In one of the most anticipated games for Switch, Unforeseen Incidents, players take on the role of a high school student as they race to save mankind from an alien invasion. The world was warned about these extraterrestrials and now it’s up to you and your classmates to stop them before it’s too late!
One of the reasons I enjoy the Nintendo Switch so much is that it is frequently updated with ports of games that were previously only available on the PC. These are games that, for the most part, slipped under my attention when they originally came out, at least for me. Many games have been able to benefit on a second wave of interest as a result of being effectively re-released on the Switch. Unforeseen Incidents, a point-and-click adventure by German developer Backwards Entertainment, is one such example. Prior to its Switch release, I had never heard of this game, but I’m so glad I did today.
You play as Harper, a handyman in the little hamlet of Yelltown, in Unforeseen Incidents. Harper finds engaged in a terrible plan after meeting a mystery lady dying of a rare sickness. Harper seeks to find out what is causing the fatal illness outbreaks with the assistance of his scientific pal MacBride and a persistent journalist named Helliwell. With the current epidemic spreading the world, I have to say that the idea of this game touched near to home in a number of ways.
Check her with a nose swab.
Unforeseen Incidents is an adventure game with a point-and-click interface. This implies it uses the same controls and fundamental strategies as the rest of the genre. You’ll interact with items and people using your cursor, and you’ll take all that it permits. Speak to everyone you come across as many times as possible to unlock all conversation options and, perhaps, critical information. You should also scrutinize each object you gather carefully for hidden features and possible clues. As I previously said, all of the typical point-and-click ideas are included.
In this scenario, that’s the hero we’re looking for!
A point-and-click adventure’s puzzles are what make or break it. The game must be tough enough to avoid becoming monotonous, but it must also include answers that make sense. Nothing is more aggravating than being stuck in a part and unable to proceed, giving up and seeking up the answer in a walkthrough, just to discover that you could never have predicted such an abstract solution.
Unforeseen Incidents, thankfully, seems to remain in that perfect place of being tough but not ridiculous. However, there is one point of the game where you’ll need to know how to type instructions into a computer in order to access certain information, and I can see this being a problem for many players. On the plus side, since the game’s first release in 2018, there are a plethora of instructions.
You’re going to have a hard time if you don’t know how to enter instructions into a computer like this.
I’m happy to say that Unforeseen Incidents plays really well on the Switch. I only had one minor issue in the beginning when I couldn’t figure out how to inspect my items, because it wasn’t made clear how to do so at the start. Luckily, I figured it out after playing around with the controls for a while. Aside from that though, the rest of the game’s controls are wonderful, with the cursor moving at a good pace and Harper walking at a fairly swift speed. The best part of playing Unforeseen Incidents on the Switch is that it has full touchscreen support. As I mentioned recently in my Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered review, I’m honestly shocked that most point-and-click games for the Switch don’t take advantage of this feature. It makes the experience much easier, so I’m grateful it’s present here.
It’s just another day at the RHC.
Unforeseen Incidents’ art style was also very appealing to me. Hand-painted visuals are used throughout the game, which is set in a 2.5D setting. There were also a surprising amount of backdrops, which gave the game a new vibe throughout most of it. People may be put off by the rather cartoonish look of the character models at first sight, but each one is distinct and given a considerable amount of depth. Only when there were closeup pictures of characters during a few sequences did the graphics deteriorate. The photos seemed stretched in many cases, and some of the details were unclear. However, these occasions are rare and far between.
Unforeseen Incidents has excellent sound design. Every single vocal performance was outstanding, which is surprising given that it was produced by an independent company. The characters were credible because of their fun banter, caustic remarks, and genuine sounding responses to the story’s events. Soon after, I began to feel true concern for them. The music was also excellent, perfectly creating the tone for the game’s secrets and horrors. The whole experience is drenched in atmospheric tension, which is amplified by the music’s understated yet excellent composition.
For over two years, I’ve been hearing the same thing.
I had a great experience working with Unforeseen Incidents. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t anticipating much more than your average point-and-click adventure, but it turned out to be much more. The narrative kept me interested the whole time, the characters were flawed but endearing, the visual design is much more gorgeous than it looks at first glance, and the voice performances sell each character. It may have a few problems, but they pale in comparison to everything else the game does well. I strongly advise you to read Unforeseen Incidents if you like the genre. This was a complete surprise to me.
A distinctive hand-painted painting style that, for the most part, looks terrific. At least until the cutscenes’ closeup shots, when everything seems stretched out and somewhat burred.
A point-and-click adventure game that, happily, utilizes the Switch’s touchscreen capabilities. My only criticism is that there isn’t a clear explanation of how to examine the objects you’ve selected.
The voice acting is excellent, and the soundtrack perfectly complements the mystery and terror that surrounds you.
The riddles, for the most part, make logical sense to solve. Only the areas where you must know how to write in computer instructions, which may frustrate some gamers, are an exception. The tale, on the other hand, is amazing and keeps you interested the whole time.
Final Score: 8.0
Unforeseen Incidents is out today for PC and Nintendo Switch.
On Switch, the game was reviewed.
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