Developer: Top Hat Studios, Suzaku
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 07/01/2021
*On Sale Till 27/01/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
It is 2083 in Neo Hong Kong and Mei Lin Mak is on her way to a date. After entering the toilet unable to trust her optics. Mei is transported to the Chong Sing Apartments. Unbeknownst to Mei, the apartment building is haunted by 14 ghost. That she will have to help to survive. Will Mei survive her night?
Sence is becoming more of your typical 2.5D horror adventure, the game does not rely on jump scares. Instead, the developers opted to create an atmosphere and a lingering feeling something could be around the corner.
As for gameplay, Sence is fairly simple; you visit every room, find clues and items that can be used. Evade the Ghosts and ultimately provide an offering to the ghost to send it on.
I really enjoy this type of games, plenty of puzzles to solve and a good amount of lore. The lore found on each floor is related to the ghost, and some are rather interesting. One thing to make a wee gripe about regarding Sence is there is a lot of backtracking. As Items cannot be used until we perform the prior action. This got a little frustrating, but nothing too serious, but having to visit the same room over felt as if it slowed the games pacing down.
Sence does not have any auto saves, so it’s up to the classic home media Betamax to keep you safe. Giving the somewhat nostalgic feeling of Resident Evil with the ink ribbons. It is up to the player to use them. No safety net here. I like this aspect with saving game; it adds an extra layer of tension.
It is however not all plain sailing, I just going to saying it and leave it there is nothing to censor at all. Yes, Sence developers Top Hat went for the busty anime art style. Most graphic novels show off more.
Sense – A CyberPunk Ghost Story is a fairly decent horror game. Nothing to fancy with some good puzzles with annoying backtracking. If you are looking for a good filler for your horror fix, this could be the one for you.