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Omori review | PC Gamer


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What is it? A turn-based RPG that combines a cute adventure with a creepy uneasiness (emphasis on the creepy).
Expect to pay £15  / $20
Developer Omocat
Publisher Omocat
Reviewed on AMD Ryzen 5 3600, AMD RX 5700 XT, 16GB RAM
Multiplayer? No
Link Official site

There’s a weird reputation surrounding games made in RPGmaker. The game engine is known for spawning a mix of your basic clunky demakes of classic RPGs and cult horror hits like Yume Nikki, Lisa: The Painful, Mad Father, and The Witch’s House—games that surfaced on the fringes of game forums and quietly received overwhelmingly positive reviews on steam.

The RPGmaker scene has dwindled over the years, which is why Omori almost feels like the ghost of a bygone era. Even though seeing the game’s blocky visuals is like a blast from the past, this psychological RPG has all the makings of being a modern cult classic.  

Omori follows the childhood antics of a group of kids during the Summer break, but instead of discovering the wonders of the real world, the group is exploring a fantastical dream world conjured by a sleeping boy, the titular Omori. The majority of the game takes place in this dreamworld where the group is searching for their missing friend, but there are also parts that are played in reality, specifically a quiet suburban neighborhood where all the kids live. 

(Image credit: Omocat)

Doesn’t sound like much of a horror game, right? There aren’t any scary monsters and existential horrors in the colourful dream world, but that’s the entire point. Unable to control or face certain events in the real world, Omori conjures up this fantastical headspace to escape, like a safety blanket. I’m going to have the skirt around the real-world horrors to avoid spoilers, but an event happened several years ago that ties the group together. Each character is unable to escape the fallout of what happened and soon these fears begin to creep into Omori’s dream world.

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