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Tormented Souls

Publisher: PQube

  • Price: $19.99
  • Release Date: Apr 14, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Last on Sale: Feb 26, 2024 [$8.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $8.99
  • ESRB Rating: M [Mature]
  • In general I’ll admit that I’ve been a bit frustrated by games from the indie space on Switch who describe themselves as having horror elements. More often than not leaning into a creepy atmosphere and perhaps some jump scares to prop up what’s otherwise a lackluster experience, it’s actually made me a bit cynical when new ones show up. I’m happy to say that Tormented Souls has broken that streak, delivering a pretty wild ride full of “WTF is that?” horrors and nasty surprises that bring back memories of the OG Resident Evil games. Now, I will say that going with that style can be both a blessing and a curse, as the game’s use of fixed camera angles leads to old frustrations at times that I don’t miss, but I’ll admit that method also leads to more cinematic moments in places that do help heighten the tension like when being pursued by some unholy abomination that you can see hot on your heels. I’m at least truly thankful that the dreaded tank controls have been avoided, lending at least one very bright spot for me as I always found that style to be maddening. Though your modern expectations will need to make some concessions since the game’s style is decidedly old-school, Tormented Souls is a refreshing survival horror title that finally feels like it delivers what it has promised and serves as a reminder of why some of the classics it honors made such a splash back in the day.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.5]

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