#Evaluation: Nun Bloodbath – Destructoid
“Evaluation: Nun Bloodbath – Destructoid”
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It’s nice to see Puppet Combo’s short-form horror experiences attain a wider viewers. Homicide Home was the primary to land on consoles and Nun Bloodbath someway stopped off on cell units. Now, Nun Bloodbath is making its technique to consoles.
It’s certainly one of his extra fashionable titles amongst his fanbase. It’s distilled Puppet Combo. Homicide Home could have caught pretty near the survival horror system, however Nun Bloodbath is the lo-fi slasher horror he’s extra identified for. Nevertheless, there’s lots to find out about Puppet Combo earlier than you determine to make the leap.
Nun Bloodbath (PC, Nintendo Swap, PS4, PS5, Cell)
Developer: Puppet Combo
Writer: Ratalaika Video games
Launched: March 24, 2022 (Console)
I believe I found out why I like slasher video games. Video video games have misplaced the flexibility to scare me, however when confronted with the literal embodiment of a lose state in a recreation, it’s onerous to not panic. I imply, it even labored in retro video games. Take a look at Sinistar.
Nun Bloodbath casts you as a hapless dad or mum who’s alerted to their little one’s sickness. Like every clever dad or mum, you may have despatched them as far-off as attainable to a Catholic boarding college. But, someway, they’ve discovered a technique to interrupt your bathtub, and you want to go… kiss them higher? You go to the boarding college, then end up hunted by a nun with a knife.
So, the aim is to unravel the thriller of the creepy boarding college and check out to not die. Like, for instance, why is it derelict? What went on right here? Who selected to construct it in a spot that’s surrounded by cliffs? Say what you need about playground security, I believe I draw the road at heights from which a toddler can attain terminal velocity.
What follows is a PS1 recreation that didn’t exist however would have been superior if it did. The visuals undertake the console’s limitations and the puzzles really feel like one thing ripped out of Silent Hill or Resident Evil. Every part appears to be like jaggy, the textures warp, and you want to discover a gear so you may set a clock for some cause.
What would have been superior on the PS1 continues to be superior at present. I believe. Full disclosure: I nonetheless play PS1 video games and suppose they’re superior. Nevertheless, I’m going to provide you a number of particulars proper now that will deter you.
You’ll in all probability die. Once you do, you begin over. The Nun can kill you, certain, however she’s not as lethal as a few of the insta-kill traps you may simply fall into. Some are apparent, and you’re feeling dumb for falling for them, others you simply form of stroll into. Contemplating that Nun Bloodbath is a recreation that requires exploration and experimentation, getting killed and beginning over since you explored the improper gap is rarely enjoyable.
Fortunately, Nun Bloodbath is a quite brief recreation. If you realize what you’re doing, you may in all probability cruise via it in lower than a half-hour. It simply appears unusual that the primary gameplay loop is trial-and-erroring the protagonist into full clairvoyance.
There are additionally a pair puzzles within the recreation which are fairly obtuse. One which aggravated me is that one thing within the surroundings says you want a wrench, which you by no means discover. As a substitute, you come throughout a hex key, which I do know higher as an Allen key, however is often known as an Allen wrench. Nun Bloodbath may have simply known as it that to higher its communication and clear up its nomenclature, however screw you.
But this type of performs into Nun Bloodbath’s meat and potatoes. You’re purported to wander across the college, looking out via the gloom for silly gadgets as a result of that offers time for the nun to hunt.
She sees you, then there’s screaming and the sound of a queue of fireside vans falling down an elevator shaft. You then run and check out to not hit a useless finish. The nun can observe you all over the place, together with into vents, so don’t suppose that can prevent. If she sees you duck beneath a mattress, you’re completed. Fortunately, she’s… not that good. Her AI has quite a lot of attention-grabbing routines, similar to hiding in wait. Nevertheless, I by no means noticed her react to the lighter, and I as soon as walked previous a room that she was peering out of the door from and he or she by no means reacted. Alien: Isolation, this isn’t, however likelihood is you gained’t be considering that when the nun is bearing down on you.
Added for the console model are some new problem choices if you happen to discover the nun too ineffective. Additionally, if you happen to’re questioning; sure, you may flip off the CRT filter. When the nun is close by, the faux-VHS monitoring goes nuts, and you’ll flip that off too. There’s additionally an choice to toggle leap scares, however you may’t flip off what your creativeness conjures. Nonetheless, it’s good that modify the sport to your personal tolerances.
Nun Bloodbath is efficient horror in a small package deal. You may say what you need in regards to the typically obtuse puzzles or how crappy it’s to start out over if you die, however that nun will actually get your blood pumping.
The slasher horror style isn’t fairly as sparse because it was when Nun Bloodbath was first launched in 2018, nevertheless it’s shocking how effectively it stands at present. Its efforts to construct stress, the sound design that retains you peering over your shoulder, and its easy however complicated surroundings all construct it right into a harrowing journey.
Nevertheless, not everybody goes to be accepting of its extra retro proclivities. Even past the horror barrier, Nun Bloodbath is a quite unfriendly recreation. I suppose if you happen to’ve grown accustomed to the extra accommodating nature of recent video games, this is likely to be a tricky promote. For everybody else who’s okay with a little bit of robust love with their terror, Nun Bloodbath is a novel and entertaining expertise. It makes the transition to console admirably. It’s maybe greatest fitted to the Swap, since you may play it on the bathroom and it’s not so unhealthy if you happen to pee slightly.
[This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]