Now, when it comes to whether the game is scary or not, that’s probably best left up to you. At no point was I frightened, but there as an absolute underlying sense of dread throughout the story. Most of that, for me, comes from my appreciation of Tom’s character. I genuinely started to like the guy as I uncovered more of his past and the reasons why he’s gone off to this remote location to disappear. Tom’s night terrors play a role in the spookiness of it all, as he’s chased down by dark shadowy figures. There’s an anxiety to get away that was reminiscent of that yeti/abominable snowman/mother in law that chased me down the slopes in SkiFree. Not sure what I am referencing? Watch this at 40 seconds in.
The writing in the game is good, and I’m sure that has a lot to do with why I enjoyed Tom’s character, but something has to be said about Buck. There are sprinkles of Buck’s charming personality throughout the game, but in one scenario I ran through I was able to play as Buck, and I genuinely laughed out loud at how much of an ass he could be.
Luckily, my gears were always oiled back up by the aesthetics of Uncanny Valley. As much as the pixelated words annoyed me, I did enjoy Uncanny’s character models and the way the art design helped add to the creepy vibe of the game. Topping Uncanny off, and probably one of my favorite aspects of the entire game is its sound design. The melancholy melodies that the game serenades you with really establish the game’s tone, and pulls you into Tom’s uneasy new world.
Uncanny is a short game. My first play-through was only 20-30 minutes before I fell into one of the bad endings of the game. That time isn’t indicative of the actual length, though. On my other runs, I spent between an hour to two hours digging around and trying not to die. That said, Uncanny manages to fit a ton of stuff into those time frames, and it’s definitely worth the multiple play-throughs. For the games price, you just can’t beat the experience.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8/10
+Tom and Buck’s relationship
+Quality sound design/aesthetics
+Multiple choices and endings
-Pixelated text makes it
difficult to read on occasion