For a lot of people school is a source for nightmares and anxiety. That’s no exception for Youngho, a Korean freshman with failing grades. A night of cramming leads him to fall asleep during his exams but when he wakes up something is different. He has awaken in the Coma and he’s not alone. With the help of a mysterious “Ghost Vigilante,” you must guide Youngho through this shadow world and find a way out. This fast paced survival game has you running from your favorite teacher, who now is a knife wielding psychopath controlled by one of the shades. You must fix your grades and get out of this living Hell before your stalker gets you.
The Devespresso Game’s korean cult classic, The Coma, has been remastered for this new ‘recut’ version. This horror survival game is rated T for Teen due to violence and blood which means you know it’s going to be a great horror game. Like most alternate dimension, school based horror games this world is dark and freaky. The coma is not a place you want to wake up in after a nice nap. This game has you puzzling the whole time as you are trying to figure out how the characters all fit together. Why is Mrs. Song a crazy murderer in this shadow world and why is Youngho here? Is it really only because of grades? As you play you start to question the importance of school and good grades!
The 2D art style of this game is interesting and is well rendered for a game of this genre. One of my favorite little details about the game is that the save stations are the chalk boards. I really wish though that the music fit the atmosphere more. When you aren’t being chased by the stalker the music sounds almost like elevator music. I wish it was more spooky to add to the suspense of the game or even just ominous noises and no music at all. Something to just put you on edge and keep you there. I get too relaxed with the elevator tunes and almost forget there is a threat. If we were really in the game we would never feel safe with a knife wielding Ms. Song on the loose.
This is another game that I suggest using a controller for even if you are playing on PC. Quick get aways are necessary and using a controller helps with this.
Don’t forget to read your notes that you are picking up. I started to forget and it made the story line more confusing. So make sure you take the time to pick up notes and actually read them so you understand what is going on.
Another element the game adds is that you can find coins to use in the vending machines around the school. Things like water and energy drinks help keep your stamina up. You can also purchase bandages to regain HP. These things definitely come in handy when you’re being constantly chased.
The Coma: Recut is available for PC (Steam), Xbox One and PlayStation 4.