Tormentum: Dark Sorrow (PC)

March 25, 2015 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When you think of point & click adventures, you might not think of a dark, twisted world filled death and despair. But that is just what Tormentum offers, a journey into an abyss of nightmarish experiences. As soon as I saw some screen shots from this game, I knew I had to check it out. This is simply a gorgeous game, with visuals that create a dark, shadowy world that oppresses you with negative emotion. The visuals are the draw with Tormentum to be sure, as those I’ve talked to about the game usually bring up the detailed, refined dark visuals first. This is kind of a blend of point & click adventure and those hidden object search games, so the screen is always loaded with intense detail. I often spent more time than needed on each section, poring over the art design to see all the little touches added in. I think the work of H.R. Giger will come to mind for most, but the visuals here are obviously inspired by several artists who honed their craft in a darker style. In truth, the visual experience is what drives Tormentum, as you’ll be more interested in how the next section looks, instead of what puzzles await.

I was able to complete Tormentum in about six hours, but I didn’t rush at all and spent ample time soaking in the visuals. While that might seem rather brisk, the experience itself is well worth the expense. As usual for the genre, you will need to search the levels for various items and interactive elements, which can be used to solve puzzles and advance the narrative. The story bleeds in slowly, so I don’t want to spoil it, but it is a solid one. You can also learn little bits of the lore through NPCs, who basically serve as exposition vessels. The puzzles tend to be middle of the road in terms of challenge, all rather straight forward and none that try to crush your brain in brutal ways. This is good for some, as the flow of the experience is the game’s main draw, but I am sure others will dislike the lack of horrific puzzles to fight with. The game also offers a few crossroad points, where your decisions will steer your narrative and the levels you face. So for those who enjoyed the game, it is fun to go back and see how the various threads weave together. So if you have an interest in point & click adventures, Tormentum deserves a place in your collection. But even if you’re not usually a fan of the genre, the remarkable visuals and focus on atmosphere make it worth a look. In the end, I found Tormentum to be a hauntingly beautiful game that offers up an immersive, dark experience.

Video: How’s it look?

As you should know by this point, this game looks incredible. The visuals are so detailed and well crafted, even the sample screen shots on Steam will pull in browsers. The dark, brutal tone of the art design is going to scare off some players, but for those who don’t mind the content, you will be beyond impressed. The level of detail is simply stunning at times, you can tell a lot of time and effort were put into crafting these visuals. Even if you hate the genre, Tormentum is worth picking up even if you just want to peruse the dark art design.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The sound design is in synch with the dark visuals, creating a tense, foreboding sense of despair. Horror games benefit so much from good audio and I was pleased that Tormentum has a terrific sound design. The most effective elements are the more subtle ones, the audio cues that hit softly, but make the hairs on your neck rise. A great soundtrack works hand in hand with the rest of a game’s content and that is just what we have here.

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