You died. Now you have to escape your cell, traverse a wasteland filled with strange creatures, solve puzzles and make choices. Your afterlife depends on your actions, are you going to heaven or to hell? Make your choice. This is the overall story of the game Tormentum: Dark Sorrow. It’s made by Oh Noo Studios, a three man team with ambitions of grandeur. The team based the world and artwork on the paintings of famous artists H.R. Giger and Zdzislaw Beksinski. H.R. Giger was a Swiss surrealist most famous for being part of the team that won Alien their Academy Award for design. All of his artwork is on display in his own museum in Zurich. His style of artwork usually melds man and machine in what he called biomechanical. Zdzislaw Beksinski was from Poland and worked more on dystopian surrealism in a more environmental for his earlier works. For his later works he focused more on dulling the background and unnatural lighting on the subject of the painting. In true dystopian fashion he was murdered in his home for refusing to loan his caretaker’s son $100.
While the style of H.R. Giger and Zdzislaw Beksinski are more dark fantasy and gothic, I feel like the themes and style of the puzzles is way more steampunk. The mechanics are simple, it’s a point and click. Some of the puzzles are challenging but there are notes throughout the game that will make things make a little more sense. You might get stuck, you might get frustrated, hell you might even give up once or twice, but the beauty of this game will draw you in and hold you till you lose your sanity. I mean until you finish the game. For those of you like myself there are achievements and there are different endings so there is replayability. I don’t really want to give away the game but I would like to talk about my favourite part of the game.
My favourite part of this game is the cathedral. A blind old man has been trapped in this cathedral for…well I’m not sure how long he’s been there. All this time he’s been painting. There are dozens of paintings and the old man gives you paint and a brush to fix up 30 of them. But he also has a pet, this pet is kind of a dick, instead of fixing up 30 painting you can destroy 3. In both my playthroughs I spent a solid hour picking and deciding which painting I would restore. The art is amazing, for a three man team I don’t know how they were able to create such an awe inspiring visuals. Everything from hanging tree’s to tortured souls you will find plenty of artwork you want to as backgrounds.
Speaking of artwork there is also an art book that you can purchase from the OhNoo website, it’s 64 pages of full colour for $49.99. You can also bundle it with the game from $59.99, or you can purchase just the game from Steam, Google Play, or Apple play for $12.99. Though word on the street, and by street I mean the Internet Highway, is that Steam Summer Sale starts on the 23rd. So I implore you to get this game it’s worth the full price but if you can get it on Steam during the sale you can save yourself some money. If you are interesting in looking at some of OhNoo’s other projects their website is www.ohnoo.com.