DMT4; Indiestatik review

Creep Through The Fantastically Odd World Of Daymare Town 4.

It’s been over three years since Daymare Town 3, and so those of you who consider yourselves fans of Mateusz Skutnik’s bewildering and surreal point-and-click adventures may be starved by now. You were served a quick visit into his unique game worlds with Daymare Cat this year, though, so hopefully, you still have some blood pumping around your body.

But here it is; it’s what you’ve been waiting for – Daymare Town 4!

You can play a free version of Daymare Town 4 in your browser, or you can pay $5 to support Mateusz and received the standalone HD version for Windows and Mac, and MP3s of the game’s music. This is the biggest game that Mateusz has ever produced.

In Daymare Town 4, you finally get to explore the titular town that you’ve been trying to get into in the previous entries in the series. It’s no less grim, unsettling or creepy than what you’ve been through before; in fact, it’s even more so. The wind blows a harsh gale about the sketched environments. You’ll wander crumbling towers and encounter people who you upset by accident or are just so vacant and out of this world that communication with them is futile.

You’ll travel across the Sea of Smoke, poking into hidey-holes and stealing cutlery and cog wheels. Climb the House of Dragon and uncover its hidden mechanisms that lie beneath the dragon’s coils. Pass through the Resin Gate, trawl through the Seaweed Fossil Chasm and explore the innards of a Sand Giant.

As you’d expect, Daymare Town 4 is full of surprise, and not all of it good. But it’s far from perfect and makes you suffer, I think intentionally, but it spoils the experience a little, still. I can appreciate that the Daymare series is supposed to be unfriendly, but it does this adequately in its presentation, and so there’s no need to extend this to the gameplay.

As always, you’re only pointing and clicking with your mouse, but so many pathways aren’t indicated visually, and so it’s easy to become stuck, just because you didn’t realize you can go down a certain passage or turn about inside a room. Similarly, there are so many items to collect in Daymare Town 4 that it’s easy to become swamped with them, especially as there are many useless ones that act as red herrings and can even be placed in certain locations, implying that they have a use when they don’t.

I wish that Daymare Town 4 was a little more user-friendly is all. That way, the frustration of becoming stuck wouldn’t visit nowhere near the amount of times it persists to. Other than that, it’s a fantastically weird and creepy trek through one of the most unique game worlds to be found in an adventure game.