“Tohu wa Bohu” is a surreal Texture game. Within the frame of a psychological diagnostic exam, the narrator describes their feelings of confusion and depersonalization.

Gameplay: I’m not sure what to make of this. It’s not a narrative, although there occasional flashbacks and digressions from the narrator. The state of the narrator is interesting to explore, but it’s done so in a slow, deliberately awkward format. 3/10.

Mechanics: Although it’s a good idea for a frame, especially given the protagonist’s issues, the quiz format is often tedious to go through. Ultimately, it’s just clicking on links in a list, and I didn’t find the text compelling enough to compensate for the minimal interactivity. 3/10.

Presentation: The narrator has an interesting viewpoint, and the text can be interestingly surreal at times. Those portions are overshadowed by the less compelling quiz details, though, which throws off the pacing of the game. 4/10.

You might be interested in this game if: You like stories about protagonists with mental health issues.

Score: 3

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