Not going to lie, we weren’t hugely aware that there was even a CASE 1. We’ll sidestep our ignorance on that one and get our teeth into CASE 2: Animatronics Survival, which is out now on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC via Steam.
The first instinct is to dismiss this as a Five Nights at Freddy’s clone, with the freaky plushes switched out for animatronics. But CASE seems to have its own rabid fanbase: enough to warrant a sequel, and to give it a 9/10 score on Steam (the PC version of CASE 2 has been around for a fair while). There might be more to this survival horror than meets the eye.
Let’s hope there is, because the graphics are looking ropey, to say the least. There’s a block 2010-ness about the environments, and the grainy darkness can’t completely hide it. That said, the animatronics themselves seem well animated, and look like they might find a phobia that we didn’t think we had. Animatronics – who knew?
CASE 2 is actually a prequel to the events of CASE 1, so this might be a decent jumping in point. You play Jack, who – we’re reliably informed – has lost everything, and something in his past is looking to catch up with him. No doubt, CASE 2: Animatronics Survival will be about confronting that and resolving it.
The thing that grabs us the most is the Wii U-like tablet you hoick about in CASE 2, which allows you to watch security cameras and get a headstart on the freaky animatronics. There’s an authentic look to the CCTV footage that seems particularly well done.
- A well-considered story with its own characteristics;
- Unexpected situations that will make you think;
- A lot of different game locations;
- Use the tablet: watch security cameras, manage and monitor the situation;
- Solve new puzzles, but look out… they are watching you.
We’re not completely sold on CASE 2: Animatronics Survival, but that’s judging this particular book on its cover. Perhaps this survival horror has something to really keep us up at night.
CASE 2: Animatronics Survival is rampaging around on Xbox One and will cost you £12.49. It’s also out on PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
Two years before the attack on the police station, there was a terrible tragedy in the city, which led to the closure of the amusement park. Some believe it was an accident – others, that it was a well-planned act of intimidation. Leaflets about missing people filled the city streets. You play as Jack. He is a man who has lost everything. Soon he’ll have to pay for his crime. The past has finally caught up with him… Try to save him.
Is multiplayer avalible for the xbox one version? If so it doesnt dhow a multiplayer option on my screen