Mar 12, 2015

Review: Tormentum - Dark Sorrow

Script: Hey Nick here reviewing the game Tormentum - Dark Sorrow. It's available on Windows, and Mac on Steam for $11.99.

Let's get started with saying this game can be described as a disturbing, sick, abnormal, and a worrisome looking game. I guess that could be your opinion, but I think Tormentum - Dark Sorrow looks amazing. Every area looks like a classic heavy metal album cover coming to life! I'm a metal fan so this is right up my alley, but what's interesting is that the game's main soundtrack I wouldn't say is metal. It still fit perfectly as an eerie melody that made the life of the game intense.

Alright so you know how much I like the look, but what is the actual game. At its core it's a point and click game with smaller puzzles blended in to keep things interesting. The puzzles were exactly how I like them in a point and click game. Challenging, but not to the point where you feel the guilt to check a guide.

The smaller puzzles I mentioned are pretty straightforward. Like moving some cogs around to connect two ends, or figuring out a jig saw type puzzle. They were a nice change up from going from place to place. There's also times you'll come across patterns mentioned on signs, and other places. This is where the notebook you carry comes in handy. Your character will automatically sketch out the details. Now you can look at this pattern at anytime while looking at a puzzle that requires notes.

I want to mention this, but not going to spend too much time on it for worry of possibly taking some mystery out of the game from you. Tormentum features some choices throughout the game, and let's just say there is more than one ending. I loved the ending I got to this game, and that's all I'm going to say.

You can probably tell that I enjoyed Tormentum - Dark Sorrow a lot, but I have some issues I want to bring up. The main one is that I feel like there isn't enough options in the game. There's a couple like volume control, language selection, and a full screen mode. One option for a monitor resolution would be nice. I would have liked the game to take up more of my monitor. As you can see it there's black around the square of gameplay. I would have liked to have the option to do some sort of zoom in to take up more monitor space.

The other option I would have liked is the ability to control the camera, and make it stay still for the most part. Whenever you move your mouse the screen moves a little. It's not a big complaint, but took me a little time to get used to it. Then the last thing is more of a small annoyance. Everytime you pick up an item it zooms into it. While most of the time this feels right because it goes into more detail, it's not always necessary. When someone would give me an item it'd just be easier to just pick it up off the ground, than have to zoom in to do it. Also once you zoom out you can't zoom back into that area the item was in so I think it's a little unnecessary. These complaints in no way ruined the game. I just want to make this clear. There just things I'd would have liked to see in the game.

Final Say: I'm positive about Tormentum - Dark Sorrow. I gotta recommend it to you if you're a fan of point and click games. I do wish it was longer as it took me three hours to beat it, but there is more than one ending. So the replay value is there if you want it. Still with the artwork, music, puzzles, and story, Tormentum - Dark Sorrow gets my approval.

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