Reminiscence in the Night Reviews
Reminiscence in the Night doesn't offer much to keep you occupied, albeit at a modest $4.99 price. Choices that lead to different endings hold some appeal, but certain aspects of the script seriously lack. There's also little balance between being cryptic and offering clarity. This release leaves you with questions but feels more rudimentary than sophisticated.
The type of games that I have always found to be hit-and-miss is those that are described as point-and-click stories, also known as visual novels. However, when I saw my favourite developer Ratalaika Games, had been involved in creating Reminiscence in the Night, and it had been released on the Switch, I thought I would get off my high horse, broaden my outlook, and give this game a fresh overview. Check out how I got on during my playthrough and how this game compares on the switch to the other platforms Rapid Reviews has reviewed it on.
Blending together elements of a reasonably-good visual novel that ultimately concerns memory and the consequences of our action (even if unintended), and almost a point-and-click adventure, Reminiscence is at least unique every time you undertake one of its surprisingly brief "runs"...
Memories are such important aspects of our lives, both the good and bad. From cherished times with loved ones, hardships, to periods where we persevered and succeeded. These all help to mould and define us as individuals, as well as shape our actions going forward. To lose all of that is a distressing thought. Reminiscence in the Night confronts this very topic.
Reminiscence in the Night is the type of game that has different effects on each individual, depending on how much we are willing to emotionally invest in this introspective journey. The recommendation is for those who like to take time to themselves and lose themselves in thoughts and daydreams. If seen as an experimental project based on introspection and reflection, Reminiscence in the Night fulfills its role; as a game, it can be disappointing.
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You may have gathered by now if you have made it this far in the review that Reminiscence in the Night isn’t going to get a high score from me. Unfortunately, as I’ve explained, with the game so short I really did not gel with the main character at all. If I had spent £5\$5 for the game in the eShop and it finished so soon I’d be unhappy about that. It’s certainly not value for money at all. This leaves me only one thing to say…