Town Of Light, The Lka.it 2016

This is a psychological thriller realized in the form of a first person exploration game, in which developers decided to tell a dark story of really existing place. The game is a debut of a small, independent studio from Italy. The game begins in modern times, and a place of its action is an abandoned asylum in the Italian town of Volterra. This institution has existed since the nineteenth century and belonged to the most famous of its kind in the Apennine Peninsula (the number of its patients reached several thousand people), but was closed in 1978 along with other asylums in Italy, when the law of this country changed. It presents the history of this place, with particular emphasis on dramas of its residents, treated for years by facility staff like animals. For this purpose, the developer recreated asylum in Volterra (both interior and exterior) with great care, as well as gathered a rich research material about it, including accounts of people connected with the history of the facility. Player discovers the abandoned resort and its past, following steps of 16-year-old Renee – a fictional character who comes to Volterra in search of lost memories. The girl suffers from schizophrenia, so the adventure is interfered with symptoms resulting from this condition, as well as with fears of the protagonist and her other emotions. While wandering through the asylum, we are guided by the voice of the heroine, but this does not mean that the game is linear – the story has an open structure and can develop in different ways. It was build on the Unity engine and has a very nice artwork in which most impressive is detailed, carefully mapped playground. It is also worth mentioning that the game was adapted to use with Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles. In June/2017, with the release of an enhanced console release, a free update to include new puzzles, story content and more was released for the PC version.
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