Theresia: Dear Emile Review
Theresia: Dear Emile box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Work Jam 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Aksys Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 30, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Perhaps Theresia’s most enjoyable moments, however, come from the bits of story the game reveals as you progress. The tale is paced well, and as you successfully complete small portions of the adventure, you’ll be made privy to more facts about your character, her past, and where and why she is where she is. The cutscenes are also some of the more beautiful elements of the game, and though Theresia may not be a big-budget outing on DS, the developers did a fine job of creating a cinematic experience from start to finish. The game also gives you different points of view with which to experience the story, though we won’t spoil anything for you.

Theresia: Dear Emile screenshot

The actual gameplay visuals, though, are something of a mixed bag. When moving along the map, you’ll traverse 3D halls and environments. The graphics here are serviceable, but there’s not much to look at along the way. Upon entering a room or engaging an action item, however, you’ll experience some of the more visually appealing aspects of the game. Again, Theresia consists mostly of point-and-click gameplay, but the 2D artwork is attractive and detailed. It’s also worth noting that, though the 3D hallways are somewhat plain, the lighting adds an element of apprehension that aids in keeping this experience from ever quite losing its frightful edge.

The aural elements of Theresia are pretty much on par with the rest of the game’s presentation, as themes and sound effects lend an extra bit of tension to the hallowed halls you’ll trod through. Though there is little variety with the musical themes, they are intensifying loops that fit well alongside Theresia’s dread-filled environments. Additionally, your character will grunt and groan when using tools, or she’ll bellow in pain when injured by a trap. A host of other subtle effects also lend mood and immersion to the adventure.

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Theresia: Dear Emile is an engaging, morbid, and somewhat heart-wrenching tale. It does, however, rely upon a few weather-worn story conventions that will likely ring familiar to experienced adventure gamers. The game stays well within the confines of an age-old, point-and-click formula, though it’s sure to prove entertaining for fans of the macabre. The grid-like movement along maps often slows down progress, dulling the tension the game attempts to muster, but its strong adventure elements, as well as intriguing story, do a fine job of keeping Theresia elevated above mediocrity. Though the monologue falters occasionally, the story’s thrust should inspire most players to see this tale to its end.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
Though the 3D corridors are basic and repetitive, the 2D backgrounds tell a good story.
3.8
Control
Theresia doesn’t venture far from the tried-and-true formula of point-and-click adventuring, but what it does, it does well.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is effective, though the game is quite conservative with its audio presentation. Sound effects and noises help round out the mood.
3.3

Play Value
Though likely created on a shoestring budget, Theresia offers an interesting story, engaging gameplay, and a fine, cinematic presentation. But as is the case with most games of its kind, there’s little reason to come back for seconds.

3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Escape the Maze Alive! Hone your survival skills by carefully exploring the corridors of your captors while uncovering clues that bring you closer to a shocking revelation.
  • Items for the Win! Collect countless items and combine them in order to survive and uncover the depths of the maze.
  • Two Stories of Twisted Love and Despair! Follow the two tales to find out what is the true meaning behind Theresia?


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