The 25th Ward: The Silver Case PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on The 25th Ward: The Silver Case by Grasshopper Manufacture, Active Gaming Media and NIS America.
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 25th Ward: The Silver Case is a visual novel set within the Kill the Past universe that was first introduced with The Silver Case back in 1999. This game acts as a sequel to the original game and takes place within a new district and sheds new light on the world of The Silver Case.
The game was originally released for mobile devices in Japan and has now been remastered and re-released on PS4 and PC.
The story is split into 3 unique arcs, each with 5 or 6 chapters. The first arc follows members of the Heinous Crimes Unit (HC Unit) that’s based within the 25th Ward. The second story arc follows 2 members of a rival faction known as the Regional Adjustment Bureau. Finally, the third story arc follows a former reporter named Tokio Morishima. There are many unique character’s that you’ll meet over the course of the game and some of them you may recognize from the first game, if you’ve played it.
One key difference between this game and the first game is that you have little control over your movements in the game. You no longer walk around of your own volition. Instead you use the arrows, or mouse, to highlight/click on popups to move around. Another key difference is that there is a great many more puzzles in this game to solve. Most of the puzzles revolve around numbers and figuring out passwords. The game gives you hints so they aren’t too difficult to figure out.
Overall, The 25th Ward: The Silver Case is a pretty interesting game but I kinda feel that it falls short of the original game. It’s got a good story and it was great finding out what happened to many of the original characters after the events of the first game but… I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first game for some reason. I will say that I loved the new and improved art style and the writing was great too. The soundtrack was pretty darn amazing as well. If you enjoyed the first game as much as I did then you’ll likely enjoy this one too.
Thanks for taking the time to read this short review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!