Between Universal Paperclips and Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, I’ve been on a real NYU kick lately, so I thought I’d round things out by picking up The Norwood Suite, the latest release from the NYU Game Center Incubator.
It’s a first-person adventure game made by Cosmo D, who also made the pseudo-prequel Off-Peak, which takes place in a similarly surreal train station. The Norwood Suite is set in a hotel with a dark musical history. It’s mostly exploration and fetch-quests, basically one notch above a walking simulator. (That’s extremely reductive, but I’m trying to get “gameplay” out of the way.)
The main joy, at least for me, is in finding keys to new rooms and rooting around for hidden passageways. To describe the world…it’s basically a vaporwave trash art palace with a Lovecraftian backstory, populated by hipsters who talk like musical Banjo Kazooie characters. It’s exactly as nightmarish and wonderful as it sounds.
Anybody played this or Off-Peak? And where the hell do you find The Fifth Tableau?