Distraint: Pocket Pixel Horror (Android) - Ramblin' Review

Distraint, as it is obscure word of a name implies, is about an up and coming lawyer trying to win his partnership into a law firm by collecting overdue rents or kicking out the unfortunate inhabitants. Just like real life, it's not always as simple as just showing up and collecting the keys. 

You are often tasked with solving puzzles to navigate your way through any individual apartment, and this leads to a blend of sidescrolling exploration and point and click style item collection and utilization. Thankfully, the whole process is streamlined into a familiar 3 slot inventory system and an exclamation point that pops up in front of objects of interest that can be examined or interacted with. 

Of course, in addition to these puzzles, there are plenty of weird goings on that ratchet up the creepy atmosphere. They even sometimes provide some jump scares, like when the zombie elephant begins chasing you in your own apartment, seen below. 

As you progress through the game's two hour length, the story becomes a little more unnerving, and you start to have more episodes of paranormal activity to keep the creepiness coming. 

It's worthy of one playthrough, and it's free on Google Play and (edit) $ 0.99 on iOS 'appstore, with the option of paying $ 1.49 to remove ads, which I highly recommend to keep yourself in the game. 

7.5 / 10

Check back tomorrow for another spooky game review. 


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