The Silver Case Remastered PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on The Silver Case by Suda51, Active Gaming Media, and Grasshopper Manufacture.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from our friends at GOG for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
The Silver Case is an adventure game/visual novel that originally released in 1999. The original release of the game never released outside of Japan but this remaster was released worldwide. The remaster features gameplay in 1080p resolution, a new UI, remastered music, the 3D graphics and color balance were also altered and improved. The remaster also features a new prologue that acts as a prequel to the events in The 25th Ward: The Silver Case.
The story takes place in a city called the 24 Wards and revolves around a serial killer called Kamui Uehara. The game progresses along a series of cases, each with their own unique premise and theme. All of the cases connect in some way to Kamui. The truth behind him and the events that surround him are quite surprising. There are 5 cases in total with some bonus cases that take place after these to fill in what happens.
There’s also a second story built into the game which follows a reporter named Tokio Morishima. Tokio’s story fills in a lot of blank spots in the major cases’ stories but I will admit that it’s a bit repetitive in its gameplay. There are 6 cases in Tokio’s story as well.
Gameplay wise, The Silver Case plays much like a point and click adventure game. You use the WASD keys to move around an area that you’re exploring. Some areas have puzzles that you’ll need to solve as well but the game features an auto-solve option which allows you to skip the puzzle if you so choose. Puzzles aren’t widespread though, so you’ll only have to solve a few of them over the course of the game.
Overall, The Silver Case may not have much in the way of gameplay but it makes up for it in having an absolutely amazing story. The story was surprisingly relevant to today in many of the cases and it had me on the edge of my seat throughout. It may not be something that everyone will be able to enjoy though. It tries to confound you at every turn so it may be pretty confusing for some but if you can understand the deeper meaning behind it’s odd dialogue, you’ll be in for a real treat here. If you’ve never played the game before, and are a fan of visual novels or adventure games with a very strange, yet, entertaining story then you won’t be disappointed here.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
The Silver Case$19.99
Features of Interest
- Amazing Story
- Great Cast of Characters
- Very Strange and Often Confounding
- Good Artwork
- Great Soundtrack
- A Bit Lacking In Gameplay
- The Amount of Reading May Not Be For Everyone
- May Not Be Something Everyone Will Enjoy