LOCALHOST Mini Review

It’s your first day working at the repair shop. You have to wipe four drives, but will you be able to after getting to know them?

Yet another game that explores the concept of "humans ending the life of the machines they give life to". Available for all platforms, and in Spanish.

LOCALHOST is a short cyberpunk visual novel, in which you start your job as a computer technician and have to wipe four drives that don’t want to be wiped. They will talk to you as if they were human; but are they?

As every visual novel, the gameplay is as simple as it gets. Click to get through the text, pick what to say and pick which drive to talk to. The game opens up as a small window, which isn’t all that bad; there’s not much detail to see. But, this doesn’t mean the graphics are bad! The entire screen is composed of teals and purples, creating a rather sinister, yet harmonized, ambient. The robot’s eyes, however, change to the color of the drive you select, which makes it easier to determine who’s in the body.

The music of this game is definitely one to remember. It’s got six unique synth loops, each setting the perfect atmosphere for the situation. In the repair shop it plays a creepy basey loop. When you select a drive, it plays their own “theme song”, which can also tell you how the conversation will go.

This game costs only $4.99. In my personal opinion, it's totally worth that price. Even if it may not seem like much, being pretty short and simple, you can tell that a lot of effort went into making it. From the artwork, to the music and the dialogue, all together they form a unique experience that's worth exploring.

Our Rating
8
It’s your first day working at the repair shop. You have to wipe four drives, but will you be able to after getting to know them?
Reviewed On: PC
Games LOCALHOST Genres Indie Platforms PCMacLinux
Published Dec. 29th 2018

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