The Death of Erin Myers

 

 

 

Genre:    Adventure 

Developer:   Viperante

Publisher:    Viperante

Released:   April 26, 2019              

Requirements (minimum):

  • OS: Windows 98/XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Processor: Dual Core @ 2 Ghz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX compatible graphics card
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Display capable of 1280x720 resolution

 

 

 

by Christopher Brendel

 

The Death of Erin Myers

Viperante

The Death of Erin Myers is a first person slideshow point-and-click adventure game. It is the second game by indie developer Viperante, whose first game, Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting, was released in 2012. Unlike the full-length Corrosion, The Death of Erin Myers is short -- only 1-2 hours of playtime. It is a short story in game form, the first of a planned anthology series.

The game begins with a simple premise: Erin Myers is dead. You, the player, experience key moments in her life to derive what happened and why. The story of the game is fantastically written. The tone is dark and gritty. Characters have distinct personalities, and Erin Myers is both interesting and relatable. The central mystery of "what happened?" is more than enough to drive players through the course of the story. The story itself is told non-linearly, which is unique and works well. There is a lot of material packed into the game's short length, with surprisingly detailed development of its protagonist.

Visually, the game works. The cold, sterile grittiness of the environments matches the tone of the story perfectly, and I was impressed by the quality of the visuals for a one-man indie game. The audio is even more impressive: the music creates a distinct atmosphere, and the sound effects are of high quality. There are no voices in the game; all dialog must be read. Distinctions between characters are defined by the color of text onscreen.

Where The Death of Erin Myers really shines is in its puzzles. As in Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting, the puzzles, which are inventory-based, are both intuitive and highly logical. Every step the player must take to proceed is carefully laid out in such a way that the puzzles feel natural rather than tagged on. The game is appropriately challenging. Puzzles are never too easy or too hard. There were two points in the game in which I had to think for a few minutes to figure out what to do next, but it didn't take long for an idea to pop into my head. In both instances, it turned out to be the right one.

Overall, The Death of Erin Myers is a fantastic short story game, and I definitely recommend it for fans of dark, story-focused adventures. For its small price tag, you can't go wrong!

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