Sunshine Manor PC Review

I am looking at a game which I remember covering a news story on when it was on Kickstarter. It reached it goals back October 2020 and even back then it looked like a fun little game. One year on we have the result of that Kickstarter and the game is Sunshine Manor. This indie game is the sequel to Camp Sunshine, which was a pixel art, story driven inspired by 80’s horror and music. So let us look have a look and see if the follow up can live up to the original.

Developer: Fossil Games
Publisher: Hound Picked Games
Release Date: 28 October 2021

CPU: Intel Core i5 2.4 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 960, AMD Radeon HD 7970
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 500 mb

Thanks to the publisher for the review code.

Set around Halloween Sunshine Manor follows Ada and her friends while they go trick or treating looking for candy. Upon knocking the door to the manor, they door opens and the place looks like it has been empty for years. So, like any curious kids, they go inside to explore. This is where the game begins and Ada must save her friends from this terrifying place.

The graphics are 8-bit style and the developers created an atmosphere that feels very spooky from the beginning. The levels are based on various versions of the manor in different universes which trapped souls transport you to. The gameplay is not smooth at certain times as it gets bogged down with slow passages of action. You can explore a room and then a key item later in the game will appear in that previous seen room, so you travel back and for quite a lot.

The fighting mechanics are good but might not be gamer cup of tea. The enemies have a fix pattern as well as the bosses, so learning these will help you defeat them easier. This is very similar to a lot of games from the 8-bit era, so I found it to be fun. Also, there are certain areas where there are moving platforms and edges to fall off if not timed right, which is both fun and annoying.

Save points are also far and few between, so if you die you end up back at a point you might not want to be at. The 80’s inspired music sounds awesome and each level has its own, unique track which will help with completing the level. There are a few minor issues, especially with saving and soft locks. But these types of bugs can be fixed with patches and hopefully will be sorted soon.

Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of pixel art and 80’s music and horror then this game is for you. The story and soundtrack are great and makes for a great atmospheric game. The gameplay can get frustrating at times but like with most games from the 8-bit this was the norm so add plenty of realism to it. If old-school graphics are your thing then this is most definitely for you.

The Verdict

7.5Good

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