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The title of this review is strange; the game that is being reviewed is even stranger. Lots of times you come across a game that really confuses you, either with their themes, their weird gameplay mechanics or just the wonderment of why the developers chose to make this game in the first place. Gynophobia is one such game, which lingers between the confines of being controversial or just a meta-game?
While there have been games which have been a huge subject to controversy, especially in shooters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s infamous “No Russian” mission comes to mind when you think of that first and foremost, the other one could be the Postal series and its borderline offensive take on the sanctity of people that choose to enjoy games. Gynophobia however, is anything but offensive to anyone actually, except maybe spiders.
A GAME INSIDE OF A GAME
Gynophobia starts with the player character waking up to a doorbell, and peeping through the keyhole and noticing a woman, which (suffering from Gynophobia) renders him unable to open the door, later on he sees a spider which scares him as well, so he has not one but two fears, women and arachnids. So what can a video game character fully ridden with fear of spiders and women do? Well he can play video games.
The player character begins playing a video game, inside of the video game that you, the players are playing. As confusing as it sounds, it’s not very confusing when you actually play it, the game inside of Gynophobia is a doom like first person shooter game, where hordes of zombies chase after you and you must basically survive and outlive them. There’s another section that you get into after finishing that bit of the game where instead of just the undead, you also have giant spiders to funnel with your bullets.
TOO RETRO FOR IT’S OWN GOOD
The shooter mechanics are anything but fun, the hordes of zombies are boring to fight as you have only 2 weapons to choose from, the spiders don’t really do anything different than the zombies and just walk up to you and damage you, the hordes are annoying to fight but there are in-game exploits such as safe spots on almost every area where the hordes can’t hit you or get to you, which is way easier than clearing them out the normal way, and less boring too.
There’s one word that I can sum up the shooter mechanics in the game, retro. The retro shooter mechanics are somewhat fun to play as they remind you of older games such as Left 4 Dead and Half-Life, but the weapon variety being a pistol and assault rifle really makes it stale, even if the game is just 2 hours long at maximum, it needed to have more weapon variety to keep you engaged, and give you more ways to tackle hordes.
After playing the whole game in one go; it just doesn’t really do anything for me, in any department. The quirky story with the controversial title is what you call “click-bait” in modern terms. Simply put; the way this game plays and is designed is stale and uninspired, with an ending that is quite frankly anything but a social message like it was advertised. The art design screams retro and that is one of the things that I like about it but that’s just because of my bias towards games like Half Life and Left 4 Dead, but considering those games are decades old at this point, this game did not tick any boxes for me.
Gynophobia is the type of game that collectors of retro unheard of games put into their collection, because it is an inexpensive waste of time.
- Retro art design
- Uninspired game design
- Misleading title
- Pointless story
- Lack of variety in gunplay
- Simply boring