The review Signalis |  Gamer on PC

The review Signalis | Gamer on PC

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What is that?: Psychological sci-fi survival horror inspired by Silent Hill.
Expect to pay $20/£16
Developer pink engine
Editor Humble Games
Revised on Windows 11, Nvidia 2080 Ti, 4.9GHz Intel i9-9900k, 32GB RAM
Multiplayer? Nope
Link Official site (opens in a new tab)

Horror is hard to do right, especially when you don’t rely on reliable, cheap jump-scares. That’s why the original Silent Hill trilogy is considered a classic, while its many sequels and imitators are largely forgotten. Although it’s the first outing from small two-person indie studio Rose-Engine, sci-fi horror adventure Signalis joins this coveted pantheon as one of the genre’s best and a personal favorite of the genre. a busy year.

At a glance, Signalis is familiar and accessible (right down to the PS1-inspired low-fi graphics) to anyone who’s played a classic-style survival horror game. Played from an overhead perspective, there’s a maze of interconnected rooms to explore, plenty of locked doors, a mix of logical and more abstract puzzles, and an assortment of monsters to take down. Inventory space is limited, healing is limited, and the game can only be saved in vaults where you can store unused items in a storage chest.

(Image credit: Humble Games)

Aesthetically, it also looks like a refinement of those PlayStation gems. Backgrounds are crisp, clean pixel art, while characters are smoothly animated 3D models that are still clear and readable despite their relatively small size. The UI is equally clean, despite its diegetic retro-tech aesthetic, and the map screen is particularly good, automatically marking any door you’ve approached as locked, barred, or open. Audio-wise, it channels the best in the business, with very Akira Yamaoka-esque industrial drones accompanying quieter moments, chaotic, panicky noises during combat, and an assortment of nostalgic tones, beeps, and chirps accompanying menu actions. .

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