Mary Skelter: Nightmares [Divine Prison Tower] Review

By: Nate

Are you into darkness and blood trickling environments? Well, Mary Skelter: Nightmares might just be the game for you.

Idea Factory, Compile Heart and Dengeki have combined their forces to bring this new Dungeon Crawler IP to life. The game is set in 1999’s Japan in a living prison known as “Jail.” When this prison was birthed, it was swallowed by the earth and buried 666 meters below the ground. The result of this cataclysmic event was hostile monsters, the “Marchen,” began to appear. These monsters threatened humanity.

The story of the game takes place decades after the cataclysm. Our main protagonist, “Jack,” and his childhood friend, Alice, are tortured by the Jail guards. As they were about to give up on living, a girl holding a pair of scissors appears before them. Jack and his many heroines must escape Jail by solving the dungeon’s mysteries and fighting through the Marchen.

I adored this game’s story (when I translated it to English) and love the many characters that it brings into its story. For instance, we get characters like Alice (wonderland reference), Kaguyahime (Princess Kaguya), and Repunzel. I also enjoyed the dark and treacherous environments. At times, it was a little too spooky for me. As you proceed through the dungeon, you will have special nightmarish monsters actively stalk you. It adds a sense of creepiness to the game.

Mary Skelter is a great little dungeon crawler with several RPG elements. Characters in the game have transformations that add stronger stats and blood drenching skills; however, if a character fights in this mode too much, they will enter “Blood Skelter Mode” and go berserk. Players can lay down traps to escape their enemies. You will need the traps to evade the special enemies or you can face them in battle.

Another gameplay element that is RPG-like is the ability to assign classes. Each of your different characters will earn specific skills, stats and character portraits depending on the class you select for them. I didn’t get bored in this game and it is not easy either.

I love the character designs in Mary Skelter: Nightmares. The environments are unique and deadly looking. I love every aspect of the game’s designs. I never felt like there was a dip in the framerate during combat. The cutscenes look great on the little Playstation Vita’s OLED screen.

One final note is that if you plan on picking up the North American Version of the game, you will be able to play with English or Japanese text and voices. The publisher decided to give players many options.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this new dungeon crawler. It has a dark and easy to follow story, great characters, and murky environments. All this and the fact that it will be uncensored for North America is great for everyone. The only problem some people might have is that it has some long dialogue scenes.

8/10 – A fun new dungeon crawler with many dark elements.

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