Call of the Sea Analysis

The universe of cosmic horror created by H.P. Lovecraft has already served as inspiration for several films and games, such as Bloodborne and Call of Cthulhu. And now, the developer Out of the Blue decided to drink from this source, launching on December 8th Call of The Sea, its action and puzzle title based on the works of the famous writer.

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But is this indie game worth it? Check out our review to find out!

Norah the adventurer

In Call of the Sea we went back to the year 1934 and followed the journey of Norah Everhart, a woman affected by a disease that medicine cannot explain and that has already taken the lives of other members of her family, including her mother.

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Our protagonist is in search of her husband Harry, who left on an expedition precisely to find a cure for his beloved, but ends up disappearing in an enigmatic way.

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The only clue to the man’s whereabouts is a mysterious package containing a photo of him, a key, a strange ritualistic knife and a note with maritime coordinates, which take the character to a beautiful paradise island in eastern Tahiti.

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However, the place does not seem to have been made to enjoy and relax, showing remnants of a lost civilization that point to a dark and secretive past that seems to have driven Henry’s crew and another vessel, Lady Shannon, to madness.

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As the plot unfolded, we discovered more details about the unfortunate ending of those who dared to set foot on the island, how their sanity gradually faded, and we are forced to help Norah make a difficult decision: to live or to love.

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Even with inspirations in “Cosmicismo”, the game is not part of the horror genre, being pulled more into a tale of mystery and love with many investigations to be carried out.

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Its duration is short, but the plot is engaging and very well presented, and the comments that the protagonist makes to herself when exploring the place help to understand more about her past, her marriage and the bitter future that her illness can bring.

The constant search to solve the mystery

The main style of the title is puzzle, that is, you have to explore each scenario very carefully to find all the necessary clues that will lead to the puzzle solution.

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Every time Norah sees something important, a new note will appear in his notebook, and it is with these tips that the player needs to unravel the problems to advance to the next area and understand more about the fate of Henry and the evil that affects our explorer.

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For those who like this genre, the title will surely have a lot of fun. Now, if it’s not your beach, it could be that Call of The Sea start to get a little tiring, especially in the third chapter, in which the amount of puzzles to be solved left me a little confused and I was running for a while until I found the right order of everything.

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And for those who like to tweak every corner of the maps, the interesting thing is that there are secret items in each chapter, which are special collectibles that grant part of the trophies needed to platinize the game.

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Worth it?

Even with some puzzles being a bit confusing and taking a while to unveil, the game is relatively short. That is, even if you get stuck in some moments, you will not end up extremely bored or frustrated, and when you find the solution, you will still be presented with yet another piece of the plot and mystery of Norah’s life.

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The graphics are simple, but beautiful. The island goes from very colorful to dark moments in a well thought out transition, and together with references to the universe of H.P. Lovecraft, it is a full plate for those who want to try something new on a weekend and still have time to do other things.

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After all, every game has its share of little problems, but if you’re a fan of the author and enjoy a good story with two well thought out endings, then it’s very worth giving a chance to Call of The Sea.

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Call of The Sea was kindly provided by Raw Fury to carry out this analysis.

“Call of the Sea is a deep dive into the Lovecraftian universe, but with the necessary protections to keep abyssal terrors away”

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