[Review] Silver Falls Episode Prelude – Nintendo Switch

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Developer: Sungrand | Publisher: Sungrand | Release Date: 06/05/2021
Price: $7.99/£6.29 | Review Code Provided by the Publishers | Genre: Adventure, Puzzle, Action | Platform: Nintendo Switch

Story/Description

Welcome to Silver Falls! Stay a while, but don’t wander out too late at night…

A late-night food delivery to a house in the desert goes horribly wrong for Rominic Rodriguez, a new college student trying to make his way in the world. When unsettling sounds echo from the distant expanse of desert around him and bizarre lights appear in the night sky, Rominic finds himself tangled up in a fight for his survival. Not only that, but his boss from his second job keeps sending him text messages, distracting him from his task at hand!

In this short but sweet, horrifying introduction to the Silver Falls universe, players can enjoy classic survival horror puzzle solving. Story Mode offers a tightly knit, easy-to-digest standalone episode in the world of Silver Falls. Explore densely detailed environments. Learn more about the unsettling history of this small mountain town and its inhabitants. Scrounge for ammunition and weapons to stay alive and fight back the shadows closing in. Unlock new story segments, environments, and MORE by choosing to either answer or ignore the boss’s text messages. Find hidden items and unlock the lore and mystery of this mysterious town.

Unlock Battle Mode by finishing Story Mode and face endless hordes of horrifying creatures with tense, fast-paced action! Search the environment for powerful weapons and items. Defeat waves of enemies then return to base to earn a huge range of weapons, each one with a chance to have one of more than 80 unique skills attached. Create a customized and optimized skill and weapon loadout to fit your perfect playstyle.

UNLOCK new playable characters by connecting to other Silver Falls titles! Rominic does not have to fight back these monsters alone. Use the built-in Code Linker system to bring in other playable characters, each with his or her own unique strengths, weaknesses, and set of skills.

Season up your Moose Steaks and pack extra ammo. It’s time for a trip to Silver Falls.

Gameplay/Controls

Silver Falls Episode Prelude takes place before the events of Sungrand’s Silver Falls – 3 Down Stars. It is a supernatural horror/thriller game set in the quiet rural area of Silver Falls. When the townsfolk of Silver Falls start claiming to see things and disappearing under strange circumstances, some members of the community take it upon themselves to discover the truth of what exactly is going on.

This instalment is a standalone prelude episode that follows a young man called Rominic working as a delivery boy for a fast food restaurant. One late night, he is delivering an order to a house out in the desert but no one seems to be home. Slightly bewildered as the customer is usually at home and made the order only an hour before, Rominic takes a look around the property to see if he can find them.

Silver Falls Episode Prelude is played from a third-person perspective. It is a survival game with puzzle elements and combat. Rominic can interact with a number of objects including diary entries that expand upon the lore of the series. He can find tools to use on certain objects and weapons to defend himself from the bloodthirsty and deformed wildlife that want to ravage him alive.

Thanks to code linker, you can use a code from one game to gain bonuses into another game which could be done through the game’s website.

The controls are quite similar to Resident Evil but a bit rigid in a way that I hope that controls will be flexible like how Resident Evil: Revelations was on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch, I’ll say it needs some work done on the controls especially when fighting the monsters.
Hopefully, the controls will be better to work with but for now, it’s just on a first impression mode to be honest.

Though the game is short but worth experiencing the event before Silver Falls – 3 Down Stars, which I can say it’s worth trying out and hoping that Silver Falls – 3 Down Stars will be on Nintendo Switch but for now, it’s on New Nintendo 3DS .

Graphics

The graphic design of the game looks more of an inspiration from Resident Evil games from Nintendo 3DS now being released on the Nintendo Switch with much higher resolution which looks awesome for the game and I admire how the brought the character design and the landscape into a wonderful package but wish for it to be on the switch but again, It’s a good starting point of gaming.

Audio

The soundtrack is something from a horror movie that involves an empty town with monsters. Loving how each encounter with monsters will bring different songs to the mix.
Too bad for voice-acting, there ain’t much for it but I won’t let that get in the way to experience the game for myself

Verdict

Story – 8.5/10
Gameplay/Controls – 8.4/10
Graphics – 8.4/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Recommendation – As a resident evil fan, I’ll say give it a shot.
Overall – 8.5/10

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