Relevant for platform: PC
Horror games, where cute big-eyed chan run away from monsters, shining with cowards, is a separate popular genre. And there are really worthwhile games in terms of gameplay and history. You can remember Abyss of the sacrifice, which I already talked about. And recently she performed in the same spirit and style Livestream: Escape from Hotel Izanami – First on Switch, and now on PC. There is something to see and something to be afraid of.
Livestream – a fashionable, youthful game. Three girlfriends-streamers gathered here to broadcast from an abandoned hotel, where, according to one of the urban legends, ghosts are found. They wanted to prove that they are strong and independent and are not afraid of anything. Well, to collect more likes and views, of course.
However, almost immediately they do not care about likes. Someone with a machete, covered in blood and with the head of a terrible pig begins to chase the girls. He appears unexpectedly and is very frightening at first.
This pig appears randomly, walks slowly but surely, dragging weapons across the floor with a deadly roar, from which at first both the girls and our blood run cold – he kills right away, but you can only save in selected places, with the old ones phones. Therefore, we have to run away and hide – naturally, in the closet, where our ladies shine with their panties.
However, after a while, the killer begins to annoy rather than frighten. He appears at the most inopportune moment, and the girls run away very slowly. And everything goes according to the same pattern: they heard, saw, hid in the toilet. And the timing, at which he hits, and then takes a heavy breath, letting us escape, quickly learns.
But there are other reasons to get nervous – either a ghost flickers somewhere, then the picture will fall, and we will see bloody prints on the wall, then the stairs will collapse with a crash.
Then one of the girls will suddenly be attacked by … hair:
Found notes, audio and video tapes, designed to shed light on what is happening, only add fuel to the fire – they tell and show, of course, not the most pleasant things. All in all, a typical (but atmospheric) urban story.
Despite all these cowards and other girlish charms that periodically flash just for the sake of fan service (there is no hentai in the game, if anything), in Livestream: Escape from Hotel Izanami everything is serious. In the end, the girls may die – either one, or all at once. There are five endings, and only one of them is more or less good – although there too … However, you yourself will find out.
Quest “Polap … free the girl”
By gameplay Livestream: Escape from Hotel Izanamilike Abyss of the sacrifice, Is a mixture of classic quest, visual novel and boob press simulator. Yes, from time to time girls find themselves in unpleasant situations like the above-described hair attack, and we can see how their breasts jump from the touch of the cursor.
However, there is not much time for this here – the girls desperately need help. You have to act quickly, searching all active points and using items from your inventory on them. Once I was so slow that the girl did not wait for help – the maniac appeared behind her back at the last moment and used the machete as directed.
As I mentioned, we are looking for and applying items. Somewhere it looks logical, but somewhere not very or controversial: so, it is not entirely clear why the tape can only be cut with a piece of glass, and the girl stubbornly refuses to use scissors?
In addition, we search for door keys and select codes for electronic locks. Somewhere they are displayed directly on the wall. And somewhere you have to brainwash, trying to understand how, for example, the numbers of the code are connected with the symbols of the planets on the doors.
There are also a number of situations that are slightly more difficult than finding and using objects. But in general it is clear that as a quest Livestream does not demonstrate anything special – here these exercises are designed to add variety and give us at least a little game, and not just picture and sound. And they cope with this task.
Naturally, in Livestream: Escape from Hotel Izanami the main dish is not riddles, but a plot, suspense, a maniac with a pig face, girls and their underwear. From this point of view, the game was a success – the story hooks, the maniac scares and infuriates, the atmosphere is annoying, the endings are interesting and intriguing in their own way, and the girls are pretty.
Pros: tense and intriguing story; frightening moments; beautiful girls; nice art; high-quality work with sound.
Minuses: quest gameplay could be a little more difficult; the maniac over time begins to annoy more than frighten; not very convenient control; girls walk slowly, and only run on select occasions.