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  • Summary: As a pharmacologist looking for success,
    you obtained a mysterious stone found in Sowls.

    "With this stone, I'll be able to conduct a successful research!"

    Afterwards, you visited "Hotel Sowls" to get some good rest...
    ...and found out next morning your precious stone has disappeared!
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 80
    I had a lot of enjoyment with Hotel Sowls, which lasted for its entire run time and never overstayed its welcome. Its one of those games which cares about quality over quantity, and the control over tone and mood which Studio Sott exhibits is genuinely admirable. This game goes highly recommended to the inquisitive, the curious, and those for whom your standard video game characters and settings are proving just a tad predictable. You won’t have any idea what’s up ahead in this hotel.
  2. Jul 28, 2020
    Studio Sott has managed to create a short game filled with wonderful characters and atmosphere. This brilliantly realised story reminds me of The Shining but filled with Mr Men. While Hotel Sowls doesn’t innovate the basic point and click formula, it fills it with quality content and a surrealist vibe that really elevates itself. It’s just a bit short.
  3. Sep 28, 2020
    Hotel Sowls is undeniably charming. The cast is easily lovable and the world as quirky as one could hope. Still, it’s also undeniably simple. I would suggest Hotel Sowls as a sleepy afternoon game to relax with if you are at all drawn to its art and atmosphere, but I would keep in mind the limitations of a two person team making their first game. If you aren’t bothered by a small soundtrack, occasional bugs, and a hotel with many rooms where there isn’t any room for questions, then you may just spend more than one span of five days in Hotel Sowls.
  4. Jul 31, 2020
    Beneath the veneer, there isn’t much that makes Hotel Sowls shine. The plot, the characters, and the gameplay are all wax-paper thin. The game ticks away mechanically under its inspired art style. I’m actually taken aback by how soulless Hotel Sowls really turned out to be. I guess it just goes to show that you can’t judge a hotel by its chandelier.
  5. Jul 31, 2020
    Building an evident framework for a "good ending" without detailing a clear path to find the requirements, Hotel Sowls struggles between being a true mystery, and holding the player's hand with clues. Replayability, rather than a compelling journey, seems to be the main through line for this title. That being said, the impossibly cute art direction and interesting visual language will keep audiences charmed and engrossed, even if they are not usually fans of the mystery and thriller genre.
  6. Sep 11, 2020
    Hotel Sowls is a really interesting game if you see it as the side project of two college students that it really is, but as a full indie game, there are many flaws to allow it to become something more than just an enjoyable but mediocre game.
  7. Aug 8, 2020
    As one of the most visually unique indies out there, I recommend playing Hotel Sowls although its campaign isn't all that challenging.

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  1. Mar 5, 2022
    "At the end of the day (or five), if you are looking for a short and sweet story with a uniquely beautiful aesthetic, Hotel Sowls is the game"At the end of the day (or five), if you are looking for a short and sweet story with a uniquely beautiful aesthetic, Hotel Sowls is the game for you. Its linearity and clunky controls certainly take some of the shine off, but it still offers a compelling experience. I look forward to seeing what Studio Sott have in store for us next."