Don’t we all like a good mystery game. Taking the role of an investigator, following a series of clues and trying to unravel secrets just feels so good. If you agree with that statement then you might be interested in Blackout: The Darkest Night. Though you don’t take the role of an investigator, but instead that of a man who finds himself in an unfamiliar place and can’t recall how he got there and other recent events. The game isn’t out yet, though there is a demo available, so this won’t be a full review, instead more of a look at what we can expect.
Blackout is a choose your own adventure game visual novel which features a dark setting and themes. It takes influence from World of Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft and weird shows like Twin Peaks.
The setting is quite interesting. You find yourself on a dark street in the middle of the night. You don’t remember how you got there, in fact, you don’t seem to remember much about what you’ve done recently. It doesn’t take long though for you to start getting flashbacks that slowly fill the gaps in your memory. Eventually it becomes clear that something terrible has happened, and you were a part of it. A new world is opened up to your eyes, one that has been hiding beneath the shadows.
The gameplay of Blackout: The Darkest Night consists of being presented with a scenario and choosing how to react to it. For instance, one of the earliest choices you get while on the street is to either explore the alley next to you, call a cab or wait for the buss, all of which will lead to a different path. The whole game will be split across chapters, all of which will take place in different locations and the order in which the chapters take place will change based on your decisions.
You also have three attributes to keep track of: Courage, Sanity and Fitness. They will change depending on your choices as the game progresses. Some items you may acquire might be locked or unlocked depending on your attributes.
I find Blackout: The Darkest Night quite appealing, even though I’ve only had a chance to try out the demo. It instantly starts with a mystery that pulls you in. I’m very interested in seeing the story through the end. If the game has caught your attention then make sure to check out its official Steam store page here and try out the demo from the Itch.io page here.