The Town of Light is a psychological horror adventure, but not as you might expect. It tells the horrific tale of a young girl with a mental illness. It all takes place within an Italian asylum, during the early twentieth century. You step into the sues of her older self, revisiting her past, and trying to piece together her memories as one of the patience. Based on true events, it sounds intriguing on paper. But the execution in telling this story isn't great.
From the opening scenes, it's apparent this adventure will be a slow burn. Apart from some nice visuals and a few puzzles, most of your time is spent walking and interacting with objects. It's practically a walking simulator, and not much else. You'll be slowly guided through narrative context, as you make your way throughout the environments. Many of the areas are rather spacious, and visually, it can look great. But it's not long before wandering these areas feel tedious and not very enjoyable to be in.
There are some collectibles to uncover, along with a few very light puzzles, but it's not enough to make exploring feel worth while. The Town of Light is all about the story, and if that's something your interested in, it's worth giving it a try. Although the plot can be confusing at times, it does capture the distressing moments of the younger girl's past.
The Town of Light is a walking simulator wrapped around harrowing events. If your intrigued from a narrative standpoint, then it's worth giving The Town of Light a try. But if your looking for a thrilling, heart pounding horror game with varied gameplay mechanics, this isn't the adventure for you.
Reviewed on Xbox One