Another indie game that I found on the Indie Statik list. Is it odd that I am playing games from the top 50 horror games list? I have very weird logic.
In Torment: The Case of the Drawing Girl is a point and click game that is only available for windows. You play the role of a detective called in to investigate a strange case. The focus of the case revolves around a woman and her dementia. You have the ability to go “into the beyond” where you can enter into a different reality per say. I decided to give this game a go because I generally like detective point and click games.
The game has an interesting concept where you can choose the level of “darkness” that happens in the game. You can choose it to have it simple, so there is a light amount level of darkness in the story or to pure gruesome dark murder case. The higher the level; the more twisted and dark the events of the game become.
The interview system is very smooth, with the ability to choose how you go about interviewing her. For example, you can be aggressive in your questioning or be reassuring. I have to admit, I was not very good in the interviewing process. I’d make very good progress till I have to question her about the event that she witnessed.
The artwork in the game was a unique approach. Although a little disturbing at some points, however it fit to the overall theme of the game. Showing the woman’s torment and haunted mind. The fact you can literally enter the drawings, to explore and find clues bring you closer to helping the woman and solve a murder case.
The level of maturity of the game was astounding. The fact that each new game gives you a new murder, new motives, new drawings to explore and the same woman whom has different torments plaguing her. It was a little confusing at first, trying to figure how to interview the woman since I thought I was literally stuck in the convent, till I realized you could look at your notepad which let you go see the woman in hospital.
However, the game also is prone to repetition. As once you play the game enough times, you quickly know where the hot-spots of the game are to find the necessary clues. Even most of the drawings stay relatively constant and so does the story. Nevertheless, the game is pretty good despite the disturbing crimes and drawings.
For those interested in the game, you can find it here on the game’s official site. Even the website is quite unnerving. The site’s logo alone nearly put me off the game.