[PS5] Under the Warehouse Review
Under the Warehouse from eastasiasoft and GoolWorks is a quirky first-person adventure game with a minimalist polygon presentation. Check our Under the Warehouse review!
Under the Warehouse from eastasiasoft and GoolWorks is a quirky first-person adventure game with a minimalist polygon presentation. You’ll explore a dark building that is full of boxes, documents, weird contraptions, and several NPCs you’ll need to interact with. Why would you do that? Because you received a phone call asking for your help. The person who called you needs an egg that is located somewhere inside of the aforementioned warehouse, so you’ll have to talk to everyone and exchange several items to try and get one of the endings that will hopefully allow you to get one step closer to the end of the road.
You’ll get to learn the basics during the intro sequence for this PS1-era-looking first-person experience. You can move around each area with the left analog stick as you use the right one to move the camera as needed. The X button can be used to interact with other characters to talk to them or to interact with objects to collect the ones that will be added to your inventory. To open and close your inventory, just press the R1 button.
The items you collect can be used to solve the light puzzles you’ll run into. As to not spoil things too much for this short adventure, I’ll mention the first puzzle you have to solve. You’ll reach a rustic bar with a door that is locked. A character in there mentions that he misplaced his golden stein and that he’s thirsty. You will find the golden stein as soon as you turn around. Once you press X to grab it, it will be in your inventory.
You can then walk to the keg near the door that you need to open to select the golden stein so that you can fill it up with an odorless purple liquid. After that’s been taken care of, you can give it to the other character. Since the locked door is for employees only, and you sorta did what someone who works at the bar would do, the door will mysteriously open so that you can progress with your journey. Simple, right?
Unfortunately, the game falls short. You’ll end up backtracking many times as you try to find the right sequence in the overall fetch quest chain you’re about to get yourself into, and nostalgia alone is not going to be enough to keep you glued to your seat over the roughly two hours it should take you to get one of the endings. There’s not much dialogue to the whole thing, and the logic behind what item is needed for what character or to open this or that door is not as clear as it should be.
The game is a Cross-Buy release, and it offers a full trophy list with a Platinum, so if you own a PlayStation 5, you can work on adding two Platinum trophies to your collection. The list includes a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies. There are no missable trophies, so as long as you make it to the end of the story, you’ll have one new Platinum to your collection. There are several items you’ll have to collect and trade around as you gain access to go deeper and deeper into the warehouse. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Under the Warehouse Trophy Guide.
Under the Warehouse is a quirky first-person adventure game with a minimalist polygon presentation that gives it a bit of a PS1-era look and feel. While that could be a good thing to draw you in with nostalgia for a fun experience, the game ends up being a tedious fetch quest chain that is not very amusing. At least it’s a Cross-Buy title with a full trophy list, so you could go for adding two Platinum trophies to your collection with the help of a guide. Under the Warehouse is available at a $5.99 price tag.
This Under the Warehouse review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.