The Apartment - Psychological Thriller Game
The Apartment is quite unique mix of genres, bizarre combination of detective action adventure game and psychological horror with some interesting puzzles, all cleverly tied together with dark and heavy story. This game is titled as psychological thriller. It is not a pure horror and it's not just a story adventure either.
As detective James Sachs, you lead the investigation of several murders in your area. Young girls were found dead, arranged and with strange injuries that don't make any sense. It's up to you to find out who these girls were. Why were they killed. And find the murderer before he strikes again and solve the case. Case that might prove to be more difficult and challenging than you ever imagined.
Main gameplay of the action-adventure part focuses on detective work - exploring crime scenes, finding evidence, connecting clues, questioning witnesses, completing simple word puzzles or physics puzzles and more.
Not all evidence on the crime scene is crucial for finding the killer. There is also a lot of wrong choices you can make, wrong questions you can ask. So you will need to pay attention and think about your actions. Before your investigation ends up in a dead end.
There are several crime scenes, each one a little bit different. Some are focused more on finding evidence, other on creating timeline for the crime. There is also a lot of other smaller scenes with its own clues and objectives that reveal more about the investigation and push forward the main storyline.
You went to sleep in your apartment. In your own bed. But you woke up is a strange room that is not your own. All doors are locked. There is no way out. How did you get here? It doesn't matter. What are you doing here? What is your goal? Survive? Win? Escape? No matter what is happening, you can only be certain of one thing now - nothing makes sense anymore.
Horror part of The Apartment is focused more on psychological horror. There is no monster hunting you down. There are no jumpscares waiting around the corner (well there are, but there is only few of them) Instead, the main purpose is to create unsettling and eerie atmosphere and make the player as uncomfortable and creeped out as possible. Why? There is a reason for everything...
But don't get fooled. There is still a lot of ways you can die in this game.
The Apartment is very diverse in its environments (Just take a look at the screenshot gallery). Don't expect single, unchanging surroundings. This game is switching scenes and environments faster than you would imagine. Always trying to keep one step ahead of the player.
Path forward is often blocked with simple, yet interesting puzzles. Word puzzles, number puzzles, simple physics stuff, but also some play with light and shadows.
Even this part of the game still follows the main character - Detective James Sachs, but from very different perspective and it is still tied to the main story of this game.
It's quite difficult to describe this game accurately. If you want something to compare it to, this game would be a cross between Murdered: Soul Suspect, Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Silent Hill. Only on much smaller scale, of course.
There is no clear line between "investigation" and "horror" parts. You can never tell what is waiting around the next corner. Both worlds of reality and nightmare are slowly fusing together. But is there even such a thing as reality anymore?
Total gameplay time is 4 - 5 hours and the main story culminates in grand, mind-blowing finale.