The Somnium Files

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a game by Spike Chunsoft
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
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See also: Mystery Games, Anime Games, Visual Novel, Gore Games
The Somnium Files
The Somnium Files
The Somnium Files

The Somnium Files is a mystery adventure game set in Tokyo and takes place at some point in the near future. Released in 2019, the game was heavily praised for its exceptional writing and storytelling, and if you play the game yourself you'll completely understand why. It's tense, thought-provoking, and full of crazy plot twists like any good mystery game, so be sure to check it out if that's your kind of thing.

Dreams, crime scenes, and merry-go-rounds

The story starts with a murder at a theme park, where the victim’s body is found mounted on a merry-go-round horse. There’s a ruthless serial killer on the loose, and it's your job to track them down before anyone else meets the same fate.

Crime scene investigations are a given, but you'll also be entering people's dreams in search of clues thanks to a special new technology in the futuristic world of The Somnium Files. In these dreams, you’ll come across various puzzles that you’ll need to solve within a certain time limit before the dreamscape collapses, so you’ll have to be quick and careful.

Bit by bit you’ll unravel the mystery of The Somnium Files, and you’ll no doubt be surprised by the satisfying conclusion at the end, so be sure to play the game right through.

A quirky cast of characters

You’ll meet a variety of quirky characters in The Somnium Files including a genius engineer named Pewter and a pink-haired Net Idol named Iris Sagan but one of the most bizarre ones is a cute little AI called Aiba. Though tiny, Aiba will prove to be an incredibly useful asset on your adventure especially during crime scene investigations as it has a zoom function, x-ray vision, and hacking abilities. Be sure to make the most of Aiba’s toolset throughout the story!

Multiple endings

The Somnium Files has branching paths at certain points during the story that all lead to different endings. If you’re keen to explore the other endings after beating the game once, the game has a feature that lets you easily skip ahead to certain points in the story rather than replay it the whole way through, which is really convenient. Rating: 9 out of 10

The Somnium Files is an amazing game with a fantastic story that puts a fresh spin on the mystery game genre. Though sad and tense at times, the game is full of silly moments too that are sure to put a smile on your face.

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It's similar in many ways to other mystery games like Detroit: Become Human and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Justice for All, so if you enjoy those kinds of games then you should definitely download The Somnium Files and check it out.

Pros:

  • An incredible story full of surprises and twists
  • Appealing art style with an anime aesthetic
  • Great voice acting performances for all of the characters

Cons:

  • The controls aren’t the easiest to use
  • Though the art style is great the character animations are not very good and take away from the realism a bit
  • The humor in the game falls flat at times and can be quite childish

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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