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Game review: Return of the Obra Dinn

A great take on the “murder mystery” concept taking action on a ghost ship.

The whole game boils down to deducing two things:

  • The identity of each character.
  • The way they died.

It’s done by analyzing the ship documents and witnessing the last moments of each crew member. I find it refreshing that I, the player, am the one conducting the investigation. The game won’t connect the discovered dots for me.

The whole thing is one of the most atmospheric gaming experiences I’ve had. The ship documents look old and authentic. The graphic style is unique and distinctive, personally I liked it, some probably won’t. Despite the simplistic graphics, the environment is very detailed. The music and sound design are fitting and add to the experience.

The story isn’t particularly interesting, it only serves as a background for the investigation. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Highly recommended for puzzle game enthusiasts.