Review: The Innsmouth Case (Steam)

The Innsmouth Case is a text adventure game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and the very first text-based adventure to combine horror and comedy in a fit and proper way.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 822mb Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics-quality preset and resolution.
  • Text speed slider.
  • Choose your own adventure gameplay.
  • Triggers a nostalgia of the old choose your own adventure books.
  • Use just the mouse for controls.
  • Multiple choice interactions.
  • Replay value is high due to the many sprawling choices and reactions.
  • Lovecraft themed storyline.
  • Simply one-click controls.
  • Can change the volume and text speed from the pause menu.
  • The play area as it were is a book with a candle, dice, and postcard on the side.
  • Play how you want.
  • A very chilled, laid back experience.
  • Very strong engaging story.
  • Some cool camera work and animations.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Every playthrough has the potential to be completely new.

Cons:

  • No voice work.
  • Music begins to all sound the same.
  • It’s a game that would be better suited to a mobile device rather than the big screen.
  • Never sure when it’s saved or when it last saved.
  • Reload checkpoints and tailor your choices.
  • Only graphics options are quality preset and resolution.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Who doesn’t love a good Lovecraftian story full of humor, horror, and intrigue? This is a game that plays out like a choose your own adventure book, yep just like the ones you would have read as a young child, except here it’s all on your screen and displayed as a book. It’s a game that I personally would prefer on a smaller screen but for what it is it is still very very good. The story is one that will be really good on your first playthrough then subsequent playthrough will almost be like another story again, they have done amazing work on making the game repayable in the first instance but also add so much extra story that it feels new every time. The game is short but memorable, it would benefit from not being on the big screen but if you love the choose your own adventure books, you will love this. You came for the genre but you stayed for the story.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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