The White Chamber is a free point and click adventure game by Studio Trophis. The player stars as Sarah, an obviously anime inspired character in striking contrast to most of the visuals to be found in the game.
Here we have a mysterious horror-themed adventure game. The red stuff abounds and there’s no refraining in its use. This, coupled with a few scary moments makes The White Chamber a game not recommended for the faint of heart. Special mention goes to the sound effects, extremely suited and adding to the heavy atmosphere.
The player starts without a clue about who Sarah is and where she is. However, soon things will become more and more clear but not exactly for the better. You can expect some drastic revelations and about four different endings to the adventure, with only one being considered the good finale.
Controlling Sarah is easy, as she only has two possible interactions: look and use. Nothing groundbreaking here, but the main selling point of The White Chamber really is the twisted setting and macabre rooms. Somewhat bearing resemblance to Silent Hill alternate realities, things aren’t always what they seem and the puzzles are mostly intriguing. The payoff is clever and deserves full attention, with no plot holes to be seen. There are even a few funny easter eggs to relieve some of the tension. A couple of hours is how long it will take to finish The White Chamber, but make sure you got the most interesting ending or you may feel cheated.
Sarah’s walking animation is less than stellar and probably the most deficient point in the whole game. The remaining animations are convincing enough, and rooms are filled with intricate detail. The few characters are fully voiced and this in several languages, another interesting addition to the game.
The White Chamber isn’t perfect, far from it, but it manages to be engrossing and occasionally scary. It possesses an interesting story and a clever design and is recommended for fans of adventure games of the kind.
Graphics: 8/10 Sound: 8/10 Gameplay: 8/10