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The Spectrum Retreat Xbox One Review

Welcome to the hotel Penrose, such a lovely place, such a lovely place…

This maybe the strangest and most yet most intriguing game I have ever played. Imagine waking up everyday having no idea who you are or where you are. That’s strange enough as it is, so try making it into a game. That is exactly what “The Spectrum Retreat is all about and at first I didn’t quite get, I was going to turn it off and never play it again, but it compelled me to play more, and I’m really glad I did.

Now I always do a segment about developers and publishers to give you a little insight to the game ahead some big names and awards, others not so much. It is very rare that I get to review a developer about a guy from the United Kingdom. A young guy called Dan Smith who is still studying at university, has released his very first game and has been given a BAFTA. I have reviewed a lot of games since I joined the site and this is only the 2nd game to receive such a prestigious award, so a massive congratulations to him and I am sure we will see more from this guy in the future. The publishers Ripstone Limited must be in dream land capturing this game, and it is right up there ally with other mind boggling games such as, Chess Ultra and pure chess.

As I just mentioned this is truly a mind boggling game, that will test you and frustrate you something rotten. The Core gaming mechanics are simple but very, very effective in this first person puzzler, mixed in with a kind of horror tint to it. I can’t really tell you what the game is about because that will spoil the whole story and ruin the game as a whole. The bits I will tell you are that you are somebody who is staying at a hotel and you receive a phone call saying that you are there against your will and that she wants to help you out. But you must keep to the hotel schedule and sleuth your way through without getting caught or breaking the system, which is a lot tougher then it sounds.

I talked a little bit about the game mechanics earlier and how simple it is, well basically the game is all about colour and being able to manipulate it to your advantage and proceed to the next level. If like my friend and you are colour blind then I am afraid you are going to struggle with this one as you will need to use multiple colours at different locations. You do this by using the device that you found in your room at the very beginning, which can absorb one colour at a time and transfer it onto another block in its place, it can also be used to teleport yourself from one place to another.

The Prominence Hotel is strange from start to finish the spooky “workers” who are basically white mannequins with a robot voice in a tux, to the weird and very well thought off music sequences to go with each level make this a really compelling game and makes you want to play it more and more. I am currently stuck on level 4 of the hotel and frustrated to hell because I don’t know how to get out, but I am adamant I will get past it and make it to level 5 and see where the story ends, and I can’t wait.

It is definitely worth the £9.99 asking price especially when you only have 15 achievements for 1000 Gamerscore, i don’t normally mention the Gamerscore but this is a relatively easy one considering you only need to do 15 achievements for the max score. Very good game, very good price, difficult, but not that long.

Developer: Dan Smith Studios

Publisher: Ripstone Ltd

Twitter: @RipstoneGames @RealEntropy

Price: £9.99 currently £8.99 deals with gold.

Review code supplied by Plan of Attack

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