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Content Rating: Everyone10+
SELF is a Kafkaesque suspense text-based adventure game with simulation and puzzle mechanics. My father vanishes, but only I know it. Nobody else notices that, including my mother, even after I mentioned my father to them directly. I have to embark on a journey to find him back, all alone.
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The game had me hooked in that way, but unfortunately, it squandered that enthusiasm away through some questionable storytelling devices and lackluster mini game sections. As purely a story experience, this is one I can recommend, if you can get through the broken-up design choice, but for those looking for anything else outside of a sorrowful and sinister puzzler, this is probably one you can leave behind.
SELF perfectly utilises the text-based RPG format to create a thrilling narrative in a confusing world, matched by a sinister aesthetic. I would recommend to players that value story over gameplay, however, as the bullet-dodging mini-games don’t offer any real challenge.
I noticed that the localization was done by a company called Yeehe, which is a general localization service for video games. For such a text-heavy game, I think a dedicated literary translator would have been necessary to ensure that surreal and metaphorical elements and nuances (if they exist in the original prose) would not be undone by a thoughtless translation.