Someday You'll Returnby Aethyna May 23, 2020 | 1 Votes | 97 Played | 0 Reviews 8 rate Follow the story of a father looking for his young runaway daughter in this puzzle-driven psychological thriller, Someday You’ll Return! The father, Daniel, ended up in a forest that he knew since childhood, but something dark has moved in since then and it seems to be toying with Daniel and his affection for his daughter. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Follow the story of a father looking for his young runaway daughter in this puzzle-driven psychological thriller, Someday You’ll Return! The father, Daniel, ended up in a forest that he basically grew up with due to attending yearly camps at Camp Lamplight, but something dark has moved in since then and it seems to be toying with Daniel and his affection for his daughter, trying to get him to “tell the truth”.
In this game, you play as a worried, and assumingly divorced, father, Daniel, whose daughter has run away from home again. While tracking her GPS signal, he found himself in a patch of forest that he is supposedly very familiar with because the camp he used to go to every year as a child is located.
However, a dark creature has moved in since then and Daniel is about to know how territorial it can be.
Someday You’ll Return is, in essence, a story-driven walking simulator. The game will have to trek through the beautiful forest, follow different hiking trails, and explore the many POIs around the map (some parts of the game are semi-open world, allowing you some measure of freedom), all the while following clues that you are certain are left behind by your missing young daughter.
Each new location you discover has a collectible QR code that, when scanned, will send you to, I assume, the real-life information about said location. A picture of the location you’ve visited will also appear on the park map when you mouse over the POIs. After all, the forest in the game seems to be based off on an actual Moravian forest in Czech Republic and it’s a nice touch for the devs to promote the place via these QR codes.
There are also plenty of collectibles to collect. These are usually challenging to find and unless you are after the achievement, I’d say it’s probably not worth the effort replaying the game to find those “loose ends”.
Not to mention, Someday You’ll Return comes with puzzles that you’ll have to solve in order to move the story forward. Some puzzles are fairly straightforward, though some common sense and logic as well as some scouring around may be required. There are still some puzzles where the clues can be rather obscure. Even if you spent hours on it, there are no guarantees you’ll get to crack it. That’s when you’ll want to grab a walkthrough to help you.
One major downside about the game is how unlikable the protagonist is. Yes, Daniel is a concerned father looking for his runaway daughter but his interactions with his, presumably, ex-wife doesn’t really make you want to help him. In fact, I’m just playing the game to help his daughter and not him, if that makes any sense.
Someday You’ll Return is a single-player game through and through. However, the game does have a story that I think is worth discussing with other players. If you’re the sort to discuss story theories and such, you might want to drop by the game’s Steam discussion page and start a new thread.
Despite being an indie game, Someday You’ll Return features graphics that are most certainly “triple-A” quality! Everything looks great here even at a lower resolution and there are plenty of nice “photo-worthy” locations around the forest that you can pause and snap off a few screenshots. However, the game doesn’t offer a photo mode, so you’ll just have to make do with what you have.
The game is also very atmospheric. The scary parts are truly scary – though, this is coming from someone who generally doesn’t like horror games; and the forest does have some ambiance to it.
All in all, Someday You’ll Return is a pretty decent narrative-driven adventure game with tricky puzzles that may delight hardcore puzzlers and a dark and creepy theme. Unfortunately, the game is rather costly considering the amount of content it can provide and if you’re interested to buy it on Steam, I’d recommend waiting for a discount first.