Mar 28, 2016
If one is gonna play White Day, it might help if one is prepped.
It’s a wild ride.
Right from the opening sequence, it’s easy to catch a sense of foreboding that is hard to shake off. It’s in the wind, the flutter of the grass, every simulated character movement… the whole game.
The graphics are on display early on, and the looks on this joint do not disappoint. A lot of attention is paid to the small details, which makes sense when one considers how dependent the game is on fine visual cues. The perspective employed is topnotch, and binds reasonably well with the in-depth playing environment. Tack on the musical score, and one gets a pretty encompassing media experience.
The game comes in four — count them… FOUR — difficulty modes, from Very Easy to Easy through Normal and the good old Hard and also incorporates animated cutscenes (much like the intro) to move the gameplay along. A hands-on tutorial that guides one through understanding movement and perspective is well positioned; one gets two control set options to pick from, and it really doesn’t take long to get into and to navigate around the game.
The player takes on the persona of a school aged kid who explores a massive, unfriendly school building that has a lot of secrets. The idea is to pick up clues and tools that can help one to solve procedural puzzles so as to get to the bottom of things. One can interact with objects and other characters, and making choices and knowing when to avoid contact is a big part of success.
The game adds in achievements that are tied into Google Play Games.
White Day feels like a guilty pleasure, in that it brings an ominous feel to furtive stretches of play time. It packs in a lot of enjoyable elements — suspense, action, hints of Choose Your Own Adventure, etc — and ties them all up with a bow in the form of a cohesive storyline and mostly logical sequences. The in-game dialogue gets a bit busy in parts, and the interactions do feel a tad forced now and then, but the game comes together quite well.
Even if it might be tough to sleep afterwards.
Just a bit.