Review: AI: The Somnium Files - Top Notch Visual Novel Tainted By Flawed Puzzle Solving
Monday, 16 September 2019 19:30

Dream machine.

What a weird and wild ride AI: The Somnium Files is. At its heart this is a detective thriller styled as a visual novel, but that basic description sells this consistently bonkers title very, very short. The characters, their interactions with one another, and the world around them are all over the top and comical to some degree, yet the game is able to tell a serious and at times gripping story. It's a balancing act that shouldn't work, but somehow, AI: The Somnium Files gets away with it time and time again.

If you've played the Zero Escape games then you'll kind of know what to expect in terms of tone, and that's because series director Kotaro Uchikoshi thought this title up as well. There are definite similarities: a plot that can split in different directions depending on your actions, brain-bending conundrums, and characters that have a habit of going off on tangents about various scientific phenomenon. Again, it's a mental experience, but that just makes it all the more interesting.

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