The Last Door: Season 2 (Android) Review

By Drew Hurley 05.06.2017

Review for The Last Door: Season 2 on Android

This new season of The Last Door picks up immediately where the first left off. The protagonist of the previous title, one Jeremiah Devitt, is now missing, too, and his therapist, Dr. John Wakefield, steps into the spotlight. Wakefield is determined to track down Jeremiah, even if he may now be lost in The Veil, the dark world beside our own. After enlisting the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Johan Kaufmann, Wakefield begins a journey that will pit him against dark conspiracies, ancient secret societies, and eventually The Veil itself.

A key requirement for adventure games are puzzles that manage to be both interesting and challenging. This is an area that The Last Door has had issues with in both the first season and this one. Some of the puzzles are fantastic, with smart solutions and designs hitting that sweet spot between tricky and obtuse. The problem is these puzzles are in the minority, while the majority are rather mediocre - and worse yet, there are maze puzzles. Mazes are rarely done well, and, sadly, The Last Door doesn't manage to solve their age-old problems, either.

Screenshot for The Last Door: Season 2 on Android

The puzzles are lacking, then, and they are an essential aspect of the adventure game. The other aspect is the storytelling. This is not a let-down. The story is filled with enough intrigue, twists and turns to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable and captivating tale. It's not just a good story, either, but a good scary story. This is a horror game through and through, and it fully delivers on that premise. Not with cliché jump scares, but with quality atmospheric design. Darkness plays a big part, as does the creepy level designs and suspenseful storytelling.

The visuals are charming. The type of blocky pixels that encapsulated an age of gaming are faithfully recreated here, giving a unique pixel version of good old Victorian England. The audio, too, harkens back to the classics, while also breaking new ground. Honestly, the audio is potentially the best aspect here. There is no voice acting, but the soundtrack is chilling and the sound effects are a masterclass in audio design. Few games manage to evoke such genuine scares from their audience. There is the odd technical issue; chief amongst them is the touch interface. For most general use, it's fine, but it gets a little annoying when trying to click on small items, often requiring numerous attempts to actually interact with the desired object.

Screenshot for The Last Door: Season 2 on Android

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

A highly enjoyable little tale that shows that true horror in gaming can be delivered regardless of the style of game it is packaged up in. Anyone looking for a good scare needs only get their mobile device of choice, sit in a dark room with some decent headphones, and enjoy the experience. It's just a shame that some poor puzzles and awful mazes end up sullying the final product. The Last Door did so well initially thanks to a Kickstarter, and developer The Game Kitchen has another game up for backing on there now. Entitled Blasphemous, it looks to be a new beautifully grotesque addition to their catalogue - a gorgeous pixelated monstrosity birthed from Castlevania and Dark Souls.

Developer

The Game Kitchen

Publisher

Phoenix Online Studios

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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