Nekra Psaria 3
Did you notice that sudden chill in the air? A cat just yowled in the background and all the cockroaches suddenly seem more nervous. Yes, that's right, Drawmaneater is back with Nekra Psaria 3. Johnny Boy's train comes to a stop and he's told to "go back home," but to get there you must help him travel through this surreal world. This point-and-click escape game keeps its creepy vibe right up to the end, and also keeps the story going from the first and second games of Johnny Boy trying to find his way around this blue-tinted world. If you haven't played those, you'll be a little more confused than those who have, but just a little. Even though this installment feels a little rushed compared to its predecessors, the twisted art work and creepy feel is still alive and pulsing in this unsettling adventure.
Nekra Psaria 3 keeps the same style of gameplay as the one before. Your cursor will glow yellow when it passes over something you can interact with, whether it's something to pick up, zoom in on, or an area transition. When you want to use an item, just click on it in the screen you want to use it. If you can't, you may need to look closer. Sometimes picking up items can be a little sticky, as some of them have a particular spot or two that you have to click on to pick up. It's part of the reason why Nekra Psaria 3 doesn't seem as fleshed out and polished like the first two games. It also, at least to me, seemed much more forward. In the other two games, there was at least two places where you could get stuck. In this one, it seems like you're able to go through with almost a fluid-like play. To some, this may feel anticlimactic, but I know there are many who will be grateful for this as they can stay in the atmosphere of the game and not feel overly frustrated by the lack of movement. There is a lot going on in the background, and a lot of cryptic messages and symbols spread around that leaves the grand sense of mystery that shrouds these games. So hold on to your fragile sanity and make sure you have all your personal items, because the train has stopped and your real ride begins once again.
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