[Beyond PlayStation] The Park Review
The Park from Funcom is a psychological horror game on Nintendo Switch set in an amusement park. Learn more in our The Park review!
The Park has you playing as Lorraine, who is forced to visit the Atlantic Island Park in search of her son, Callum, who has gone missing. As you visit rides such as the Ferris Wheel, or the Bumper Cars, you will start to learn more and more about what is really going on in this location, which many believe is cursed. Too many freak accidents and killings have taken place for all of it to be a coincidence. Why did Callum run into the park? Because he wanted to look for his missing teddy bear!
You will be doing a lot of walking in this one, and Lorraine can walk with the left analog stick as you move the camera around with the right one. Pressing down on the left analog stick will allow Lorraine to run. If you want to interact with something, you can do so with the A button. When you find something you can read like, say, a plaque outside of the park, you can press the X button to have the game display the text on said object in front of the object, in order to make it easier to read. Since Callum is missing, you can press the B button to shout at him, so that you can get a bit of a push towards where he’s located.
It’s hard to talk about a game like The Park without ending up spoiling the experience for others, especially with a game that is as short as The Park. What I can tell you is that there’s a reason why Callum seems to be one step ahead of you, apparently within your reach but always too far from you to be able to catch him. This being a psychological horror release – a mild one really – the game is going to play with your senses a bit, making good use of the Nintendo Switch of the HD Rumble. There are notes, and other things you can interact with that will help paint the overall picture, so be sure to look left and right as you walk down the linear roads you will take.
In the end, The Park is an entertaining psychological horror game that is short and to the point, not overstaying its welcome. You can probably finish it in around two hours or so, and since it’s a very linear experience presented at a $12.99 cost, it’s certainly not going to be for everyone. There are some technical shortcomings for this Nintendo Switch port as well, with a pretty short draw distance, lots of pop-in, and some heavy use of mist when compared to other versions of the game, so do keep this in mind when trying to decide if you should give this one a go.
This The Park review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Funcom.