Put On Your Sally Face
Every once in a while, a game comes along that seems to defy description. Sally Face is that game. Now, I’m not really a big fan of point and click adventures, but when I do find one I like, I REALLY like it. Sally Face is, once again, that game. This being a very story-driven game, I’m going to avoid spoilers as much as possible, which is going to be a bit of a task, but here goes…
Sal Fisher is a boy with a prosthetic face.
Yes, you read that correctly. He and his father move into the Addison Apartments where he meets a boy named Larry who quickly becomes his best friend. After some strange occurrences, Sal and Larry (along with some other new-found friends) begin investigating the apartments and talking to spirits of people who once lived in the building. It’s honestly very difficult to go into any more than that without giving away a LOT of what makes this game so great; the story.
Gameplay-wise, Sally Face is somewhat of a point and click adventure, but not in the traditional sense. You control Sally (as well as a few other characters) and interact with objects and characters through context buttons, kind of in the same style of A Night In The Woods (which I also loved). You speak to spirits through the use of a modified portable game console (the Super Gear Boy) and try to find clues while also helping them out in any way you can. You also discover more back story through mini-games played on the Super Gear Boy.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
There are a few different mechanics that come into play further into the game including a supernatural guitar (which I learned to play the theme song from Are You Afraid of the Dark? on), but I’ll leave that up for you to discover. The hand-drawn art style feels ripped right out of the pages of a high school outcast’s notebook and I couldn’t see any other style working. The music leans more towards the metal genre and is very fitting of the dark tone of the game. And let me warn you now, this is a VERY dark game, so if that’s not your thing, you may want to shy away from this title.
Although this isn’t usually the style of game I prefer, I absolutely loved every minute of it. Once again, if dark subject matter (murder, suicide, cultism, etc.) makes you uneasy, this game is definitely NOT for you. But if that kind of thing is your bag (like it is mine) and especially if you dig point and click adventures (or maybe even if you don’t), you can’t go wrong with Sally Face.
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Platform: PC, Nintendo
Release Date: 21/01/2021
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Other, Puzzle
Developer: Portable Moose
Publisher: Portable Moose
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop