Publisher: Giiku Games
Genres: Adventure, Puzzle
At the end of the day, however, none of these are hugely important in the grand scheme of things. Hermitage is a largely text-based game; if your game’s dialogue is tedious to read, then players are going to have a hard time not only understanding what is going on, but also enjoying the story that’s unfolding. Formatting is also another key part of this, as cutting off sentences makes it more likely that important information may slip past the reader.
Hermitage: Strange Case Files does many things right, with well-written characters, interesting cases, and incorporating gameplay that affects the story's outcome. If you are looking for a very good visual novel and enjoy creepy mysteries with a twist of supernatural to solve, Hermitage: Strange Case Files is a solid choice.
Hermitage: Strange Case Files really leans into the novel part of the detective visual novel. It looks very stylish and creates a moody atmosphere but most of the time is spent reading conversations with very little interaction, so if that is not your thing this is likely not the game for you. There is just not enough actual gameplay available within this title so it is fair to say that it will be a must-play for diehard fans of the genre only. After playing through, I’ve decided I am not one of them.
Hermitage: Strange Case Files offers an interesting supernatural mystery experience. Unfortunately, the narrative has a bad rhythm and translation issues make it harder to understand. Despite that, if the player can ignore those issues, this is a really curious story to enjoy here.
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