The House in Fata Morgana | Mini Review

What is it?

The House in Fata Morgana is a gothic visual novel developed by Novelcade and published by Manga Gamer. You awaken inside a mysterious and decrepit mansion, almost void of light and life… with the exception of a mysterious maid. She explains that the building is cursed, and has brought misfortune to each of its previous owners for centuries. In hopes of jogging your memory, The Maid subjects you to these depressing tales.

Platform(s)

PC, PS4

Pros
Cons
Brilliant writing that hooks you within the first hour.
The story is unsettling, upsetting, and heartbreaking.
Backgrounds are bursting with colour and detail. Memorable character designs and incredible CG images.
A beautifully eclectic soundtrack with lyrics in various languages.
Things start to pick up majorly after the fourth story, with many multiple choices and endings.
Some pacing issues on rare occasions.
You’ll have to wait a fair bit until you get to said choices.
Questionable translation choices, i.e. characters from the 12th Century speaking colloquially, unfitting lines like “fragile male ego” replacing “tsundere”, etc.
Lots of ellipses pad out the dialogue exchanges.

Verdict:

I honestly can’t recommend The House in Fata Morgana enough. Its fascinating cast of characters, captivating story and fantastic writing is backed up by some very impressive visuals and a wonderful soundtrack. Despite some slightly inconsistent pacing issues and occasionally questionable translation ideas, it proves itself to be an unsettling, moving, and hauntingly beautiful experience.

Rating:

5 Stars

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