By Edwin Velez
Reviewed on Playstation Vita
Release Date: October 25th, 2016 For PS Vita and PC
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
Yomawari was developed and published by Nippon Ichi Software and launched in 2015 for the Playstation Vita. This year it made its way to other markets after localization and I am all the more delighted that it did. Yomawari is a fantastic horror game that fills every bit of the Vitas screen with purpose and scares alike. It is truly portable horror at its finest. Taking cues from both the Silent Hill and Resident Evil franchises earlier titles, the game embodies the golden age survival horror games of the ninties, all the while remaining wholly unique. It is a refreshing experience for the genre, one that is scaled perfectly for the mobile platform. There is no combat on your end, so most of the game is spent avoiding the various horrific creatures that you will cross paths with. It adds that extra touch that keeps you on the edge of your seat and puts you in more tense moments than you can count. Be warned though, there is plenty of death to go around. While many of the creatures will simply gravitate towards you, there are many that have unique ways to kill you. This means there are unique ways to avoid them in turn. I was very impatient at the start of my game, and learned quickly that taking my time and evaluating each situation would go a long way. If you get tired of seeing your blood slashed across the screen, take a moment to look at your surroundings and approach your scenario a bit differently. Or else you will die over and over again, which can be frustrating.
Yomawari is a must have on the Vita, as far as horror titles go. Not only is it very well balanced and presented, but it manages to be scary while also being passionate. It is detailed in both brutal and beautiful ways. The open world works well with the ability to fast travel, and after the credits roll you can continue to search for collectables and secrets whenever you want. This is seldom seen in the genre, and I was glad I could play at my own pace but still be able to return to clean up anything I may have missed. For fans of the genre, Yomawari will strike many notes that are perfectly tuned. It is a highly enjoyable survival-horror title that truly respects the genre’s roots while being original in it’s own ways.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8.5/10
+Tailored for the Vita
+Creepy and Disturbing
-Some Bland Dialogue