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Rating: 4/5 (27 votes)
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Yûrei StationYou've probably heard the siren call of a midnight snack or had a thirst for water at least once. But in Atelier Sentô's point-and-click adventure Yûrei Station, something deeper and darker is at play. You play as a girl who sneaks out at the crack of dawn, careful not to disturb her parents, who wouldn't know what is going on anyway. Sitting in a train compartment in the pre-dawn hours, a heavy presence abruptly sits beside you, sending shivers up your spine. Not daring to get up, your phone suddenly receives a message. "I see you..."

Looking around, you see nothing. Digging further in you realize this was not the first message. A cry for help and a strange repeating message also come from this mystery character whose identity you cannot decrypt. When you finally decide on your stop, you step off almost reluctantly into the unknown where the surreal and familiar blend in a shattering collision. A torrent of memories threaten to wash you away with the abandoned remnants of civilization as you barely hold them back with the dam of your mind.

Although the game is short and many loose ends are left to the imagination, it presents a compelling narrative that masters the juxtaposition between the realms of fantasy and realism. Symbolic elements of Japanese culture pervade through the story as well, from the decorative paper lanterns hanging in the streets to the torii (a construction to mark the entrance to a sacred place). Even more impressive is that the graphics for the game were created entirely by high school students in a two-day workshop in Nantes, France. Say what you will about the art style, but it's certainly better than mine as an adult!

Yûrei Station

The style reminds me of one my all-time favorite and slightly less innocent point and click games, The Grey Rainbow, and I would have loved to see more plot, interaction, and development in Yûrei Station. Nonetheless, between the eerie, foreboding music and the small smattering of cryptic puzzles and description throughout the game, it holds its own with a sufficient level of closure. There are horror games that rely heavily on cheap jump scares, and then there are ones with an ephemeral storyline like Yûrei Station, that will leave you thinking long after you reach the subtitle "The End."

Yûrei Station is controlled entirely with the mouse. As you move it over places where you can interact, it indicates potential interaction by changing to a cog or an arrow.


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Why must all the really good looking games be pay/full download??

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mrgee May 31, 2017 3:00 PM replied to Yoshi

I was wondering if there was a browser-based version of this? It was tagged "browser" and "unity". I guess the unity is simply the platform?

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