Cute and Spooky
The second part of the gameplay is stealth and stamina. When a monster gets near the little girl, her heartbeat increases. The player can then hide in bushes or behind specific objects. While she is hidden, a red cloud representing the monsters will show how close it is. Unfortunately, hiding doesn’t seem to make the creatures go away in some situations, making the bushes look useless. Stamina, when ‘the little girl’ is scared, her stamina is greatly reduced we would think a fight or flight response would kick in instead this becomes increasingly frustrating, very often.
The game is categorized as a horror game and is filled with jumpscare elements. Yomawari might not be the kind of game that some people will appreciate because of the amount of scares that jumps out of nowhere. However, after a few ones, it can become quite repetitive, but still allows the player to focus on the story.
Story and Characters
The story, while it is nicely developed after some time, it does take a little while before the action and scares really start. On the other hand, the Japanese themed elements become increasingly unique as the story progresses. Situations and other characters arise such as a character that resembles Hanako-san from the Urban Legend of the same name, brings forward a unique atmosphere.
PC Port Issues
For players who are used to games using the upper part of a keyboard, it does not feel right and is a rather uncomfortable position. There are not many options when it comes to resolutions and other settings. Which can be a very important factor for some players. Bugs, there were quite a few, however, the developers have acknowledged and are announcing a “Beta Branch” in hope to fix those issues.