Reminiscence in the Night by Team SolEtude and Ratalaika Games is a small yet interesting visual novel exploring a sensitive subject. Find out what it’s about in our Reminiscence in the Night review!
You’re trapped in your apartment. You have no memory of your past.
As you try to escape, you rapidly understand that you must confront your traumas, and the only way to do this is to let your choices guide you to freedom.
In Reminiscence in the Night from Team SolEtude and Ratalaika Games, the story starts with you waking up in your apartment. You are trapped there, and you don’t remember anything! Once you connect to your computer, you see a single person online: Sofia, one of your friends from a few years back. She recalls a moment you were talking with her when you received a call, and then you vanished. Being your friend, she tries to help you recover your memories, while you also try to find clues by exploring your apartment and talking to an unknown man when you cross to the other side of your mirror.
The game is a visual novel, so you will spend quite some time reading story bits as you explore your apartment and talk to Sofia. You’ll sometimes have dialogue choices to pick from, and pretty much all of them can have an impact on how the story evolves. Outside of the dialogue, you’re presented with an isometric view of your apartment, where you can move the cursor on the screen to interact with a few select objects. There are also some stairs you can select to go to the second floor where your room is, as well as a strange mirror that you can cross to visit the man in the garden.
Visually, the game is pretty limited as there are only two isometric scenes and a few things that you get close-up images of, but all of them are drawn incredibly well. There is a certain sense of calm throughout the game, and the visuals and the soundtrack contribute a lot to that.
When I started the game, I wasn’t really sure where it was headed, considering that the loss of memory is something I’ve seen a few times in video games before. As I played more, it brought in a sensitive subject related to memory loss, which I won’t spoil because it’s part of the story. Considering the game is rather short, it didn’t really dig deep into the subject, but it was at least interesting to see it brought up.
In terms of trophies, the Platinum is rather easy to get if you follow a guide. But if you don’t, it might take a few tries before you can do everything that is needed. The game has four different endings, so you’ll have to complete at least four playthroughs, probably a few more if you miss some of the trophies that are mutually exclusive when you have to pick from pairs of options.
Reminiscence in the Night is a short yet touching visual novel. It’s a short one, taking an evening for you to complete it as you try to go for the different endings it offers. Reminiscence in the Night is out as a cross-buy title on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 with a budget price of only $4.99.
This Reminiscence in the Night review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Ratalaika Games.