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.