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If you remember the movie,The Butterfly Effect, then you remember how critical memories were to Ashton Kutcher as he direly tried to change his past by traveling through his memories, written away in his childhood journals. Well, memories hold that very same importance in Asemblance and it's a real trip into something totally nightmarish.
In Asemblance, you wake up to find yourself hooked up to a machine that messes with your memories, and there's an AI who calmly tries to talk you through the whole thing. But soon you start to realize something else is going on and you have to tread deeper in order to figure it out.
Asemblance is very heavy on the psychological aspect and less so on the kind of horror you might initially expect from the game. I personally don't enjoy horror games that are overly psychological because I'd rather enjoy a good story and be scared out of my wits than beating my brains out trying to make sense of something.
The first thing I realized is that there isn't really a tutorial for the game and how it works and you kind of have to learn on your own how things go. For example, by chance I figured out that not only clicking "X" activates something, but also zooming in on an object could also make something happen. Zooming in on something and using the "R2" button to do so is critically important to the game and you won't get past a section without knowing that.
If you don't like brain teasers, you won't like this game, because Asemblance definitely made my brain work in ways I'm not used to doing with video games. I had to think analytically and retrace my steps a lot to understand how to move forward. A lot of times I got stuck and couldn't go forward and I'd get frustrated and have to quit, only to come back and try again later. It got to a point where I was so frustrated, I went around the room zooming in on every object and running into everything in hopes I would see a button light up or something happen so that I could get past this point. It was a lot of frustration and a lot less enjoyment.
I think people who really enjoy thinking about puzzles or thinking about things not as they are will get a kick out of this game. It's dark and frightening, but sometimes a little confusing.Asemblance has a great concept in place riddled with mystery and a dab of science fiction, and while I didn't enjoy it as much as the next person might, I still appreciate what they were trying to do. Asemblance really made me think and challenged me to figure things out on my own rather than have someone hold my hand and give me the rundown on how everything works. It perfectly communicated that fear and frustration in being lost and confused, and I think certain players will come to enjoy it.