GYLT from Tequila Works is a survival horror experience set in a creepy and melancholic world in which fantasy and reality collide. Check out our GYLT review!
GYLT from Tequila Works is a survival horror experience set in a creepy and melancholic world in which fantasy and reality collide. It’s a game that was originally released as a Stadia exclusive back in 2019, and it’s now made its way to PlayStation. Emily vanished one day. Many ended up losing hope and stopped looking for her a few weeks after this unfortunate event. You kept going, placing missing posters everywhere. She is, after all, your cousin. As Sally, you’ll be taking on a game that deals with some sensitive topics, which is why this one is not going to be for everyone.
One night, after placing several posters, a group of bullies starts to chase after Sally, which makes her tumble and fall from her bike. She makes her way to the cable car in hopes of being able to catch the last trip into town so that she can get home before the bullies can catch her. After mysteriously finding a ticket for the cable car and getting onboard, something weird happens.
When Sally arrives at the end of the trip, the lights start to go out, and the town looks as if an earthquake had left a ton of destruction all over the place. To make matters worse, there seem to be some monsters running around the school! Why is Sally at the school so late at night? Because she saw Emily through one of the windows on the second floor, so she decided to investigate and see why she would be hiding at school for over a month. As expected, you’ll have to sneak around and hide so that the monsters don’t get you. Sure, you can find a way to take them down, but that would void one of the trophies for you – more on these in a bit.
You’ll move your character with the left analog stick as you control the camera with the right analog stick. You can spring by pressing in on the left analog stick, and can interact by pressing the X button. Crouch by pressing the Circle button. If Sally is injured, you can use an inhaler with the Triangle button to heal her wounds. After completing the introduction tutorial segment, you’ll find a flashlight that you can use to light your path, but you need to be careful when using it, since the monsters can see the light and they will react to it and try to catch you. Press the Touchpad on the DualSense to open up the menu. From there, you can check your map and your inventory.
You’ll have to pay attention to each monster’s aura to get a better idea of what is going on. A white aura on a monster will mean that the monster is suspicious, but that Sally has not been spotted yet. A yellow aura means that it’s time to hide, because that monster has seen something suspicious, and will investigate the area. And if a monster has a red aura, that means you’ve been spotted, and the monster will start to directly chase you at a much faster pace.
Along with the monsters, you’ll also start to find what the game refers to as inhabitants. They are large entities of a blocky nature, and it’s up to you to free them up by locating enough shiny quartz to liberate them. If you want to 100% the game, along with the 10 inhabitants, you’ll also have to find all 10 quartz, 21 diaries, 6 memory pictures, and 6 caged canaries – needed to gain access to a special room with some of the aforementioned collectibles. And yes, finding all collectibles will be something you’ll have to do for your trophy run!
The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you, and as long as you don’t kill any of the monsters – with the exception of the two bosses – you can work on adding this easy Platinum trophy to your collection. The list includes 12 Bronze trophies, 11 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. The objectives include avoiding a cold by not walking on the freezing water at the start of the game, progressing through the game’s story, liberating all inhabitants, beating one of the bosses without being detected, beating another boss without being hit, or getting each of the game’s endings, to name some examples. If you need some extra help, you can check out this GYLT Trophy Guide.
GYLT is a survival horror experience set in a creepy and melancholic world in which fantasy and reality collide. As Sally, you’ll find yourself in a world that is similar to the one you´re familiar with… except, you know, for the whole monster situation. And the petrified people. And the larger monsters. It’s a game that you should be able to complete in around 3-4 hours or so, which is not bad for this $19.99 adventure. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version of the game available as a separate purchase with the same price.
This GYLT review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Tequila Works.