Perseverance: Part 1 – PC Review

Faris

Faris

Reviewer at The Drastik Measure
I am Faris, an eternal student in making, anime enthusiast, gamer and an avid reader. I mostly prefer RPGs and Turn-Based Strategies, alongside Visual Novels.
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Genre: Adventure, Indie
Developer: Tap It Games, Bit Golem
Publisher: Tap It Games
Release Date: Jul 24, 2018
Edited by KnightAvenger

Perserverance: Part 1 is the first part of Perseverance, an episodic horror visual novel by the Polish developer Tap It Games.

The story of the first part focuses mostly on Jack, a husband and father with problems, struggling to maintain his family. In the town of Grey Ville where they live, there is an incident and the place is put under a quarantine.

The story is very short in this part, being about two hours maximum, depending on the reading speed. For reference, it took me an hour and a half to finish it without trying to rush and also having the game running in the background while I alt-tabbed for a while. Since it’s an episodic VN, it is not that unusual, but I still think it was a little bit too short. While it’s short, there is some replayability to it, as there are quite a few choices and some of them do actually matter and change the course of the game somewhat, but not by a lot. Still, due to the sheer number of choices, the length of the game can be stretched up a little.

The story itself is pretty okay for the opening episode. It’s clearly inspired by things such as Walking Dead and other zombie-related media. While it’s unclear if the game has zombies per se, there are indications that it does. While the story is pretty interesting (albeit short), it is filled with a multitude of typos and grammatical errors. It is not broken English and it doesn’t take much interpretation to figure out what is being said nor is it too distracting. Since the studio itself is from Poland, it’s not unexpected there would be errors, but for the amount of text that is present in this VN, I believe the number of problems is still pretty high.

There is no voice acting, and, due to the length of the game, the soundtrack is also pretty short but not bad. It fits the game and the atmosphere, but I don’t think it’s anything exceptional. What is pretty exceptional to me, however, are the visuals. The look of the game is very much inspired by western graphic novels rather than anime and it keeps this look consistently throughout, with their character sprites, backgrounds, and in the “cutscenes” which serve as CGs.

All in all, it’s a solid start for a studio that hasn’t done much in the way of visual novels by now and the western look and feel of it might be a bit refreshing to some people. While I find it to be too short for my liking, it’s still only $3.50 (USD) on Steam, which I feel the game is more than worth the price. I do recommend it to fans of the horror genre and VNs, and I can only hope that each subsequent episode is better than this one.

Pros:

  • Looks nice
  • The story is interesting
  • Music is okay

Cons:

  • Very short
  • Quite a few typos and grammatical mistakes for how long it is
  • No voice acting

Faris gives Perseverance: Part 1 a Drastik Measure of 7.3 out of 10 (73)