The Town of Light Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on The Town of Light by LKA. I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
This review is also to help spread the word about a mental health charity called Take This. They’re a non-profit charity that was formed in 2012 after the suicide of a colleague. Their main focus is to bring to light mental illnesses through gaming. The Town of Light is one such game. If you’re interested in learning more about them or to donate to their cause you can find them here: http://www.takethis.org/
The Town of Light is a narrative driven horror adventure game. You can also consider the game apart of the walking simulator genre. The story is told through notes and narration, like most games in the genre.
The game follows the story of a 16 year old girl named Renee. She is sent to an insane asylum by her mother and wound up spending her life there. The story is based on a true story and recounts Renee’s powerful story. It focuses on 4 different mental illnesses, Dissociation, Depression, Rationalism and Obsession. The game does a really good job of portraying each one and should provide insight on what it’s like to live with them.
I have a few mental illnesses myself (Schizophrenia, Major Depression and Dissociation) and this game brought out some very powerful emotions in me. The biggest emotion I felt was sadness. Renee’s story is a very sad one and it’s unfortunate that she had to deal with the things that she did. All without understanding these things as well. The second was anger. Her story has also pissed me off a great deal. Also because of the stuff she went through and the asylum’s refusal to actually help her.
The thought of insane asylums is also enough to bring out the anger in me. This is because of the countless screwed up things they used to do to people in them. This game is a good example of the stuff they did and to people who didn’t understand. They were also people who were basically thrown away by everyone, out of sight and out of mind. Ultimately, It’s an emotionally charged game and it can easily bring out your humanity.
Overall, The Town of Light features a very emotional story, one that’s both sad and powerful. It’s also an important story because it allows those without mental illnesses to see what living with them is like. It’s not fun, in the least, and it’s often very debilitating. The game is still apart of the walking simulator genre so it might now be something everyone will find interesting but seriously, play it simply for the story. It’s a game everyone should experience at least once to gain an understanding of mental illnesses.
Thanks for reading the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!