REVIEW: Tormentum: Dark Sorrow

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Tormentum: Dark Sorrow | oprainfall
Title Tormentum: Dark Sorrow
Developer OhNoo Studio
Publisher OhNoo Studio
Release Date March 4, 2015
Genre Point-and-Click, Horror
Platform PC, Mac
Age Rating N/A
Official Website

Lost in a bizarre and disturbing world, seemingly half-way between dreams and reality, you awaken to find yourself without your memories. Locked in a cage hanging from the bottom of an airship, you see that you are heading toward a twisted castle that will soon become your prison. There is also a second cage hanging next to yours, and inside is another unlucky prisoner. He has a short tale to tell about how he got here, hinting that some form of evil resides within you. The twisted fortress draws near. Any sane person would want to stay well clear of that forsaken place, but you have no choice. As the airship lands, you soon find yourself in a cell inside the castle’s dark, sinister walls. Welcome to Tormentum: Dark Sorrow.

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow | Caged Like an Animal

Caged like an animal

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is a very interesting game. Some might write it off at first just because it is a point-and-click style adventure. That, however, would be a big mistake if you like horror and adventure games. The game is surprisingly deep, and keeps you very immersed in its terrible and twisted world.

You will meet and interact with many strange characters on your adventure and be faced with many moral decisions that will affect how the game ends. Are you good, or are you evil?¬†Either way, your quest will pit you against many puzzles along the way. The puzzles are pretty well designed. The one minor flaw I could mention is just that the arrows that indicate you can travel in that direction to get to a new area are sometimes hard to see. If you find yourself stuck, always check every area you can access and see if there are any of those arrows you didn’t see before.

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow | The Twisted Fortress

The Twisted Fortress

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow isn’t too hard, though some puzzles are a bit tricky. Some of them make you feel like, “Why didn’t I think of that or see that sooner?” when you solve them. The gameplay is deep, as the game really draws you into this bizarre and twisted world. The simple point-and-click style does not detract from the experience, and Tormentum keeps you wanting to play more. You want to keep going to see what you will find, who you will meet next or what you will learn.

As you can see from the screenshots, this game has a unique and stunning art style. It is an unnerving style; breathing a sinister life into the world of Tormentum. The game has a dark and very disturbing vibe, and horrors abound in this world. From strange creatures to grotesque doors that once were people.

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow | A Terrible Knight Taunts You

A terrible knight taunts you in your castle cell

As far as replay value, the game also has a number of achievements for players to obtain. A few are for finding things hidden in the game. The game also has additional replay value since the story can end in two different ways. You can be evil or good. Good is the harder one to get. Also, you cannot get all of the achievements in a single playthrough. That is not a bad thing, either, as the game is a joy to play.

Tormentum also has a stellar soundtrack, with 40 different tracks. The music adds to the dark and hopeless feeling of sorrow that pervades every corner of the game’s forsaken world. It is very well done and complements the game’s dark and twisted art style. The sound effects are also well done and fit right in, adding to the game’s depth.

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow |  Are They Living Corpses?

Are they living corpses?

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is an excellent, very dark and twisted game. All of its parts come together to form a bit of a masterpiece. Overall, it will take you four to six hours to complete your first playthrough. This game is easily one of those hidden gems that many people may miss out on. I’d also like to mention that you can try it out before you buy the game, as there are both PC and Mac demos available on the game’s website. There is also an art book you can get, should you want to. Tormentum is a stunning and disturbing experience, and, once you start it, you won’t want to stop playing until the end.

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.