Once again, I have to be the one to write a preview for a horror game. If you have read any of my previous articles, you know that I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror games. That’s why I usually avoid them. But hey, a visual novel horror game? That’s not often seen in the indie game industry. I have only reviewed one before which you can check out here. But today we are looking at Yuoni: Rises. A Japanese horror visual novel that is going to sit you through nightmares.
About the Game
In Yuoni: Rises you are seated at a desk in a school and you relive the characters’ experiences which allow you to progress through the story. Everything happens in mid-90s in Japan and during those times, the Internet wasn’t widely used nor were cell phones. Only few people were able to have phones. The game follows the experiences of two elementary school children who are troubled by family issues. As you flip through the pages by pressing the buttons and immerse yourself in this realistic VR space, you see the children’s fear and anguish for yourself. It is in the Evening and you are trapped in a classroom. You have to find out who you are playing as and who the sketchbook belongs to. Can you stand through all of that?
The story revolves in a countryside town where a fifth-grader named Shuji lives. He is constantly forced to move houses because of all of the family issues they have. This causes him to learn about the hardships of friendships and how fragile they can be. Because of that he loses trust in people. One day Shuji learns of a school ghost story from Goto, who is the boss of the kids in the area. The story is about the Tsun. Most kids disregard it as absurd and so does Shuji until something happens…
If you want to find out about the Tsun and what happened to Shuji, you can purchase this horror visual novel on Steam. It is available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. The game offers an interesting story and idea. It shows you the fears of two small children through their eyes and how they cope with it. If you want to experience a little bit of Japanese horror, then I definitely recommend this game.