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[PlayStation 5] The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature Review

[PlayStation 5] The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature Review

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature places you in the role of the titular entity on a journey of self-discovery. Check our The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature review!

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature from Hidden Trap is a game that’s certainly different from other games I’ve played over the year. I can’t think of a single game off the top of my head that is remotely similar. The game is a watercolor-based exploration game in which you play as the titular creature out on a journey of self-discovery. Your journey as the Wanderer starts on a bright white canvas.

As you move around on the screen, the movement causes the screen to fill with color. The more you walk around, the brighter the colors become, filling the entire screen. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of it since I felt a bit out of my comfort zone. Yes, I do love chill games, but even in chill games, you often get a sense of direction, a sense of knowing what to do. There was nothing. No reason to do much other than fill the screen with watercolors, which ended up grabbing my attention due to how unexpected it was. And then, as I progressed through the game, I started to get it.


On the next screen were some puzzles, and by that point, I was already enjoying things. For this area in particular, the puzzle involved trees, and hitting the trees in a correct pattern revealed a beautiful watercolor scene that I could happily look at all day. For the next scene, the story becomes slightly darker, involving animals and spells, and that is how the game rolls until the credits roll a couple of hours after the journey begins.

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The game is artistic in every way. The game feels like a visual book. Not quite in visual novel territory, but certainly, as a story that has come to life. The Wanderer’s journey is told with words, but a big chunk of it is told by way of images. The plain white screen? The creature has no concept of language or any former knowledge about the world, so there’s no “world” around right away. The white screen was the laboratory where the creature was born! It took me a moment to really grasp how everything would click along the way.


The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and it’s a very straightforward list to work through… if you know what you’re doing! There is a single Bronze trophy, 12 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies. Each trophy will be tied to completing one of the game’s story chapters, with some trophies tied to specific endings and some moments you’ll experience along the way. If you want some help, you can check out this The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature Trophy Guide.

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The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is a colorful, wonderful, and chill experience that is perfectly complemented by its music. The piano, the violins, the guitar, all instruments helped to accentuate the story beats I experienced during my time with the game. It was all a beautiful crescendo that is easy to recommend on PlayStation 5. The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is out on PlayStation 5 at a $14.99 price.

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This The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Hidden Trap.

Review Overview

A watercolor journey worth experiencing