Overall the game is fun and doesn't take it's self too seriously, but provides a challenge that even older players would find difficult to beat regardless of their years of practice, leaving the to metaphorically kick the cat. This is one game that I won't paws to pick up again and it thoroughly deserves a cushion in front of the fire.
This is up there with some of the best puzzle platform games I have played, you will be taken on a roller coaster of emotions and when you finally crack the level that you have been struggling on the sheer relief and sense of achievement is worth all the swearing and hair pulling it caused you. At no point did I not want to carry on playing, no matter how difficult it got and I would recommend this to fans of the genre and also those who are new to it.
The game is enjoyable and is well presented and the developer Shaun Hitchcock deserves all the credit for making this an immersive and frightening experience. The game controls on console are a little clumsy sometimes, for example when try to turn lights on or off, but this slight annoyance is in most First Person games I play (probably my own failings really, I was never part of the PC master race). It also has a release on Oculus Rift which no sane person could want to play, unless you want to test out the limits of your heart. For the price and it being a one man indie game, Emily wants to Play delivers where many mainstream titles fail. It is genuinely scary and immersive and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Survival Horror games.
Manticore Galaxy on Fire is a fun game and is definitely worth the £17.99 price tag at launch, but the lack of multi-player and the repetitiveness of the missions doesn’t give it that replay appeal that it should have. But nevertheless this is a solid game and for the price is definitely one to pick up for your Switch.
Overall Shawn Hitchcock has once again surpassed many major developers with a game that tests your mind as well as your heart. If he isn’t snapped up by a big studio soon then they are missing a trick, as it is minds like his that are going to take the future of Horror Gaming forward, and not let it suffer like it has for the past few years. As long as Emily Wants to Play then so will I.
The game is a great piece of nostalgia but it always feels slightly inadequate compared to the original, and while it is great for Uridium fans stepping into the 21st Century it is hard to see where it will gain new fans. Where 8 year old me thought Uridium was the greatest game in the world, Hyper Sentinel is a good tribute but doesn't get close.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is an immersive masterpiece with a stellar cast and a brilliant script which deserves to be lauded for all the right reasons. With the replay value and the ridiculous cheap price for how great the game is you would need a good reason to not buy this game. And when you do you will sit back in awe of how good games can be.