Re:Flip – One Approach Journey opens along with your typical horror film setup. 5 faculty pals are on a post-graduation tenting journey, having fun with the time they’ve left earlier than heading out into maturity.
We study that two of them—Sen and Saki—are engaged. So, when Saki finds a love haiku whereas looking for firewood after their campfire out of the blue goes out, she assumes it’s from her fiance.
It’s not. An argument ensues. One of many characters runs off into the darkened woods alone. The others determine he’ll probably come again when he’s prepared, in order that they fall asleep. Saki quickly awakens to search out herself alone on the camp. She heads out to seek for her pals and stumbles upon a dilapidated passenger prepare.
In the course of the woods.
With this typical horror film setup, she makes a typical horror film determination and explores the prepare in hopes of discovering her pals. All through most of this sport, then, you’ll be controlling Saki as she strikes via the quite a few prepare automobiles gathering clues and stock objects. Though it actually has its horror parts, Re:Flip – One Approach Journey is a puzzle/journey sport.
The story is break up throughout two timelines. As Saki searches for her pals within the current, she’s typically thrown into the previous as a ghost the place she experiences the doomed prepare’s last journey. A lot of the passengers can’t see her or detect her presence, though she is ready to manipulate numerous bodily objects. Saki turns into caught up in her tales, believing that serving to these individuals previously will reveal what’s occurring within the current.
Serving to the characters in each timelines requires a variety of back-and-forth and lightweight puzzle-solving. Some are easy, one-off affairs, similar to guiding a ball via a maze or taking part in the proper piano melody. Others contain the anticipated journey sport chain of occasions. Moving into sure rooms, for instance, would require you to search out an object to offer to somebody to get a chunk of one thing to repair a tool to pop open a drawer. This is a matter when back-and-forth exploration turns into the norm.
The puzzles are by no means terribly troublesome to suss out, and even those that do stump you might be rapidly dealt with with trial and error (you hardly ever have greater than half a dozen stock objects at a time).
Accessing and utilizing objects is adeptly dealt with, and also you’ll be joyful about this due to all of the strolling round to search out what you want and to get to the place you want it. In a single late puzzle, I wanted a selected merchandise to advance previous some type of monster. It took the primary two objects I attempted, eradicating them completely from my stock. I had an thought of what to make use of subsequent, however the sport wouldn’t give it to me. I took what it did give me, and the monster stole that, too. Solely then might I am going again and get what I needed, which truly labored. Nevertheless, I did get a sport achievement for exhausting all my potential actions, so good for me, I assume?
The principle draw of Re:Flip – One Approach Journey, then, is the story. With considerably mundane and easy gameplay, the story has to hold you thru. It does a fairly good job, offering tales of forbidden relationships, fragile household dynamics, unrequited love, and so forth. Saki does her finest to unravel the issues of the previous whereas discovering she by no means had a stable grasp of her personal relationships, and this continues to propel her ahead all through each timelines. Can serving to these “ghosts” forestall her and her pals from changing into the identical?
Not if the demons have something to do with it, and there are a couple of. Particularly within the again half of the sport, numerous enemies pop up and provides our hero(s) chase. Getting away from them merely includes operating away, and one particularly was surprisingly troublesome to drag off. I couldn’t begin operating rapidly sufficient after the prompts ended, and died a half a dozen instances. It was solely after I switched from the L-stick to the D-pad that I used to be in a position to begin operating in time. Hold that in thoughts in case you meet the identical destiny.
It’s additionally too unhealthy that the sport isn’t scarier. Re:Flip – One Approach Journey tells you to play it at the hours of darkness with headphones on, largely as a result of it depends on audio and soar scares. Nevertheless, the controller vibration normally tipped off when a scare was about to return, in order that they have been largely ineffective. And though the sport makes creepy use of sunshine and darkness, the pixel graphics are extra charming than scary. Until you actually can’t deal with banging doorways and screaming ghosts, you received’t discover the proceedings all that scary. You’ll positively wish to take the sport’s recommendation and play it in handheld mode with headphones on at the hours of darkness if you wish to optimize its eerie impact.
Nonetheless, I loved my time with Re:Flip – One Approach Journey. You’ll be able to full it underneath 5 hours, so it by no means wears out its welcome. The story additionally goes in a few instructions you probably received’t count on, and the relationships between the characters are dealt with with extra sympathy and intelligence than you usually get in horror tales. I remained vested in Saki and the prepare’s passengers all through. And though slightly extra of a denouement would’ve been appreciated, the ending is dealt with with the identical care as the remainder of the sport.
We are able to’t return from all of the journeys we soak up life, but when we’re fortunate, we’ll study what we have to earlier than we arrive.