Parents' Guide to

Doorways: Chapters 1-3

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark horror game is more tedious than scary or violent.

Game Windows 2014
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Doorways wants desperately to be like Frictional Games' Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but it never comes close. The graphics might be nice, but who can tell? The lighting's so dim you really can't see much of anything (even if you crank the gamma up on your PC monitor). After starting with a goofy story idea, the writing makes things worse by seesawing back and forth between impressive and awkward; in some cases, the dialogue seems like poor English translation. Worse, long sections of uneventful exploration are only broken up by scares that are so evenly placed you can see them coming a mile away.

The result is one long slog through dark, similarly maze-like environments, an experience that's less frightening and more of a chore. The sound design makes a valiant attempt at adding some tension, and the monsters are adequately creepy, but ultimately, Doorways: Chapters 1-3 is more tedious than terrifying.

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