Don’t let my title mislead you, this game is not an erotic horror or anything. As far as I’ve gotten in the game, the main character it features is a scantily-clad anime character and the title’s namesake: Natsumi. I was unable to get very far in this game, so my perception may be a little skewed. I also got over anime and hentai girls in high school… neither are really my bag. I have a hard time identifying with this type of animation since I grew up with a totally different form of cartoon. Anime is an acquired taste, which I never gave time enough to acquire.
All that aside, this is a pretty spooky game. Don’t play this shit in the dark, either, or you will shit the bed. Literally. I was playing the game in a well-lit room, granted it was well after sunset, but the room was well-lit. It still gave me a start every time I failed in the first sequence. This is as far as I got, too. This game is difficult, sure, but to me it felt unfair. See, in the game it is dark and your little hentai girl has a head lamp. For unexplained reasons (it’s horror.. enigma = uncertainty and uncertainty leads to fear) you character has to walk around in the dark finding notes. Every note you find looks like a pair of eyes with blood dribbling down the cheeks.
Now, the ambiance is great. It’s dark, it’s raining, they employed the standardized film grain… my biggest issue is with the controls and the lack of explanation. You have to find these notes, sure, but the camera seems to want to stay in a location so that you can only see just in front of you, forcing poor Natsumi to get close enough to dry-hump whatever she is looking. Finding the notes is frustrating enough, but finding them in time is even more irritating. At the start the game says “find the 5 notes to survive,” but what they don’t tell you is that there is some spooky eye-less stalker out looking for you; the worst part is the intermittent nature of this guy’s appearance. I’ve played this numerous times, each time this guy found me before I found all the notes. I know exactly where 4 of them are, but getting between them is aggravatingly impossible. This guy doesn’t show up at the same time every time, either. Some times he takes longer, sometimes he jumps on you out of the gate, but he always shows up. I was getting tired of jump scares, so I had to put it down.
I am sure this game has a lot to offer, but I was really unable to get past the very beginning. There are also three buttons in this game for camera controls: one that puts you in the standard short-sighted view, one that drifts in front of Natsumi thematically and another that seems to also look at Natsumi from behind.. but these closer modes are just for experiencing the fear. At least that is what I could tell. Henry Sorren hasn’t let me down yet, but this title mostly confused the fuck out of me. Somebody please play it and explain it to me… You can get this game off of the app store for only 0.99$, just like all the other Pulp Horror Games. Here is their tumblr. They also have a facebook. They have a lot of great games, but I just didn’t get into this one. It scared the poop out of me, but I couldn’t really get into it.