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  • Summary: March 12 1938, Renée, 16, was ripped out of her world, her only fault was that of not knowing her place in the world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Feb 25, 2016
    90
    The Town of Light is an intense and dramatic experience. Try it if you want to better understand the human mind and how the asylums work.
  2. Feb 25, 2016
    80
    The Town of Light is a heavy, emotionally-tough game, and it's definitely not for the faint-hearted. There are no monsters or jump scares, but a story so intense and cruel that is much more frightening. If you feel that videogames can be something more than simple entertainment, this is a journey you might want to engage in.
  3. Apr 7, 2016
    80
    I urge you, please, to play The Town of Light and uncover Renee’s story, and a greater understanding of the cause for it, for yourself.
  4. Feb 25, 2016
    65
    Uneven, bleak and unflinching. You won't enjoy it, but it's one of a kind.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Apr 10, 2016
    60
    For all its faults, there's every chance The Town of Light could end up getting under your[ skin]. [April 2016, p.112]
  6. Feb 25, 2016
    60
    Despite the very quick playthrough (around 3 hrs), he plot looses momentum halfway through, and the pace slows down the progression. The idea is sound, but the execution deserved more care.
  7. CD-Action
    Jul 21, 2016
    35
    The Town of Light reminded me of similarly short and unpleasant Neverending Nightmares. Both games tried to tackle the subject of mental illnesses and both failed utterly. [07/2016, p.51]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 26, 2016
    10
    Had the chance to play the beta, sick game, couldn't belive that the graphic and storyline had this level of quality from a young team in theHad the chance to play the beta, sick game, couldn't belive that the graphic and storyline had this level of quality from a young team in the industry, worth the to be played Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2016
    10
    Really an amazing game! I've just finished playing with my girlfriend and it was so emotional and heart-breaking. A dark and adult story,Really an amazing game! I've just finished playing with my girlfriend and it was so emotional and heart-breaking. A dark and adult story, where the humanity and kindess of the main character shines trough the walls of the asylum. Beautiful atmosphere and stunning visuals. I recommend you to play it if you're into narrative and explorative game, really one of a kind! Expand
  3. Feb 27, 2016
    10
    Had some friends recommend this to me. Bought it today and after a few hours totally amazed by what I see. Really worth checking out and worthHad some friends recommend this to me. Bought it today and after a few hours totally amazed by what I see. Really worth checking out and worth it's price. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2021
    9
    Отличная депрессивная история, которая по максимуму оживляет образы психиатрического госпиталя в голове игрока и ярко демонстрирует жестокие,Отличная депрессивная история, которая по максимуму оживляет образы психиатрического госпиталя в голове игрока и ярко демонстрирует жестокие, по нынешним меркам, методы искоренения недугов. Относительно неплохая графика и низкие системные требования позволят запустить игру даже на слабеньком ноутбуке. Expand
  5. Dec 27, 2016
    8
    Very emotional, strong and moving story. The overall design is perfectly showing how horrifying the existence of people with such disordersVery emotional, strong and moving story. The overall design is perfectly showing how horrifying the existence of people with such disorders have been back in times, all of this raw and ugly environment... The game does a great job of making you feel how terrible and hopeless it was and makes you feel scared, not by some stupid self-closing doors, pop-ins or other cheap horror things, but by making you think. From technical stand point you can see that the game is very basic in its build and presentation and that this is low budget title, but this not what it is about. Definitely recommended for someone looking for something more in games. Expand
  6. Sep 26, 2020
    7
    The Town of Light is a very interesting game. It has a very unique way of telling it’s story through a combination of flashbacks and voiceThe Town of Light is a very interesting game. It has a very unique way of telling it’s story through a combination of flashbacks and voice over narrating. The flashbacks are sometimes in first person black and white but other times are a more hand drawn almost dark comic book style. Both are a stark contrast to the normal view of color you usually are in while exploring the asylum. I thought the story itself was fantastic and very engaging. Many will find it bleak or depressing but I don’t think there is a way to tell a tale like this with a happy upbeat theme without it being terribly unrealistic. My only gripe story wise was even after finishing the game I couldn’t tell you when it took place. The main events in the game take place between about 1938-1944 it seems and Renee was around 16-23 years old. If that is the case how are we exploring this place years after it has been abandoned. Is Renee supposed to be elderly ? I can only see her hands while exploring but they look young to me. In any case I wouldn’t say this detail ruined the game for me in any way. The voice acting is very good as was the live action actress they had for Renee during the live trailer you can view after finishing the game. I liked how even though I can play the game in English all of the details in the Asylum are in Italian as they should be. The graphics were a mixed bag. The sunlight was very well done as were the shadows. The foliage was decent but not great. The flashlight used was poor though in terms of shadow effect. The object detail was also pretty poor. By that I mean walls; desks; signs; windows; elevators; etc. All of the little details and objects that make up the game. I also have no idea how the choice structure worked in the game. There are times in the game where you are having a conversation with a voice in your head and based on what you choose a different logo can appear after but I have no idea what any of the logos mean or how they change future events. I would also say that sometimes it was hard to see when you can interact with objects. When you can the crosshair goes from white to black but the crosshair is very small. The end credits music also suited the game very well.

    I played The Town of Light on Linux using Steam’s Proton. It never crashed on me. There are 3 settings for AA; 4 settings for AO; an FOV slider that goes from 85-105; and 8 other graphics options. To continue what I said earlier about most of the graphics detail just being decent and poor this was not reflected in the performance. I have tried to run this game with an RX 580 8GB and maxed out it would usually be around 40-50 FPS. I then tried with my RX 5700 XT and while it often has decent frame rates they could still drop as low as 18 FPS at times. I reduced the AA from SSAA to SMAA and this helped but the frame rate still dropped as low as 36 FPS at times. This game has very little going on and the detail should not tax most hardware like this. The game either has serious optimization issues or it just didn’t work well with Proton. Chapter 8 was the worst part for frame rate dips I found. Alt-Tab didn’t work. There is no manual save option. The game seems to save at the end of each chapter butt hat is just my guess as it never tells me when it saves. The game uses the Unity engine.

    Input Used: keyboard and mouse
    Game Engine: Unity
    Disk Space Used: 6698MB
    GPU Usage: 1-99 %
    VRAM Usage: 2757-5649 MB
    CPU Usage: 9-59 %
    RAM Usage: 3.5-4.6 GB
    Frame Rate: 18-144 FPS
    Game Settings Used: Ultra; SSAA; bloom and environmental effects on; 1920x1080

    Performance issues; graphics; and save system aside the game is certainly worth playing. The story is truly fantastic and worth experiencing. I finished the game in about 2 hours 42 minutes. I paid $10.49 CAD for it and feel that was a good price for what I got. The current price for it of $20.99 is a bit steep. If you enjoy walking sims or bleak settings I would give this a try.

    My Score: 7.5/10

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 5700 XT Gaming X 8GB | Mesa 20.1.7 | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB | Manjaro 20.1 | Mate 1.24.1 | Kernel 5.8.6-1-MANJARO | AOC G2460P 1920*1080 @ 144hz | Proton 5.0-9
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  7. czt
    Aug 6, 2017
    0
    "Full controller support" is just a lie if dinput controllers ignored. Handling them with unity is indeed possible, see Layers of Fear or"Full controller support" is just a lie if dinput controllers ignored. Handling them with unity is indeed possible, see Layers of Fear or Syberia 3 for example. Expand

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