I continue my look at eastasiasoft published titles with one of the latest I played being Under the Warehouse from developer GoolWorks. This creepy first-person adventure game reminded me a lot of the original PlayStation era. Here is my review of the PlayStation 5 version.
Under the Warehouse is a point-and-click first-person adventure game where you play a character who is in a mysterious warehouse. Your character receives a phone call with the caller requesting your help. They want an egg that is located somewhere in this warehouse and in order to find it you’ll have to solve puzzles and try and get the other people around the warehouse to talk. The game can be beaten in a couple hours or so but there are multiple endings so if you want to replay it you can.
Thanks to the polygonal visual style, playing through the game felt like something out of the PlayStation 1 era. As I explored the warehouse in this retro styled game, I had to solve all kinds of puzzles in order to progress. You’ll be doing a lot of item collecting as you go and sometimes you’ll have to combine some of those items by opening up your inventory. If you find yourself stuck you can sometimes talk to the other people around who might provide a hint at what you should do. The puzzles range from easy to obtuse as sometimes you need to give a dog a bone to clear it out of the way while another time you may need to prepare a drink for someone. While I was never stumped too long on what to do, I did find the overall game to be a bit boring as just collecting items and using them on something or giving them to someone wore out fast even though the game isn’t that long. Really the whole reason I kept playing was to see the strangeness in this world as while the game takes place in a warehouse there is a lot more going on here than you would think. I’m talking portals, sketchy looking people, and other weird things but I won’t spoil anything.
Under the Warehouse presents a strange and eerie setting but is a bit boring on the gameplay side of things. I liked the PS1 era visuals but doing a lot of the same fetch quests over and over left me a bit disappointed in it.
*Under the Warehouse is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.