Amnesia is the most common starting point for narratives in many games, and it’s no different here with protagonist John Evans who is put in a trance and wakes up in white environments to discover something about his lost past. By following the disembodied voice of a doctor, one tries to make sense of disconnected parts of the past and present. With the environments constantly changing and some memories being real or fake, it makes for a rather surreal experience.
While one interacts with objects in each setting or scene, there aren’t any complicated puzzles or sequences of failure. The focus is clearly on a human drama about the reason why the mind tries to lock away darker secrets of the past. So anyone expecting cheap jump scares and gore as in psychological horror game Layers of Fear (see my review) should look elsewhere, as the chills and thrills come in more nuanced, art film-like form. This doesn’t mean the end result is any less disturbing or sad, probably making it a title not suitable for everyone.
The game is out now on PC with a 10% launch discount that lasts until April 28, 2020, at 2 PM UTC.