Being a big fan of both developer Bloober and the Blair Witch franchise, I was pretty confident that I was going to enjoy this game. I did, but it was a little bit clunky at times with the controls (but minor enough to overlook). The very best part of the game was actually something that was the most out of place for Blair Witch canon, and that was the good boy doggo that accompanies you on your journey.
This was definitely the aspect of the game most heavily focused on by development, and I really enjoyed it, even though it really added nothing to the lore, it’s just always fun to have a companion in games. Near the end of the game, you have a Red Dead Redemption II moment with your trusty dog, but depending on your choices, there are a few different possible fates for Bullet.
The game focuses more on subtlety and atmosphere and less on scares like the original movie, where it’s more about what you don’t see than what you do. In fact, I’m pretty sure the witch (or wendigo, as I believe it to be) is never seen at any point throughout the game, even when you’re forced into a corner and the witch tries to get you to look at her.
They did a pretty good job at keeping things grounded in the universe of Blair Witch, but of course, this is a video game after all, and unless it was an extremely short indie, they had to expand the universe and rules a little bit to have something, to ya know, do. Essentially what we have here is Layers of Fear meets Blair Witch. Considering the elements introduced in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, concerning loss of time, memory, mind tricks, mental illness, etc., it actually fits pretty well.
Overall, the graphics are good, the audio is good, the controls feel a little clunky (but that could be more of a frame rate issue), and while the game is short, I don’t think it should have been any longer, because the lore of this universe is still very minimalistic. I hope they make another one, or at the very least, take the dog mechanics and add it into one of their other games in the future.
If you’re a fan of Bloober, Blair Witch, or both, it’s a must-play.
Snaps of My Journey Through the Game
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