Re:Turn: One Way Trip – Review

Our Rating: 7/10

The barriers between the past and the present begin to dissolve as Re:Turn: One Way Trip delves into a complex mystery. Locating missing friends and unlocking the train’s deadly secrets.

Escape the otherworldly horrors and unrelenting terrors as players use their wits to tackle tricky puzzles. Piecing together clues to survive. All while keeping the nerve with an original soundtrack that creates tension.

Game Overview

Re:Turn One Way Trip tells the terrifying story of five college friends on a postgraduate vacation. Protagonist Saki wakes up in the middle of the night to find that her friends have disappeared from their campsite. She is soon lured into an abandoned train quietly. As if she’s waiting for her final passenger to board.

Gameplay

You take the role of Saki. From here the game is developed in 2D scrolling and shows you some super basic mechanics. You only need to take objects, check your inventory and use them as needed. All the notes that you find will be stored in your annotations block. The theme of the game does not require you to understand more than you need.

The game experience is simple, but at times gives an eerie feeling. The suspense is something that is on the surface. After Saki finds the elements to rekindle the fire, the group will enter a fight. This ends up dividing the group and leading to a sinister event.

Riddles

The game is divided into pure suspense and riddles that you must solve in order to go to the next level. Each level is represented by chapters and they have a number of puzzles that are challenging enough. Some will require you to pay more attention than others but a large part of the resolution is in trying until you understand what to do, something very similar to what happened with the old point & click adventure games.

The Good, the Bad, and the Overall Experience

The game includes a space/time-sharing feature. Similar to what we know from classic games like Silent Hill, where it is not the same to be in a place during the day than at night. Here, you will change the period and have to interact with a large number of NPCs to understand their history, situation and even alter what happens so that you can advance your timeline.

This gives the game an extra flavor. However, the person who does not want to be attentive to the dialogues may feel a bit overwhelmed. Especially if your thing is not to be patient and read it may not be the best option.

Music and Visuals

The most incredible thing about the game is the music. It has a quality rarely seen and the first touch surprises in its introduction. Making you want to look at the titles just because of their soundtrack.

The same happens with the ambient sounds that can be appreciated with a headset, it’s highly recommended. Although one thing is lacking. A work with voices to give more drama to the dialogues would have been greatly appreciated.

When it comes to visual aesthetics, the game looks very good during the animations and showing each of the characters. In its pixel art gameplay, you will find that any element you are looking for in the game will be detailed and highlighted so that you do not lose part of the riddles. This is how a combination of dialogues/texts/images can give you the key to find some of the elaborate puzzles.

Conclusion

It is advisable? For the music and the artistic design, yes. Additionally, if you like adventures of mystery and suspense with point and click touches, you should not miss out on this game. 

Re:Turn One Way Trip should be available on Steam this October 14 although the date has undergone changes throughout this year. There is a demo already available if you want to get a personal feel for the game.

It is an adventure according to what it offers and promises. It does not try to invent anything new and focuses all its attention on the player so that they can have a good gaming experience.

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