Review – Yesterday – Not Quite The Spooky Puzzler It Wants To Be

Some of the dialogue and situations make Yesterday goofy rather than eerie.

Yesterday is a point-and-touch adventure/puzzle game. The game was originally released on PC by Pendulo Games and ported to Android and iOS by BulkyPix.

Recommended Videos

It revolves around an investigation into serial killings of the homeless. The initial cut-scene strikes a particularly grim, promisingly gruesome, tone to the game, but a tone that the game doesn’t quite hold up as you proceed through it. For one, the dialogue is of a particularly cheesy, poorly written quality that, more often than not, robs the game of its mood. The cell-shaded graphical style is also too whimsical looking for the storyline. A few of the early antagonists are too-over-the-top crazy to be taken seriously. Working in its favour, the storyline is adult in nature — murder, cults, psychological traumas, and sexual themes are all explored. In the end Yesterday often fails in maintaining the grisly mood that is initially set up.

As for the game itself. It is well polished. The puzzles make sense, mostly. The pacing is at the skill of the player. There are no consequences for making wrong choices. You’re given as much time as you need in any area until you’ve solved all the necessary puzzles to move on to the next area. The game doesn’t let you make mistakes. You can’t incorrectly solve a puzzle, incorrectly combine objects, or incorrectly respond to other characters. As such the game is exceptionally linear in nature, there is only the singular story path to proceed along.

The graphics are not very creepy

In terms of gameplay, Yesterday has one innovative and time-saving feature. In all other point-and-click adventure games, if you move from one screen location to another screen location you have to wait for your character to travel between them, usually a slow saunter to try your patience. In Yesterday, you simply fade out at your current location and fade in at the new location, the movement between the two locations is implied. A real time-saver, and allows you to move through the game at a quicker pace, not needing to wait for your character to traverse across the screen to and fro, over and over again.

It’s not a terrible game, by any measure. It just feels uneven in its presentation. It doesn’t stack up well against The Walking Dead or The Room, but if you are a fan of point-and-click adventure/puzzle games, then this is an inexpensive purchase.

6
Review – Yesterday – Not Quite The Spooky Puzzler It Wants To Be
Some of the dialogue and situations make Yesterday goofy rather than eerie.

GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Spirt City: Lofi Sessions Review — An Interactive Wellness Journey That Inspires
Rating: 8
Character at desk on laptop with ramen bowl and critter beside them
Read Article South Park: Snow Day Review — D&D-Inspired Gameplay Done Right
Rating: 9
Players standing in a line with their backs to the screen, facing Mr. Hankey on a pedestal
Read Article Midnight Ghost Hunt 1.0 Review: Prop Hunt Meets Campy Horror Classics
Rating: 8
Ghost attacking the Hunters' generator
Read Article Dragon’s Dogma 2 Review: Everything the Dragon Coveted and More
Rating: 8.5
the main red dragon in dragons dogma 2
Read Article Alone in the Dark Review: Dive into the Secrets of Decerto
Rating: 7
Edward Carnby looking at an abandoned mansion room
Related Content
Read Article Spirt City: Lofi Sessions Review — An Interactive Wellness Journey That Inspires
Rating: 8
Character at desk on laptop with ramen bowl and critter beside them
Read Article South Park: Snow Day Review — D&D-Inspired Gameplay Done Right
Rating: 9
Players standing in a line with their backs to the screen, facing Mr. Hankey on a pedestal
Read Article Midnight Ghost Hunt 1.0 Review: Prop Hunt Meets Campy Horror Classics
Rating: 8
Ghost attacking the Hunters' generator
Read Article Dragon’s Dogma 2 Review: Everything the Dragon Coveted and More
Rating: 8.5
the main red dragon in dragons dogma 2
Read Article Alone in the Dark Review: Dive into the Secrets of Decerto
Rating: 7
Edward Carnby looking at an abandoned mansion room
Author
Poetic Stanziel
Just a dude who likes to write about games, comic books, television, and film.