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Yomawari: The Long Night Collection

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

45%

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Based on 11 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchOct 30, 2018

Publisher: NIS America

Genre: Adventure

Traverse the haunting world of Yomawari: Night Alone as a young girl searches for her sister, or share in the terror facing schoolgirls Yui and Haru in Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. Uncover the mysteries plaguing a rural Japanese town, hide from the things lurking in the night, and maybe get home alive… - Experience the spooky stories of Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows in this creepy collection! - In each chapter of the game, you will encounter spiritual creatures inspired by Japanese urban legends who lurk in the shadows - but are they harmless, purely evil, or simply misunderstood? - Avoid evil spirits by tip-toeing or sprinting away, taking cover in a bush, or by using items to distract them. But be careful - some evil spirits may surprise you with their considerable speed.

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Both Night Alone and Midnight Shadows offer a survival horror experience built more on the management of building dread and approaching threats, although both do occasionally indulge in cheap (yet effective) jump scares and uses of gore. However, for all its potency, Yomawari: The Long Night Collection's design too often boils down to a repetitive cycle of evasion and exploration, and with a difficulty that's too high for a game built on obtuse layouts and one-shot kills, it can quickly become an exercise in both fear and frustration.

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With their very well-crafted environment, original enemies, plentiful details all around and incentives to exploration, the two games that are part of this set will most certainly appeal to fans of horror, whose taste is more and more addressed in the growing Nintendo Switch library.

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At first glance you might expect something much more family friendly, but will instantly be welcomed by a sinister set of events. Behind the cuteness of the main protagonists are a pair of creepy games filled with grotesque and downright strange monsters. With the focal point of exploration in lieu of combat, the pace of each game is on the slower side, but it helps to build the feeling of isolation and helplessness as you wander the dark streets aiming to uncover their mysteries.

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If you go into Yomawari with the right spirit (hah, I had to get one pun in there), both of these games are memorable, beautiful, elegant and often chilling.

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