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PC Game Review




Re:Turn - One Way Trip


Format: PC
Publisher: Green Man Gaming Publishing
Developer: Red Ego Games
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Age Restrictions: 18+
Release Date: 14 October 2020

Re:Turn - One Way Trip is a side-scrolling, pixel art horror adventure game with puzzle elements. In it, you play as Saki, a young woman on a camping trip with her friends, somewhere in the forests of Japan. A strange earthquake knocks out their campfire and things only get weirder from there. A love poem reveals the romantic intentions of one of the campers towards the main protagonist Saki - and causes Saki’s fiancée, who didn’t write the letter, to explode in anger. After the argument, Saki finds herself alone and in search of her friends before coming across a mysterious train - one that seems to be stuck between two time periods.

Review imageYou are expected to explore each area to find a way forward - and in this case, there’s only a single item or puzzle that is usually blocking your way. Re:Turn is extremely linear, and surprisingly simple. Its puzzles are really only a matter of process of elimination most of the time. But I don’t really play these games for head-scratching puzzles that keep me stumped - I play these games to feel spooked.

Re:Turn - One Way Trip didn’t really do much to scare me, unfortunately. It definitely sets up some creepy moments. Boarding the creepy train while looking for Saki’s friends is spooky, but after spending so much time on the train, I almost felt too comfortable with it. Most of the game takes place on the train, too, unfortunately. Everything else scary is just a series of jump scares or tried-and-true clichés: Spooky girl? Check. Spooky dolls? Check. Anger causing spiritual manifestations? Check. It’s all a little predictable and cliché. Cliché is expected in horror, unfortunately, so it’s not a deal breaker.  In fact, Re:Turn - One Way Trip is competently made - though it’s not groundbreaking in any way. But it’s a fun, somewhat spooky horror experience - though it’s far from the best in its field.

Review imageThe gameplay is also accompanied by a very nice soundtrack, it complements the cutscenes very well and we all know sound plays a big part in allowing horror games to build tension. That is one thing that Re:Turn does very well, the sound.

PC Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows XP (64Bit)
Processor: Core2Duo
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: Any with hardware 3D acceleration
DirectX: Version 7.0
Storage: 2 GB available space
Sound Card: Soundblaster / equivalent
Additional Notes: Earphones! + Play Alone


Scott Roberts

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