Reperfection by Tinnitus Games is a black and white point and click adventure set out with a graphic novel style UI, and in short, it's fantastic. You play as Ben Freeman, an unassuming man, who has a lovely wife, Sarah, and a son named Danny.
Just to get the things I can talk about out of the way first.
The graphic novel style of the game and the actual story fit together perfectly and the atmospheric music is great. What really makes this game is its story, but I’ll come back to that. I was a little frustrated by the controls, as you have to click and hold on objects to interact with them, but it’s a minor annoyance and a personal thing. It also doesn’t have a voice cast, which is normally a down point for me, but it actually fits the graphic novel style of the game extremely well. There is a give away so skip to the end to avoid spoilers if you're interested.
Right lets get onto the story and all the SPOILERS, and I mean all of them.
As I said, it’s the story of this game that made it so great for me. Having not heard anything about the game until it was given to me to review I really had no idea what I was getting into, and I was taken totally by surprise.
The game opens with Ben deciding to take a half day from work. He arrives home just in time to kiss his wife goodbye as she heads out to pick up their son from school, then go on to a meeting. Moments later, a breaking news story informs Ben of a devastating road accident, and as he frantically tries and fails to reach his wife on the phone, you fear the worse has happened. Jumping forwards a few days to her funeral you discover that when Ben look into her eyes, he is transported back in time to a few minutes before she leaves. Surprised and confused, you realise you’ve got an opportunity to prevent this horrible tragedy. After convincing his wife to stay at home a little longer, Ben received a phone call from his son’s school saying that the school bus was in a car accident and his son has died. Deciding to try his power out again, Ben looks into his son’s dead eyes and once again gets transported back to a few minutes before his death.
This time he is not only transported back in time, but also to his location. Frantically you start running around, trying to find the boy and stop him getting on the bus, only to realise that while Ben is saving him, his wife has once again died. Desperate to try finding a way of saving them both, Ben begin investigating the crash site and discover that a medical transport moving a dead body is also involved in the crash. Deciding that he needs to jump further back to give himself more time to save both his wife and child, Ben looks into the eyes of the dead girl in the medical transport and suddenly finds himself in the torture dungeon of a serial killer.
Final Thoughts and Giveaway
I’m going to stop there because honestly from that point things get even more insane and even more interesting and I don’t want to totally wreck it for you. It is Reperfection Volume 1, and having never heard of the game before I suddenly can’t wait to see what happens next, I'm an instant fan. The full play through only took a couple of hours, but it’s worth it.