, especially the characters. By now we can see the theme I’m going for, I reckon. Because of the tight budged nothing really has room to breathe and time to unfold. You meet a villain and in the same scene you dispose of him, you meet a character and five minutes later you’re already big chums with them. It’s stripped down to the bare essentials.


So I think what I’m trying to say is this: There is a jarring chasm between the very big and lavishly played out prologue and the rest of the game, which really hammers home the point that they planned a big old adventure game in the tradition of their very own Runaway series but were forced to make a very, very small game in the end.


And still, the atmosphere is fantastic, dark and creepy and weird and aloof and just spot on; the music is sometimes great (and sometimes just cringeworthy), the voice acting is rather good all around, the writing is never bad and quite good at times; the game is not funny nor does it try to be funny and the story is dark and evil and heavily inspired by the occult. They also have played a lot of PlaneScape: Torment, I’d say and that is never a bad thing. And they start the game with a proper mind♥♥♥♥!

So yes, it is absolutely worth the 3-4 hours you’ll spend with it. If 3-4 hours are worth 10 Euros to you, that is for you to decide though.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
“Yesterday”, by Pendulo Studios, is an unusually good game. It offers an interesting story, logical, though sometimes complex (even when easy) puzzles, and generally simplified gameplay.

There really isn’t a lot this player can say about "Yesterday" without saying too much. The story involves numerous genuinely interesting characters over many years and locations. It involves Satanism, amnesia and rebirth (of several varieties), torture, romance and a considerable amount of violence (very little of it graphic.) One of what this reviewer considers the strongest features of “Yesterday” is a well-designed hint system, used in conjunction with logical and intelligent puzzles. In far too many game players struggle to solve totally illogical puzzles using every single silly article in inventory (“ADventure Lib” and “City of Fools” satirize this wonderfully.) “Yesterday” may add literally dozens of items to inventory, and use only a few, or parts of a few without removing the remaining components. And the puzzles are intelligence based, though there is still a fair amount of trying to combine every new item with all existing items. The hint system is available once several attempts have been made, and it may offer a vague hint, or the answer outright. As long as the player makes every effort on their own, the hints won’t necessarily feel like cheating, though they often make you feel silly for missing something obvious in retrospect. Still, it's far more workable than, and just as thorough as, a reliance on walkthroughs.

John Yesterday is a man without memory of his past, and along with his mother Elaine, an investigator into satanic matters. Along with his mother, he is aided in recovering his memories by his friend and mentor, Henry White, who has a history of helping the homeless, and is now one of the richest men in the world. But that’s not where the story begins, and certainly not where it ends. The story continues in Paris, rural Scotland, and the Himalayas, with numerous other stops in space and time. The story never gets boring, or slows more than for the occasional necessary change of pace, though this player would have prefered a bit less "deus ex machina". There is some very welcome humor in this story, especially the American tourists in Paris. An unusual feature at the end allows the player to decide which remaining character is the “game changer” in the final scene (though I suspect nearly everyone makes the same choice.) When “Yesterday” ends, one reviewer can almost guarantee the average player will want more. (BTW, if you complete the game, finish the credits for a hint as to a sequel.)

“Yesterday”'s graphics are not its strongest feature, but very adequate, quite pleasant, and never vague or confusing. Susanne is made beautiful enough (at least for me) to allow a great deal of lenience. The voice acting is above average…usually. (Henry White is a bit overdone.) Gameplay is very good, though grabbing items from inventory never felt natural. Using the same cute text in trying inventory objects against background points grew monotonous, but maybe it really wasn’t necessary for it to be attempted so often. They were almost always appropriate and clever…the first time or two. I really appreciated the method of moving the game along by fading out, then in, instead of walking full distances.

All in all, “Yesterday” was an unusually good game, at an exceptional package price, which is best for a short game such as this. (I purchased "Yesterday" cheaply, but the regular price of $10US seems a bit high) The good far overwhelms what little weakness there is in this game.

(As with many Steam games, offline game time is not tracked.)
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Yesterday is a gripping point and click adventure, used to work your mind.
There are little hints throughout which help you progress however there is a certain time limit in between each hint therefore making sure you cannot be spoon fed throughout the game.

The game is well thoughtout and i enjoyed every minute of it (:

I reckon you should give it a go, it really is one of the better and unique point and click games I have experienced
rather short but grabs you non the less.

I recommend this game to all who enjoy this style of game.

BIG THUMBS UP!
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Sick and mind blowing.

This psychological horror have a very good storyline, interesting graphic and soundtrack.

Your decisions will change your future, choose wisely...

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2014
A rather fun point and click with an intriguing story but is let down by being very short (3 hours, shorter with hints) and having a let down for an ending that doesn't really resolve anything.

The graphic style can come off as a little odd with awkwardly exaggerated lip-synching in vocal scenes but the characters themselves look stylishly designed, background variety is fairly good too for what few locations are in the game.

It avoids being a pixel hunt game with a button to show everything you can interact with as well as a good hint system that doesn't reveal too much until you need it.

For the most part I enjoyed it but struggle to recommend it at full price given it can be finished rather easily in one sitting.
If you see it on sale or if you have more than enough disposable income then I do recommend this game, but if you want a good point and click I'd sooner direct you to Broken Sword than this.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
Overall: 9/10

Brilliantly created game, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the developers understood what makes up a good point and click adventure game, considering the genre had its wonder years already. Some great features such as how the tips take time to fill before you can look at them, and a decent plot, art style and set of characters. The only downside to this game is that the game takes about 4 hours to complete without using tips, and that I didn't want it to end so soon. But it was 4 hours of enjoyment, which I can't say for many games that last longer for artifical reasons.
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