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Review

We are rather spoiled these days with the so-called dead genre of point & click. This time it's Strangeland, the brainchild of Wadjet Eye Games as a publisher, and Wormwood Studios at the controls, that we welcome with open arms.  On the other hand, on the game's side, the arms are reluctant to break the barrier gestures. The firs...

Strangeland

  • Greg Burn
  • May 25, 2021

We are rather spoiled these days with the so-called dead genre of point & click. This time it's Strangeland, the brainchild of Wadjet Eye Games as a publisher, and Wormwood Studios at the controls, that we welcome with open arms. 
On the other hand, on the game's side, the arms are reluctant to break the barrier gestures. The first steps in the game immediately reminded me of the excellent I have no mouth and I must scream both graphically and for the purgatory atmosphere. So it's a psychological horror game, and this degenerate carnival that welcomes our "hero" won't even spare us the abominable clowns. In the form of a gateway. That we will pass again and again at our death. And who drops a sordid joke on us each time. Great.

So yes, you die in the game, but you are resurrected immediately (as long as you pass the cinematic), which limits the frustration of a few arbitrary deaths, to become a morbid running gag. Everything is done to make the experience both unpleasant (the universe) and pleasant (the gameplay). The puzzles are logical once you understand the rules of the game universe, and if you find yourself struggling, you can use the integrated help system in the form of a phone that can be accessed at almost any time. The game is entirely dubbed in English (with English subtitles) with an acting style that forces one to admire a small indie game. It doesn't sound like much, but the quality of this VO ridicules many AAA productions, and when you know the price of a good dubbing.

The game is completed in a few hours, and even if we would have liked to see more tortured scenery, there is no length or shortcuts.
With a story full of symbols and that deals with heavy themes (suicide, mourning, remorse,...), Strangeland is probably not a game to be approached lightly. But if you have enough sanity, you have an adventure that will scare you just enough.

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