A cross between Five nights at Freddy’s and Alien Isolation, CASE: Animatronics is an indie horror game on Steam, released on the 6th of August this year. Developed by Last Level , Aleson and Published by HypeTrain Digital, the thrilling simulation game has got an overall ‘very positive’ rating on Steam. There are a handful of bad reviews but the good reviews out weigh these.
When I first saw game play of CASE: Animatronics I instantly got a Five Nights at Freddy’s feel about it despite it not being based on that game. As I have recently been playing through Alien Isolation: Ripley’s edition I also felt it was similar in that in many ways, down to the vents in the ceiling. I have never really been into jump scare games before watching YouTubers playing through it, CASE: Animatronics was one I really wanted to try, so I did! I’ve uploaded part one of my play through on youtube, here.
“Welcome to the police department, where late work can lead to tragic consequences. You’re a swamped with work detective – John Bishop who carries out his investigation till the late night. After a strange dream he gets awaken up by a mysterious call from an old “friend” and everything goes sideways.”
I’m not keen on the voice actors, they seem a little too scripted and the fear in the voice of the main character (you) is non existent and the guy calling you, John Bishop is not nearly as creepy sounding as he should be. What I do love about this game is it can be as annoying as Alien Iso, yes annoying is good in the sense you’re trying to be as quick as you can to get these objectives done but you don’t have a clue where you need to go and this makes it that little more creepy because you have no idea when these animatronics are going to appear. It’s similar to Alien with the unclear objectives, you really do have to fend for yourself and go it alone, there are no extra hints or tips to guide you on your way and although a lot of people see this as a flaw in games I don’t, making it easy is no fun!
The animatronics themselves are creepy! With their red glowing eyes and their piercing scream you are never prepared for no matter how many times you have heard it. Although you have a tablet (camera) to view each room on it’s often still unclear where the animatronic is going to be or how fast he is approaching you, but you will know when he’s behind you and unless you run like a cheetah to your nearest cupboard, you’re well and truly done for there is no escape.
I enjoyed the story but what has been unclear so far is what and earth this lady in white ghost figure is, I’ve not yet come across and explanation for this apart from the possibility of it being a “ghost from my past” as John Bishop says on the phone, but there isn’t an explantion as to what ghost this is or what relevance it has to my life.
It’s very likely you will have a problem finding a key card that is needed to open a room, I wish you good luck with finding this as it’s a majorly frustrating part of the game but others may have some luck and find it on the first try before being found by the animatronic.
This next part is based on my PC specs, which aren’t great. I’m currently using a Packard Bell with an Intel Pentium Processor T4400, 250GB HDD and 3GB Memory, so it’s not your high end gaming PC by a long shot, however I’ve never really needed much more as I am mainly a console gamer. This did however obviously affect game play, It was lagging quite badly and was difficult to play smoothly due to the jumpy frame rate so I had a tough time getting to grips with it, but like i mentioned it’s because of my PC. However from the play through videos I have seen on YouTube the graphics look flawless. But I am unfortunately lacking in a high end graphics card. Below I have included the minimum and recommended requirements to play the game.
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q8400
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB / Radeon R7 250X 1GB
DirectX: Version 10
Storage: 1 GB available space
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
DirectX: Version 10
Storage: 2 GB available space
To be continued!
Once I have completed this game I will update my thoughts on it as well as upload each stage of the game on YouTube so keep an eye out! Let me know if you decide to give the game a go or if you have already, I’d love to know what your thoughts are too!
See you soon! ThatNerdyGirl