[Beyond PlayStation] Viviette Review
Viviette by DYA Games is now available on Nintendo Switch. Find out more about this horror title in our Viviette review!
The main drive behind this game is that its dark, itâ€™s tiring and itâ€™s hard to beat. Getting everything right and getting the best ending is not the norm but the exception, and is only there for those of you who want to suffer to get it, who want to be challenged by the seemingly impossible puzzles and with having to traverse an enormous mansion while being chased by your possessed sister at every turn you take. But one could argue that too much ends up killing the whole mood and setting.
Itâ€™s always nice to see indies trying their luck in a wide variety of genres, but sometimes their games bite a bit more than they can chew. Sadly, this is the case with Viviette. The concept is good and can captivate many hardcore players looking for a challenge, but the execution seems to fall short of its intended goal. What is meant to be a tough experience to test the playerâ€™s puzzle solving and memory abilities, ends up being frustrating and a tad boring. This could be because after spending what feels like an hour looking for the exact place an item is meant to be used the reaction isnâ€™t the expected â€œoh but of course!â€ but more of an â€œabout damn time that thing worked!â€
Itâ€™s not all bad news, though, as the story and horror elements are there and can still help bring you into the atmosphere the game is meant to have. But the longer you spend in the game (and you will be spending a lot of time trying to solve its puzzles) the more the formula wears itself thin and things get old, all because of how much it gets needlessly pulled by having to traverse the mansion for that one spot where itâ€™s all supposed to clickâ€¦ at least for a bit.
The music and art style are nice and do help to bring the whole horror ambiance to life while being easy on your ears and eyes, respectively, giving us a pixel style horror game that drives far away from the hyper-realism you might have experience from mainstream horror releases in recent years, which is always a nice change of pace. Sure, itâ€™s nothing revolutionary, but it doesnâ€™t need to be as itâ€™s not meant to be the focus of the game.
If you manage to beat it the first time and still have enough patience in you, you should try to get the other available endings, as the game time is cut by a LOT after you know what to do and donâ€™t have to aimlessly wander around the whole mansion. If you plan on getting all endings, I would recommend writing down the answers to puzzles or looking up a guide for subsequent runs as memorization is a key part to the entire gameplay.
If you are a hardcore horror puzzle lover, then, by all means, go ahead and try out Viviette. Anyone else who is not up to the high challenge would probably be best served by another indie horror title that is not as challenging since the frustration it can cause you will probably not be worth your time or money. All considered itâ€™s a horror title that will certainly find its place in the hearts of fans of this sub-genre.
This Viviette review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by DYA Games.