As someone who is a big fan of all things Wales Interactive, I was delighted to hear about their newest game, Night Book. This developer is known for making some fantastic interactive games like The Complex & Late Shift. Upon hearing about their newest title, I immediately knew that this was next up on my list.
Night Book Story
Night Book is an interactive thriller that follows online interpreter Loralyn through her personal computer. Not only does Loralyn have to balance her life as an online interpreter, but she is also far along in her pregnancy which can play an important role in the game. Additionally, she takes care of her what seems at first, her mentally ill father Alecis. While performing her job, Loralyn is tricked into reading an ancient book that summons a demon into her home that has devastating consequences.
If you only play 1 playthrough of Night Book, it will take you approximately one hour to complete it. However, like most interactive games, one play-through is not nearly enough to understand and reveal the entire story. In total, Night Book has 233 scenes and a total of 15 endings. While each choice you make is important as your relationships with other characters will change, some are more important than others as they will have big butterfly effects on Loralyn’s future.
The audio in Night Book is fantastic. Each heart-pounding moment is accompanied by some hair-raising music. To further intensify moments, when characters are possessed with the demon their voices change to a petrifying yet oddly satisfying tone. So much so, that if you do not do well in scary movies, the audio in the game may very well force you to play in with the lights on.
Alecis, Loralyn’s dad, really stood out to me. His acting while being himself was great however, his (Spoiler Alert) possession was fantastic. His walk, talk, and overall feel while possessed were extremely convincing and really added to the ambiance of each of his scenes. The character of Loralyn held her own as well. And just like Alecis, I really enjoyed her (Spoiler Alert) moments of possession. Although there were moments I didn’t feel convinced that she was truly fearful. The entire cast overall did a really good job of portraying their characters. No one seemed out of place and every scene felt like genuine conversations.
In all Night Book is one of my favorites interactive games to date. With a great story to tell & some really good acting players will find themselves satisfied with their $12.99 purchase. Wales Interactive newest thriller deserves a fantastic 9.3 out of 10 here at Lv1.
This review was made possible thanks to the publisher providing a review copy.
Reviewed On Xbox Series X
Night Book releases July 27th, 2021.
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