The Dontnod development team is known for its story experiences that come out on several episodes, and these games usually provide a fictional element to the narration process to make things interesting, the latest games provided by the team is the Twin Mirror Mystery game, which this time releases as a complete experience away from the usual ring system and we will introduce you more On this experience in the following lines.
The story puts you in the role of Samuel “Sam” Higgs, the investigative journalist who returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his close friend Nicholas, who died in a strange accident, Sam left town two years ago after he published a newspaper article showing the numerous violations in which the town’s coal mine had occurred, which led to The closing of the mine, in which many townspeople worked, made living in that environment stressful for Sam, who left suddenly and without warning. The day after the funeral, Sam wakes up in the hotel to find his shirt stained with blood, and from here you begin to search for the source of this blood and discover the dangerous secrets that The town hides it.
The beginning of the story was good, as it posed an interesting puzzle with some questions, but it quickly becomes frustrated, after exceeding the first half hour everything becomes clear and the ambiguity disappears from the experience and it is very easy to anticipate what will happen and even how it will happen. The story that the game tells has already been told. Many times, whether in movies or other games, the town of Basswood is full of characters of varying character and behavior, but the game does not take advantage of these characters, as you will have a conversation or two conversations at most with most of the characters without these conversations having any actual effect on the events.
Sam has what is known as the Mind Palace, a place in his mind that represents his ability to objectively process all the data and analyze it to reach what actually happened. He also has an imaginary companion who represents the emotional side and talks with Sam and provides some advice on how to interact with other characters, although these two points are interesting. However, the game does not use them properly, unfortunately, we can say that the game has all the ingredients for a good story, including the multiplicity of characters and the presence of interesting ideas, but it does not take advantage of those ideas and the result is a less than average story.
The game’s graphics are good and some of the areas you will visit look beautiful without any actual dazzling element. The melodies that were presented were good and also serve their purpose without offering anything special. The experience of playing is limited to talking with the characters with options to engage in conversations, but as we mentioned, most of these conversations and their options will not have an impact on the events, you will also tour in multiple areas to collect evidence and interact with the environment and once you have collected enough information you will return to the Mind Palace to repeat Creating events and this is done by presenting clips in which there are several interchangeable elements and the game requires you to find the elements that are compatible with your investigation to reach the truth, an idea that adds some renewal to the investigation process despite its limitations. There are also some puzzles or mini-challenges that you face in the Mind Palace when Sam is terrified, but these parts are very few and do not present any challenge. They are very simple and the aim of them is to break the routine, nothing more.
The experience is short and can be completed in just 5 hours.There are a few conversations that may slightly change your relationship with some characters, but they are not enough to re-experience the experience, in the end we found that the Twin Mirror is a less than average experience as it fails to take advantage of what it has in terms of telling a good story and playing experience Very limited and you do not have the incentive to fight it again.
This game has been reviewed with a PC version that was provided by the publisher before the game was released in the market.