Ah the 1990s; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Fruitella and survival horror, what a grand old time. Taking cues from one of those (guess which one...), this remastered edition of DS game Dementium serves up some Resident Evil/Silent Hill-esque fun for folks on the go.
The sound design is also brilliant here, with spare piano melodies playing over sinister keyboard tones, with the occasional twinkling of a glockenspiel. Combined that with the constant beating of your heart (which gets faster as you take damage) and you have a delicious recipe for the macabre. The screams and groans from foes as you enter new wards also amp up the terror.
The game controls well, Renegade Kid giving multiple options for both right and left handed players, as well as providing options for players with circle pad pro, or stylus controls. Offering this many control schemes is admirable, and something Nintendo itself needs to think about (hello Kid Icarus Uprising). We opted to use the stylus controls (we don’t have a CPP), and despite early worries, found it to be great for precision aiming, with L firing weapons whilst we moved and aimed with circle pad and stylus respectively. The touch screen also provides maps, access to your notepad and fast switching between weapons - much handier than using the D Pad. This is as close to mouse and keyboard controls as you can get when playing on a console.
The sound design is also brilliant here, with spare piano melodies playing over sinister keyboard tones, with the occasional twinkling of a glockenspiel.
For those that love survival horror, this is a must buy, especially on a platform so lacking in this kind of game. Dementium Remastered isn't going to be the game that converts those indifferent to the genre, and that unfortunately, explains the price point.