I Saw Black Clouds begins with a warning that tells you that the game features graphic depictions of suicide and then about four seconds later someone commits suicide. The deceased is a troubled girl named Emily and we move swiftly on to her funeral where we're introduced to Kristina and Charlotte who are determined to get to the bottom of why she did it. We play as Kristina, who is either English or Scottish depending on what scene you're in.
This is a live action interactive psychological thriller in which real actors do real acting just like in a real movie, only you control the action by making the decisions. In terms of writing, acting, and special effects, I Saw Black Clouds isn't on a level with something you'd see in the cinema, or even late night on Channel 5, feeling more on a par with an elaborate end of year school play. If you think that's scant praise then you clearly never came to one of our school plays.
The whole thing has a low budget feel to it, and not just because of the aforementioned acting or special effects. There's an awkward pause every time you have a decision to make which is totally understandable due to the nature of the title, but also inescapably distracting. The editing, too, could do with some work, as whenever you make choices the background music or conversations jarringly transition because you won't necessarily be watching the scenes in the order they were filmed.
The story pans out differently depending on choices that you make, and it's actually quite impressive how wildly different the plot paths can be. While you're always going to be funnelled into one of a handful of endings, how you get there can be totally different. We played it three times and while two runs were pretty similar, one was roughly half-comprised of footage we'd never seen before, and the narrative went in a totally different direction.
Ultimately, how much you enjoy I Saw Black Clouds is going to hinge on your appreciation level for schlocky horror and low-budget psychological thrillers. It's an amusing enough diversion, but the story may leave you unsatisfied depending on your route through the game, and there's nothing here that you haven't already seen in a dozen straight to DVD clangers starring Stephen Baldwin or Tara Reid.
What's the release date for this?
I'm always confused as to why the acting is usually just so bad in games like this. Surely there are competent actors and scriptwriters out that there that would love an opportunity like this??
The screencaps used in this review tell it all. Overly serious acting with a complete lack of emotion or reality to it.
I applaud Wales Interactive's commitment to story-based games of choice, but I feel like work could be done to improve their output.
All the games seem to follow such a similar tone as well. Would be nice for something different
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Very funny article 👏
Nevermind... its out now.
Think I will pass
It's Night Trap all over again! Did I just date myself with that reference?
I do like their other games, and this seems like more of the same. So it's probably something I'd very much enjoy even despite its issues.
@XinGViruS BABY DON'T HURT ME DON'T HURT ME NO M
I can't wait for the spin-off, "I Played I Saw Black Clouds" — featuring even more schlock.
@Andee hey if people want this then get their people to speak to my people and I'll play myself reviewing the game
@johncalmc I'll get in touch with Haddaway, for the soundtrack
@Grimwood yeah well your face won't be winning any oscars hows about that
So bad the Pros read like cons
"We play as Kristina, who is either English or Scottish depending on what scene you're in". 🤣 Great review.
Sounds like something I'd really like so will be getting this. Cheers!
"I Saw Black Clouds begins with a warning that tells you that the game features graphic depictions of suicide and then about four seconds later someone commits suicide."
That sounds so awkward! Is it so bad it's good?
@KippDynamite It is in parts. Like there are a some absolute clangers here. There's one guy who pulls a proper mad facial expression at one point while you're in the awkward wait for a few seconds as your answer processes bit and the first time I saw it I was howling laughing. The fight scenes look like they were choreographed by someone suffering from the bends. But I don't think it's quite in that bad it's good territory for the most part.
Not my cup of tea. I played Erica a while back and it was kind of fun but not really. I also don't have the patience to complete it twice to see what impact the other choices couldve had.
Sounds like Erica.
I found the acting pretty decent in that title.
It was let down by the horrific controls though. Using the touch pad was unnecessary and a nightmare.
It lead to me accidentally selecting the wrong option near the end and ruined the entire game for me.
Assume that's not a problem here? It wasn't mentioned?
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