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Still has a long way to go

  • El_WaKa
  • 01/26/2019 02:59 PM
- Review based on the v0.1 Demo version -

Black Dog is a little mix of cute and horror game. Right now it's a beta version and it's around 30 mins or less depending on your playstyle, so I can’t really criticize it too much. Nonetheless, it's a bit rough around the edges. Let’s go over the good points before talking about them.

First of all, I can’t comment too much on the graphics, as I’m not a fan of the style, but I can at least appreciate the work put into them, because I love when devs try making their own unique graphics no matter their limitations. The character graphics can look a little wonky at times, but they look good for the most part. The menus and maps also look pretty nice. My only issue with the maps is at the start of the game, where you have to go to a hidden passage to continue the plot. This may not be too obvious to some players, but other than that, the maps did their job.

Now, the bad points. I don’t want to sound too harsh, but I think the two biggest issues right now, is that it is too short. There isn’t enough content to make more sense of the plot of what is going on exactly. And speaking of the plot, it feels like things happen just to advance the story, even if they don’t make too much sense. For example, in one part, your character will be in a nightmare, and after advancing a few screens you’ll find a sign covered in blood. Now, why is this sign covered in blood? What does it represent? Why your character acts like it’s nothing unusual? It's almost like she’s saying “Oh hey, is blood” and nothing else. On another point your character is reading a fairy tale, and she immediately assumes it must be talking about her and her sister, like... yeah, we as the players know this, but for someone that suddenly is happening all these bizarre things? I don’t know, but to me, it feels forced and kinda ruins the immersion.

I won’t talk about the story because the game is short enough and spoiling it would make playing the game pretty pointless. I can’t say I recommend this game though, but I would love seeing how the game evolves as the developer keeps working on it, who knows? Maybe it’ll impress me someday, but for now, I can’t give it a score. If I had to do it, I would give it one star, maybe one star and a half. I would still like to see it being finished one day, but right now? It's kinda meh.