Apartment 327 is an independent title developed by the Binary Box studio that has been available for just a few days. It is an interesting game of horror, which has good ideas (and others that are not so) but with which I have gone through a lot of fear. Mix the trips in time to complete the puzzles that are proposed to us with an inherited essence of PT very evident , to go through the same rooms of this apartment.
The Beginning of the game
The start of Apartment 327 is exceptional, because knowing how to situate the player in an extraordinary way and gradually giving signals that are awakening the restlessness and fear more direct. Perhaps, when that subtlety becomes vulgarity is when the game loses most of its grace, but maintains its success at certain times. We will find objects, keys and other resources in the apartment that we will be able to use at different times, which we will be able to access little by little through a mysterious elevator. That is, we will almost always be going through the same rooms but at different times, which will vary their aesthetics, the usefulness of each room, the doors … it does not make any sense that a key obtained in 2016 opens a door in 1923, but It is best not to ask many questions and prevent monsters from attacking us.
Under that premise, with time travel and puzzle solving as we continually look back on the great tension produced by music and other effects, Apartment 327 works better than I could have expected. The bad part, as it was before, is that the game is leaving aside the subtlety and where before there was a shock now we will simply find an ugly monster that chases us, which we will have to aim with the flashlight so it does not do anything or directly run away. This is where the game does not work at all well, because the sensation of encountering continuous situations of trial and error where terror and tension give way to bitterness is too palpable.
To Enjoy the game and Free Demo
Despite this, I think it is a good proposal, made with love (with a story that is also worth discovering) with an interesting premise despite not being very revolutionary and that will help you to be scared. If you can support the areas where the game leaves the grace aside you can enjoy it and is far above other proposals of the genre such as Agony that in recent times have made us lose hope in terror. In Steam you can try a free demo that will serve you much better than my words to know what you can face with Apartment 327 , and decide from there.
What does not stop being a universal truth is that there has not yet been a proposal that knew how to take all those feelings left by the PT of Hideo Kojima and make a game that can produce as much terror as that demo . I hope it ends some day, an independent team or one with resources, that make us forget a playable test that, oddly enough, continues to inspire developments like the one we are dealing with today. I will never forgive you, Konami.