The Final Station
Top Critic Average
The Final Station is a 2D side-scrolling zombie survival game with enough challenging combat to offset its predictable pace.
Overall, The Final Station is a contemplative slice of sci-fi horror. It might not be utterly original - spot the shades of Snowpiercer, Evangelion, and That Insidious Beast if you get the chance - and it can be ever so slight, but it rattles along at steady pace, taking you on a reflective journey, all the way to a gut-punching end.
Two years after the PC relase, The Final Station arrives to Nintendo Switch retaining the good and bad ideas. A pixelated 2D adventure that mixes little exploration/action areas in an apocalyptic world with some micromanagement on a train. But, soon, the mechanics get repetitive, with an irregular storyline plagued with errors in its translation.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
The Final Station has a great deal of promise, but repetitive gameplay elements can be tiring.
The Final Station is a simple game, which is always just compelling enough for its duration. I’ve come to think of it as an efficient, low budget horror movie: it has a high concept it can’t afford to show directly and so it wrings as much as it can from the mystery and the satisfaction of piecing the plot together from snippets. It’s only a shame that its action suffers more from never having a particularly interesting concept of its own.
While it may look simple and even a bit silly on the surface, The Final Station is quite the captivating game. The story and survival aspects have been blended wonderfully, and it leaves you with plenty to mull over long after the credits roll.
The Final Station is an enjoyable romp for a one time through experience. It’s tense at times and has a unique idea for a gameplay loop, yet I do feel they could do more with it. If this is a foundation for perhaps a more elaborate sequel with more features and ideas, sign me up. As it stands, it’s still a fun take on the survival horror mold that worth checking out. It can start to wear out its welcome, but it doesn’t overstay.
The Final Station is yet another example of an Indie title with great ideas but not the best execution. The world is well crafted and its simplicity can allow anyone to get into it. But it's more important features like maintaining your train feel shallow and are a definite missed opportunity.
If you love an interesting story with some creepy sci-fi elements, then I highly recommend The Final Station.
The game is straightforward and fun except for the frustrating lack of instructions on how things work.