Game: The Last Door: Season One
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Genre: point-and-click adventure game
Style: heavy Lovecraft influences
Verdict: Highly Recommended
Buy: Steam | GOG | PSN | Microsoft Store (Xbox One) | Microsoft Store (PC/mobile) | eShop | App Store | Google Play
*The PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions include both The Last Door: Season One and The Last Door: Season Two (review coming soon)

The Last Door: Season One is an episodic point-and-click adventure game and the first half of a delightfully Lovecraftian horror story fans of the genre really shouldn’t miss.

It’s split across four episodes, as well as a handful of side stories that add details to events referenced in the main episodes, and each episode takes place in its own setting with its own items and puzzles, making it feel in some ways like a collection of several tiny adventure games.

This episodic format doesn’t detract from its storytelling at all, however.

When Jeremiah Devitt receives a strange letter from an old friend, he travels to his manor to see what has happened to him. The first episode charges you with investigating the manor, and from there each episode follows part of Jeremiah’s quest to recover his lost memories and learn what ancient powers are stirring around him.

Each episode takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour, so it’s a short game overall. None of the puzzles are too difficult, but where The Last Door really excels is in its atmosphere.

The atmosphere is beautiful, creepy, and haunting, and its incredible orchestral soundtrack helps to bring it to life despite its retro graphics. As for the story, it really has heavy Lovecraftian inspirations. If that’s the sort of horror you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed.

Now, while this is only Season One of a two-season story, don’t let that deter you. It ends on a cliffhanger for Season Two, but the second season follows a different character investigating the fate of the first season’s protagonist. You could easily view Season One as a self-contained story with an ambiguous ending.

So if you like point-and-click adventure games and you want a Lovecraftian horror story, The Last Door: Season One is a game I highly recommend. It’s available on just about every platform, so be sure to check it out.

Buy: Steam | GOG | PSN | Microsoft Store (Xbox One) | Microsoft Store (PC/mobile) | eShop | App Store | Google Play

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