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Mysterious Song in The Middle of Nowhere

Siren Night is an RPG Maker MV game created for 2021's Halloween Event. You will start the game by following our protagonists, Matt and Kou, going to Kou’s house which is in the middle of nowhere for a group project. Long story short, the project takes a while so Matt stays for the night. And then, in the middle of the night, a strange yet beautiful song can be heard.

The intro
Siren Night’s intro is concise enough to explain the reason why the protagonists are there without taking too much time. The intro also contains the protagonists’ backstory which is not directly told to the player, but it is told by the dialogue between Matt and Kou.




You are right Matt, that is a nice tileset.



Gameplay
The first part of Siren Night’s gameplay is focused on puzzle solving. The goal of the puzzle is clear, the player needs to enter the basement. There is not any backtracking in the game since the player only needs to look around the same map searching for clues and key items. The pacing itself is sometimes a little bit weird because the protagonist seems to always know what he needs to do, but it will be explained later in the game.

The second part of Siren Night feels more like a novel, where there is no puzzle but a lot of lore. Well, I was hoping for a flashback for a certain character. Unfortunately, the game only explains the character’s backstory briefly in black screen. Such a waste of potential if you ask me. Well, there is only so much you can do in one month of developing.




I love the lighting in this game, it feels like something could appear behind you anytime.



Ending
In Siren Night, you have a liberty to take some action (or not) in the game which leads to what ending you would get. I have seen both of the endings, and they are quite nice. I can feel the causality between the actions and the endings. But I cannot really see which one is the good ending and which one is the bad ending since… Well, I better not spoil it too much.

The Verdict
That being said, I give this game 3 out of 5. Don’t get me wrong, this game is still an interesting short ride for me. The custom sprites and tileset are nice. The jumpscares really hit the spot and they are not overused. But it could use more polishing, especially for Kou’s father's backstory.

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Thank you so much for playing and reviewing! I hear the criticisms and have to agree entirely. I would have loved to add more backstory for both Kou's dad and mom, as well as fleshed out the endings some more with an ending image to go with each, but had to leave a lot of what I had planned out due to time constraints. I do plan on revisiting this in the future and adding all those things I wanted to include but couldn't before the event ended.

As for the 2 endings, the ambiguity on the "good or bad" aspect of it was kind of intentional. Personally, I consider ending 2 ending 1 to be the "true" ending, but I decided to leave it up to the player to decide which they like better.

Again, thank you for taking the time to leave a review! I'm glad my game was enjoyable! I'm super happy with the three stars and think the rating is very fair and correct. I give this review 5 out of 5 stars! It's concise, informative, and gives me compliments and good criticism. Can't get better than that!

EDIT I mistakenly put ending 2 when I meant ending 1. Silly me forgot which numbers I assigned which endings. I meant the
true friend ending
. sorry bout that!
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