On Friday, December 13th Raiser Games and Protocol Games released the third episode, of an expected five in the series, for their Steam PC horror/survival adventure game, Song Of Horror. We reviewed the first episode on Halloween, ironically, of 2019 here. Song Of Horror Episode 3 is an additional DLC that continues the horror mystery story that started in the first two episodes. If you enjoyed the first two episodes then you’re already “in for a penny, in for a pound”. This is our Steam PC review of Song Of Horror Episode 3.
So What Have We Here?
Hopefully, it should go without saying that in order to play Song Of Horror Episode 3 it requires the original game. You also must complete the first two episodes to even start episode three. The full game is being broken up into five episodes. Episodes four and five are scheduled to arrive in January and March, respectively, this year. That being said, Episode 3 delivers more of the features and scares we enjoyed in the first two episodes.
Song Of Horror Episode 3 adds two additional player characters; Omar Nassiri, Husher’s coworker, and Grace Richards, Husher’s pupil. This episode also adds a new real-time mini-scare-game. Like the others, this one randomly shows up and requires additional button mashing like the heartbeat panic scenario, etc. The story continues in a hauntingly eerie university.
Song Of Horror Episode 3 also adds a feature whereby you can switch characters at key points in the story. Supposedly, this allows you to “to explore and progress through different areas”. Unfortunately during our playthrough, we didn’t experience this feature as we played Omar all the way through until we had no choice, to mean some deaths happened.
This episode adds about three to five hours of additional gameplay depending on how fast you can solve the puzzles. As is typical in adventure games there is a lot of running back and forth between rooms and levels, e.g. basement and first floor.
During this episode, it became evident that playing Song Of Horror with a controller was a much wiser input option than mouse and keyboard. An Xbox One Controller made it easier to survive the button-mashing mini-games that pop-up. Even using a controller though I still have trouble with the “heartbeat panic scenario” one. Remember this game is rogue-lite, when a character dies it’s a perma-death. When all your characters die you’ll need to restart the episode. We’ve been there, done that, and it’s not much fun.
Song Of Horror Episode 3 seemed to have less startling moments in it compared to episode two where we did “jump” out of our seats a few times. The graphics continue to be top-notch other than the running character model for new player character Grace, which seemed a bit awkward. Puzzles continue to be challenging without being frustrating.
If you’ve played the game through episode two then episode three should yield very few surprises. The plus side to this means very few disappointments. At this point, you’re most likely here to continue the story you started. If you found a lot to love in the first two episodes you’ll continue to be happy here as well.
Compare To: Call Of Cthulu, Blair Witch
This review was done with a copy of the game provided by PR.