Developer: IzanagiGames
Publisher: NIS
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 07/06/2022
Price£35.99/$39.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

What do you get when you mix, Danganronpa, Blue Wish and Escape Rooms? You get something like Yurukill: The Calumniation Games. I know sounds weird and shouldn’t work but it’s great.

In Yurukill, you play as Sengoku Shunju. He wakes up in his prison cell. He has been tried and found guilt of multiple murders. A strange woman in a fox mask called Binko tells Shunju he has a chance to gain his freedom. All he has to do is survive Yurukill Land, and its various attractions. 

Shunju has always pleaded his innocence. He is suddenly paired up with a girl named Rina Azami, the victim of Shunju crimes. Of course, she does not believe he is innocent. An to make it worse, Azami is an ‘Executioner’ and has the ability to kill Shunju if she wants to.

Shunju and Azami are not the only ones in Yurukill Land. There are another four teams. One one prisoner will be pardoned. Making for an overly entertaining, dark and psychological thriller styled story.

The story is as weird as the premise, but it still has loads of great twists and turns. All made better by the voice acting, especially Binko, she is absolutely fantastic.

Yurukill game

What A Crazy Game

I have not played anything like Yurukill before. It a very strange but very entertaining.

Starting off with a shmup tutorial, that threw me totally as I went in to this one blind as I knew it was a visual novel styled game, with puzzles. I genuinely thought I started the wrong game. Then the game starts. Yurukill is presented with the usual NIS flair, with excellent art work and great colour pallets.

After the setup, it comes to the first escape room styled puzzle. This has the player moving around rooms, solving puzzles by interacting with the room. I never found the puzzles too difficult, but always interesting. There is not only storytelling through the characters, but the rooms themselves have a purpose.

Deduction Is Key

I will gloss over the shmup section as it works like they all do; kill everything on screen and survive. However, the before and after are the important parts.

Before the shmup, there is a quick fire question round that shows how much you are paying attention to the story and the clues. All clues can be reviewed from the mobile you have. More questions you get right, the more lives you have and they are important.

At a certain point in the shmup level, you are again tasked with answering questions regarding the clues you have gathered. If you get the question wrong, you lose three lives. Get it correct, you can survive and move on to the next attraction. Lose all our lives and you die. 

Overall, Yurukill: The Calumniation Games is a game that shouldn’t work, but it does. And it’s a great experience that had me on the edge of my seat at all times.

There is some great voice acting and writing and I highly recommend Yurukill: The Calumniation Games.

8-10
GREAT

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