The Strange Hotel – 5 Minute Indies

The Strange Hotel – 5 Minute Indies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Developer: EminSpace
  • Publisher: EminSpace
  • Platform(s): PC (Steam)
  • Release Date: June 30, 2021
  • Price: $6.99 (USD) (Demo Available)
  • Recommended? Yes, If you prefer harder puzzle games with very little storyline.
  • Review Key: Yes, but does not influence my opinions. 

 

In another Indie Game Collective fueled game review, this week we cover “A Strange Hotel”. A pixel-art puzzle game with a neat (albeit short) story and mechanics I’ve personally never seen before. 

     You know, personally, I love to give every single genre of games a try. A Strange Hotel isn’t any different, as I normally stray away from simple puzzle games but something about it caught my eye. 

     While the game provides a well thought out tutorial that doesn’t seem like you’re playing a game-before-a-game type of thing, It provides the perfect control scheme for a game of its style, but unfortunately it sort of stops there. The further you get into the game, the more complicated the puzzles get. Makes sense, right? However, I would have personally liked to see more of a continued tutorial the further you go in because quite frankly, it gets confusing. I will be the first to admit that I’m not the greatest at puzzle games sometimes, so your mileage may vary here. Other than a tutorial on newly introduced mechanics, another thing I feel the game needs more of is a story. There’s really not too much to it, and it feels like it was pushed into the game last minute. The game’s only ~50 levels, so I feel like it wouldn’t be too hard to write something to span every 5 or so levels. 

     The question I ask myself though is, why would the developer focus on a harder difficulty of solving without giving options to players who prefer easier puzzle games?While I do emphasize with the developer (sometimes things are missed when 1-2 people are developing an entire game ya know?) I do feel like accessibility options like difficulty are far too common-place to miss something of the sort. Maybe we’ll get something like this in a future update. 

     As with every review I do (here, YouTube or Twitch) I do my best to look at the game from my views as well as outside of my personal interests. Despite my personal hardships with the game, I would completely recommend A Strange Hotel to anyone that personally prefers harder puzzle games. Its very well designed and VERY well built, It just needs to be fleshed out a little bit more and I hope to update this review when it does. 

     

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