I love it when a story deceives you. It’s always fun to see the start of an adventure be easygoing and pretty normal, only to begin to unravel slowly as you push forward. You get a snippet here or there that throws you for a loop, but things quickly return to normal again. This can be a difficult form of storytelling to accomplish, one very few games ever manage to do. 7 Years From Now bucks this trend, offers curious players an intriguing adventure in a deceptively cute package.
The plot centers on Haruto, a boy who has returned to his hometown after suffering memory loss due to an accident seven years prior. He begins searching the town, trying to piece together his past and find Aoi, the girl he made a promise to before losing his memory. As he investigates and reunites with old friends, Haruto begins to realize there’s something sinister afoot at the local hospital.
Originally a mobile game from 2017, the game uses an adorable mix of pixel graphics and isometric angles that almost obscure its dramatically mature storyline bubbling underneath. Honestly, there isn’t much to the gameplay. You’ll mostly run around town and talk to characters as Haruto uses his ability to travel back in time to gathers evidence and uncovers his memories in order to help his friends and stop the doctors of the hospital from continuing their shady practices. You’ll mostly be running around town and talking to characters.
But 7 Years From now isn’t about the gameplay; it’s about the compelling narrative involving time travel, a nefarious plot to cover up the wrongdoings of a hospital, and a mysterious disease plaguing Haruto’s friends.
With pixelated graphics that give it a cute appearance, it might not seem like 7 Years From Now is a mystery thriller at first glance. Don’t let this fool you; this game has a deep and engaging story full of twists and turns that will leave you at the edge of your seat. What it lacks in gameplay it absolutely makes up for in narrative, presenting an engaging story that shouldn’t be missed by fans of thrillers and mysteries.