Amnesia: Justine

Amnesia: Justine

This add-on for Amnesia: The Dark Descent is free and barely an hour long, but it’s not even worth that time, let alone any money. Its only saving grace is being built on a decent-looking game with intuitive physics-based controls and therefore having decent visuals and intuitive controls itself. The central premise involves a morality test conducted via adventure game puzzles. While the intertextuality of Amnesia, Portal, and Marquis de Sade is admittedly quite clever, it’s entirely undermined both as a narrative and as entertainment by the puzzles’ absurdity and poor communication. Being an Amnesia game, there are also enemies that you are completely unequipped to fight, but in this case, the level design makes you unequipped to run or hide from them as well. They also kill you in one hit and send you back to the beginning of the game, because fuck you, apparently. It’s impressive that this formula is still scary even after it’s been imitated to death, but this is an unbelievably frustrating iteration of it.

3.5/10
3.5/10

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