Another Code: Recollection Review
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Another Code: Recollection Review

Another Code: Recollection is a bundled remake of the 2005 and 2009 DS and Wii games. The first is called Another Code: Two Memories and the other Another Code: R -A Journey Into Lost Memories. While the original games were quite popular back in the day, the majority of the world missed out on them mainly because they weren’t released outside of Japan. So if you’re jumping into Another Code: Recollection, it is likely the first time.

Being a remake, these games have been built from the ground up with an entirely new look, fully explorable environments, full voice acting and new features such as music tracks and puzzles. Both games are played from a point-and-click perspective and they are both heavily driven by the narratives. As a result, Another Code: Recollection is a long and slow game and you’ll need a lot of patience and dare I say, calmness to get through it.

Another Code: Recollection Review

I don’t want to get too much into the story aspect of these two games for fear of spoiling it for others but there’s a lot to enjoy. Not only are these stories fleshed out and well-developed, but they are also layered in twists and turns, betrayals and revelations. They follow the story of Ashely Mizuki Robbins who receives a mysterious package from her father just days before her 14th birthday. The catch – Ashely’s father has been dead for a long time.

The hints lead Ashely to a mysterious island called Blood Edward Island where she meets a boy named D. D is like a ghost or some spiritual being. The island is full of secrets to her past, her father’s identity and other lore pieces. Unlike the original game, this island is now fully explorable on foot. This is both a good and bad thing. It helps open up the game so it doesn’t feel so linear but at the same time, exploring is slow and tedious. I often had to backtrack up and down while trying to figure out a puzzle. The whole experience becomes snail-paced and it can get in the way of enjoying the story.

Another Code: Recollection Review

Thankfully, Another Code: Recollection has a handy hint system that can guide you to where you need to be. It highlights puzzle hints and locations so you don’t have to wander around mindlessly for hours on end. But this system does break the immersion. So it is a feature you’ll either use or not use. The game also jots down codes and other useful information on your map so you won’t have to remember digits while Ashley takes her sweet time getting to the safe or door.

The remake also makes use of some Switch features such as the motion sensor. I often had to wiggle the console to interact with an object or loosen an item stuck somewhere. While this was fun at first, I do wish Another Code: Recollection used less motion and more touchscreen features because it would have aided in the whole “detective” theme. Keep in mind that the original game was on the DS and it had the dual screen. It also worked with touchscreen features. But the lack of a touchscreen is something most games suffer from.

Another Code: Recollection Review

You’ll spend most of your time in Another Code: Recollection watching cutscenes and listening to voice dialogue. This plays into the game’s heavy narrative-driven story. The second game felt a bit less puzzle-like and more story-driven. Both games, however, are slow burners which feel like take forever to get going. Again, you’ll need the patience to sit through them and want to play something with this sort of slow pacing.

It also doesn’t help that some of the writing isn’t great. This is especially found in some NPCs. These characters are just boring and the game tries hard to make you care about them but it fails. Their personalities are one-dimensional and if anything, cliche. They are also important to the overarching story so it doesn’t help that you’re forced to deal with them.

Another Code: Recollection Review

Overall, I did enjoy my time with Another Code: Recollection even if most of the game felt like a slog. The remake aspect is a bit hard to compliment because I never played the originals. However, as it stands, this collection feels like a robust puzzle mystery game on its own. Even if the originals didn’t exist, I would still stand by that. This is a niche game, however. Not everyone will have the mindset to sit through the slowest parts but if you’re looking for this sort of experience, you’ll enjoy it.

This Another Code: Recollection review is based on a code sent to us by Nintendo. The game is available on 19 January for Nintendo Switch starting at R1199.

Summary

Another Code: Recollection is more a reimagining than a remake of the classic DS and Wii games. It is a slow burner that throws in puzzles to create an enjoyable game.

Overall
7.5/10
7.5/10
Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

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