Community Reviews for Nightmare Frames by walas74 – Adventure Games
Ever since I played Postmodern Adventures’ Urban Witch Story (a must-have game available for free on itch.io) and heard that their next game was going to be a retail version called “Nightmare Frames”, I’ve been looking forward to it. play it. Now that I’ve finished it, I can write a full review.
In my reviews, I don’t like to write story spoilers, so I’ll start by saying that the main character, Alan, is a horror movie writer in 80s Hollywood. Yeah, it’s out of Hollywood control. We’re going to realize right away that Alan is a self-centered asshole who desperately wants to win an Oscar and be famous, and after being nominated for a “serious” movie, he’s now frustrated because now he only writes scripts for slasher movies. We won’t like Alan from the start and that’s okay, it’s clear that’s what the game developer wants. He’s a very well written character, who we won’t sympathize with at first, but hey, I don’t think we sympathize with Rufus of Deponia or Simon the Sorcerer.
There comes a time when Alan will have to seek out the latest film from Edward Keller, a director who has only made one blockbuster horror film. And it looks like this lost movie was going to be the scariest movie ever. And that’s all I have to tell you not to spoil the game.
There are plenty of adventure games out there that play the nostalgia card and their sales pitch is like “inspired by the classics of Lucas Arts and Sierra”. So it’s nice that someone is looking for a different path, with an adult adventure game that’s amazingly written, has believable characters, and you can’t stop playing to find out what happens next.
The world of Hollywood is brilliantly depicted, the game aptly criticizes the flaws of this world, there are many cinephile references and one can notice the developer’s love and attention to cinema in general and to movies. horror in particular. We’ll see some kind of mocking reference to Scientology, we’ll have the chance to play an arcade with some quizzes, and during our adventure we’ll have the pleasure of listening to Debussy’s Claire de Lune.
Alan is the main character, but there is a kind of omniscient narrator who will tell us the stories of the characters we meet on our way, and with whom Alan will sometimes interact, providing very funny moments. The descriptions of everything are written way above the adventure game average, the dialogues are great and you can feel that the game takes you seriously.
As for the puzzles, there aren’t too many and not too difficult, but that’s the point: don’t interrupt the flow of the plot. The puzzles there are logical, there’s no pixel hunting, I don’t think you’ll be stuck for long, and you won’t have to use a walkthrough to continue.
And when the horror kicks in… well, you better enjoy it for yourself with the lights off and with headphones on, because the sound effects are spectacular.
In a year where we have the return of Syberia and Monkey Island, I dare say that Nightmare Frames will be a tough contender for best adventure game of the year.
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Time played: 5-10 hours