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Review: The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature

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Trying to find your place in the world can be a daunting task! Subsequently, you will experience a range of emotions, from heart-wrenching lows to euphoric highs. You quickly realise that you have little control over what is to be, and whatever life has in store for you, you mustn’t lose faith. Destiny and fate play their part, and you must go with the flow no matter what the world throws at you. This is the concept behind The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature. It is a dark, romantic tale set in a beautiful and fearful world.

Developed by La Belle Games and published by ARTE Experience, this is a decision-based adventure title. It is a touching tale that highlights the best and worst in humanity. Furthermore, it is set in a beautiful pastel world that unfolds to the most striking of soundtracks. Moreover, if this game doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, then I’m sure you are the monster and not the creature whom you control.

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature is full of dark imagery.
A cruel reflection of yourself.

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is wonderfully cathartic.

No matter what way you look at it, The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature will resonate. Consequently, at least 1 of the 20 chapters will be an eye-opening cathartic experience. You will witness the innocence of children, the fear of mankind, and the beauty of nature. On top of this, your decisions will have far-reaching ramifications that impact the protagonist’s mediocre existence. Therefore, it is wise to think before you act as a considered approach may improve the outcome of this dark tale.

You play as Frankenstein’s creature, a monster so hideous that his creator has abandoned him. You have no memory of who you are or why you exist. What’s more, you do not understand why the surrounding world is so cruel to you. Through exploration, harsh encounters, and moments of fleeting fortune, you forge your path in life. However, no matter how hard you try, you cannot get over the feeling of abandonment and solitude. Will you accept your empty existence, or will you fight to create a little piece of happiness?

Some beautiful moments.

Where this tale excels is its emotive plot and minor gameplay elements. The action revolves around 20 chapters of the creature’s evolution. As the game progresses, he becomes wise to humanity’s ways, but also tired of their hatred. During each segment, you must wander small but beautiful environments, searching for clues and completing minuscule tasks. Whether it was playing a musical instrument, completing remedial tasks, or helping at a carnival, the objectives were never challenging.

Yet, there are some moments that stand out for their creative or gruesome elements. I adored the basic puzzling elements that added some depth to the simple adventuring mechanics. You are expected to collect items, search for clues, and use some rudimentary logical thinking. However, if this isn’t your thing, then worry not as you may love the gruesome ideas. Solitude is enough to drive any creature mad, so if no one will be your friend, you may need to take drastic measures. Whatever these are, I won’t spoil them for you, but they’ll make you wince while wondering what the heck is happening.

So many varied landscapes.
So many stunning landscapes.

Visual novel mechanics.

What took me by surprise was how the developers incorporated their decision-making elements. It was strange that every branch of the plot relied on dialogue choices. Subsequently, I found it bizarre that an adventure title would rely so heavily on visual novel mechanics. Normally, I’d expect progress to be made through actions rather than words, yet The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is stuck in its ways.

Every key moment pauses the action while you consider your options. Do you flee from a high-risk encounter, or fight your aggressors? Alternatively, will you pursue happiness or accept your destiny to be a lonely outcast? Whatever you choose will change the course of any playthrough. Consequently, you are left with an incredible amount of what-ifs! This would have been fantastic if a chapter selection had been added. As it is, to witness every possible outcome requires an awful lot of repetitive gameplay. Sadly, this undermines its slick nature and reduces the enjoyment considerably.

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is like a watercolour painting.

The protagonist knows not of who they are or why they exist. Therefore, it was apt that the opening chapters unfold as he beings to explore. Furthermore, the world is a fascinating and dangerous place that reveals itself as if by magic. I loved the surreal nature of the imagery that was presented like a watercolour painting. The blend of pastel tones and warm backdrops juxtaposes the cold and callous way the creature is treated. Furthermore, striking colours and the use of shadow add drama to some of the darker scenes.

The atmosphere was enhanced further because of the amazing audio. The use of stringed instruments and sombre tunes capture the creature’s desperate state of mind. On top of this, there are lighthearted moments when luck is on your side. These breaks in the depressing nature of the plot were a welcome relief. Alongside the fascinating soundtrack was tough to swallow sound effects. Screaming humans, dogs barking, and the sound of fear are all used to heighten the hatred felt towards the lead character.

Will religion be your guiding light?
Will you choose religion to comfort you?

It’s easy to play.

Though much of the action takes place in surreal locations, it is still easy to follow. Thanks to a shimmering hue, you always know how to proceed. Alongside this, any mini-games or tasks are simple to understand. Each requires some basic skills to overcome and none will challenge you or prevent you from progressing. With little instruction, you will be able to play this with ease while enjoying the bizarre nature of the plot.

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature has a disappointingly small story. With only 20 short chapters to experience, this is seriously lacking in longevity. However, if you wish to see every ending and unlock all the achievements, then you must replay it several times. Therefore, there is replay value if you are a completionist.

The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is a wonderful reimagining of a classic tale.

Whenever I see developers reimagining classic tales, I get a little worried. Yet, I had no need to fear as The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is wonderfully tasteful. It completely flips the story on its head and demands that you see the world from the creature’s point of view. Furthermore, the aesthetics are truly stunning, as are the brutally dark moments. Subsequently, I adored it and I recommend that you buy it here! People fear what they don’t understand, yet you don’t know where you fit in. Can you carve your own path, or are you destined to be cursed by isolation and solitude?

SUMMARY

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature is a strikingly beautiful twist on a much-loved story. Experience the world through the eyes of the creature and feel what it is like to be alone and desperate for love.


+ Stunning watercolour backdrops.
+ Beautiful environments to explore.
+ Wonderful emotive audio.
+ Many unique decisions to make.
+ Easy to play.
+ A stunning story.

- No chapter selection option.

( Rating PEGI 7 Stong Violence Release date 16/03/2022 Price £12.49)


(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)


Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature</em> is a strikingly beautiful twist on a much-loved story. Experience the world through the eyes of the creature and feel what it is like to be alone and desperate for love.</p><br/> + Stunning watercolour backdrops. <br/> + Beautiful environments to explore. <br/> + Wonderful emotive audio. <br/> + Many unique decisions to make. <br/> + Easy to play. <br/> + A stunning story. <br/> <br/> - No chapter selection option. <br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b/> Rating</b> PEGI 7 Stong Violence <b>Release date</b> 16/03/2022 <b>Price</b> £12.49)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)</p><br/>