Titles that lean more into intricate story-telling than mechanical gameplay have definitely become more common in the current era than they were previously but are also, no doubt, more of an acquired taste. Theatre of Sorrows certainly falls into this category, establishing its suspenseful horror essence from its well-written prose that’s complemented by static images rather than through fully interactive play. The thing is, having played quite a number of lackluster walking simulator-esque contemporaries of the game, I’ll at least say that the very descriptive text here is at least generally more effective than periodic jump scares as you walk through sterile environments. That said, the very random nature of how you’ll need to explore and hope for the best to avoid danger (and death) while collecting the elements crucial to your progress can also be aggravating. You’ll need to hope that a mix of your intuition and the favor of the RNG gods are enough to help you skate by at times, and you can be left feeling at the mercy of the whims of the game at times rather than being in control of your own fate. Still, if you enjoy creeping horror and can take some frustrating setbacks at times it has a distinct appeal within the eShop.
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