Developer: Red Ego Games
Publisher: Green Man Gaming
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Ps4 Pro
Release Date: 29/10/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
RE:Turn starts with five college students on a camping trip after graduation. As with all good camping trips in the horror genera, it goes wrong. There is a fallout between friends and one runs away upset, the other four go to sleep thinking he will return soon. When Saki wakes up in the middle of the night everyone is gone! Setting off to search for her friends, Saki stumbles across an old abandoned train. This is where the nightmare begins.
From a narrative standpoint the opening is stereotypical horror cliché but to be fair I like this simple start where you know what will happen. It is not until Saki reaches the train things go a little different from the normal horror title. Based on Japanese mythology and a very clever use of imagery, the story is engaging and freaky.
RE:TURN is set both in the present and the past. With Saki looking for her friends and having to deal with the horrors of the future. This Time travel mechanic is there to further the story and not a gimmick, and each chapter the story slowly comes together as you find out why the train is there and find your friends.
RE:TURN has plenty of puzzles and scares, so to describe how the game plays will have spoilers. However, be prepared to use your head. The puzzles made sense as each one solved progressed the story, and were not just put in the game because the devs could. This is a hard balancing act, and is done with perfection. Being set on a 2D plain, I was not too sure what to expect, but the mix of horror and puzzles with time travel works really well.
The game is beautiful, with the mix of pixel art and more amine style hand-drawn pictures. The level of detail is up there with some of the best games to use pixel art. Everything has been painstakingly made with passion and attention to detail. In both aspects of-the-art design.
RE:TURN One Way Trip is by no means a massive game: it can be completed in around 4/5 hours, but these hours were never dull and no real filler.
Overall, I highly recommend this title for anyone who wants a bit of horror mixed in with puzzles the guys over at Red Ego have crafted a great wee title that needs some love.