White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is a Korean horror game on PS4, and it is set in a school – so you know it’s proper horror. Learn more in our White Day: A Labyrinth Named School review!
Before you can even get started with the game, you’ll need to adjust the screen brightness. You know you’re about to play a horror game when you are asked to adjust your screen’s brightness, so that figure A can’t be seen and figure B is almost invisible. Once you’ve taken care of that, the game will begin with a short cut-scene to set up the scene – a colorful scene to contrast with the terror you’re about to face.
The game has five difficulty settings for you to choose from: Very Easy, Easy, Normal, Hard and Hell. Hell is locked at first, so you’ll need to open it up before you can give it a go. As a heads-up, you can get to all endings while playing on Very Easy or Easy, but if you want to collect all stories, you’ll need to be playing on Normal. There are also ghosts to find in the game, but to get all of them you need to be playing at least on Hard.
You play as Hee-Min Lee, a kid who just wanted to sneak into school the day before White Day to hide a box of candies for the girl he likes. Unfortunately, once inside the door closes behind him, so you’re left with no option but to explore to school to try and find a way out. To make things worse, there’s a crazy janitor out to get you, not to mention the souls of those who have died in this location.
As for gameplay, you’ll be able to run by holding the L1 button, or you can crouch by holding down the Square button. Running allows you to travel faster, but it can also alert the janitor to your location. You also can’t run forever since after running for too long you’ll start to feel dizzy. You can interact with objects with the X button – this is easy to do since objects will glow in order to lead you to them. Once you find a lighter, you’ll be able to use it with the R1 button – this will provide a small light source so that you can see some of the things around you. Using the lighter is a good idea since turning on a light might alert the janitor to your location.
As you explore the school, you’ll end up finding documents that might offer a tip or two on what you need to do next. You’ll quickly learn that you need to save your progress at one of the bulletin boards in the school, but for this, you’ll first need to find a felt-tip pen to make a record. For Resident Evil fans out there, felt-tip pens are like ribbons – every time you save you’ll end up using one of them from your inventory.
There are also healing items to find during your adventure, so be sure to grab any Instant Lunchbox, Cofee, Soy Milk, Tranquilizer or First Aid Kits that you can find. You never know when you’re going to really need one of these items, so you better always have a good supply just in case things go wrong.
This one features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and it’s one that will keep you busy for a while. There are several endings for the game, so you’ll need to check what you’ve done to reach one ending so that you can then focus on getting the rest. There are also trophies for finding all ghosts, as well as another one for finding old figurines in the school – creepy human-shaped figurines. You’ll also get trophies for dying, as well as for starting each new section of the school. You’ll need to finish the game so many times, that you’d be easily looking at 50+ hours of gaming to even make a difference on your path to Platinum.
White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is an entertaining horror game that hits all the right notes. There’s plenty of content to experience, not to mention several difficulty settings so that players of all skill levels can enjoy its story and setting. If you’re looking for a horror game on PS4 to scratch that itch, then you definitely need to check this one out!
This White Day: A Labyrinth Named School review is based on a PS4 copy provided by PQube.