- Release date: 3/9/2016
- Developer: Team Gotham
- Publisher: 505 Games
- Genre: Adventure , Indie
- Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian
- Features: Single-player, Steam Achievements, Full controller support, Steam Trading Cards, Steam Cloud
- Requirements: View details
- OS: Windows XP or Higher (32-bit or higher)
- Processor: Core 2 Duo E6750 (Dual Core) 2.66 GHz or better
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT, ATI Radeon 4800 or Higher
- DirectX: Version 9.0
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The Guest Review: Escape Suite
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The Guest is an escape game featuring the mystery of a hotel room someone has locked your character in. Don’t download The Guest if you’re not up to solving mysteries and riddles, or scared of hermetic places.
The Guest Concept 5/5
The concept of an escape room is quite old, particularly in video games. This time you get a retrospective narrative along with the escape itself. So, your character is in a locked hotel room, and there seems no way out. Why are you here? And who the heck are you? But there are so many details to explore inside that you’ll have to do some deductive detective work.
First, you’ll remember who you are. Then you’ll get a bit in who and how has got you locked in. And then you solve the problem of getting out. The developers tried to avoid bizarre puzzles made for easing the gameplay; the narrative requires quite regular objects and environments.
Though you’re all alone during the game, and you don’t even see yourself (as the game is first-person), there is enough space for a flashback story to unfold. So if you’re into classical detectives with some twist, you’re sure to like it.
Visuals Effects 5/5
There’s rarely such an elaborate, realistic and beautifully drawn escape game as The Guest. The visuals are just great, and the hotel room you’re in seems to have its set of smells, and when you get outside, it starts to chill. What else is worth noting is that everything in the rooms looks natural, and nothing stands out too artificial to draw your attention.
Audio Effects 5/5
The Guest sounds just as great as it looks. It features a dense, juicy soundscape with squeaks and screams, groans and footsteps, and old music around it all, making the XX century atmosphere even more all-around. So put your best headphones on. It would be better to have old-type, over-the-ear ones, to complete the immersion with outer devices.
The game is controllable with a conventional keyboard-and-mouse commands set (WASD, camera movements, dragging objects to combine them, and all the mechanics you already know by a million alternatives). There’s no need to fully integrate a gamepad, because the game is unlikely to be released for consoles.
The game is quick to response to your actions, as it requires little performance. It’s said to run even under Windows XP with 4GB RAM.
Replay Value 2/5
Alas, the puzzle is only solved once. For the price, you get three or four hours of gameplay (or some more if you prefer sipping it instead of swallowing), but you’ll feel no wish to revisit it as you’re through. Maybe you’ll recommend it to your friends, but let them pass it alone. We try to avoid spoilers if you create The Guest review, because getting through it once can feel a bit discouraging, but at least you have it once.
So, The Guest is very good for an indie game, with moderate requirements, excellent graphics, and dense sounds. It can only be played once, but if you download The Guest, you’ll have one very immersive evening. The game can be played by more than one person, feeling like an offline escape room, but for a smaller price and with fewer limitations.
If you like escape rooms, both IRL and on your PC, don’t hesitate and download The Guest, as one of the best indie games of the genre.
Pros : Good graphics and sounds;
Realistic narrative and details;
Traditional controls you don’t have to learn;
Puzzles naturally and logically follow the environment.
Cons : The game can be only played once;
For its playtime The Guest may seem overpriced.
Replay Value 2.0