Pinstripe

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Pinstripe is a horror-themed Metroidvania developed by Atmos Games and published by Armor Games for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows on 2017-04-24, and then later ported to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The game uses a typical side-view platformer display and incorporates many action and puzzle elements. In the game's story, you play a minister in the early 1900s riding on a train with his daughter. However, you quickly realize that all your baggage has been thrown off the train and the only other passenger is a creepy man in a pinstripe suit who has a strange interest in your daughter. The strange man kidnaps your daughter and is more than he initially appears to be, having dark supernatural powers causing the train to crash. You are left alone in a cold wilderness looking for your daughter.

I bought this game as part of a Humble Bundle. I played it because the graphics looked really interesting. I first beat the game on 2020-02-09.

Status

I own this game on Steam and have beaten the regular game.

Review

Good

  • The game has enjoyable characters. George is a funny sidekick and Pinstripe is wonderful villain.
  • I enjoy the story. It's dark, mysterious, and has a good climax and ending.
  • The art style is fantastic, and the graphics are beautiful.
  • There is nice ambient music and sound effects throughout the game and the voice acting is really good.

Bad

  • The controls to shoot the slingshot with an analog joystick are cumbersome, using a mouse is much easier. When slingshot accuracy is necessary, you're much better off simply switching to your mouse and keyboard, unless you're playing on a video game console, in which case, you're out of luck! This hurts the game a second way because the designer no doubt had to make the game much easier for people using an analog joystick, so, if you're using the mouse, you'll have less of a challenge.
  • The designer could have taken advantage of a random number generator for the three combinations instead of preventing a player who already knows the correct answer from guessing them before they're supposed to. This would have made the game more realistic.
  • At about 2-hours for a new player, and 35 minutes for a speed runner, the game is a bit on the short side for its genre. However, it does have additional content across multiple play-throughs.

Ugly

  • When using the D-pad or analog joystick for left and right movement, you stop moving if you angle your direction up or down. This is especially annoying because it will often halt your momentum at very inopportune times.

Media

Box Art

The game wasn't released on physical media. The digital covers have several variations on a common theme.

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