What’s scarier than delivering pizza to a house with boarded up windows and an overgrown lawn really late at night? Well, entering the house and not finding anyone home, that’s what!
You start off by walking through the front door of a house that you, the pizza guy, are trying to make a delivery to. While there isn’t any actual tutorials or completely obvious guidance, there are a few notes around the house that at least tell you the basics of what you need to be doing.
In the beginning of the game, you are basically just exploring while trying to figure out why no one seems to be home. You find all sorts of cryptic and seemingly random messages placed or written in places that you can’t miss. It’s like someone if trying to get your attention, eh?
After some trial and error (or for the impatient, some research on the internet), you will eventually figure out how Emily Wants to Play works. The idea is pretty simple, but execution can be a challenge. You need to last for an hour (6 in game minutes) without getting caught by any of Emily’s “friends”, herself included. Each doll has it’s own particular way you go about avoiding it which you will need to figure out.
There are a total of 4 different types of dolls that you will need to learn tactics for (pro-tip: the whiteboard is your friend). Each stage is a different hour after midnight (12:00 – 06:00) and to reiterate, the hours are only 6 in-game minutes. Once you figure out how each doll works, the real challenge awaits you in the later hours of the game, particularly the 05:00 and 06:00 hours.
Emily Wants to Play is filled with some awesome jump scares, but it doesn’t do a great job getting you to understand the story behind what is going on in the house. Yes, there are random recording scattered around the house that help clue you in to Emily’s story, but that’s about it. This really isn’t a big deal though because it’s more about the jump scares and gameplay than it is the story.
The achievements can be a bit difficult to figure out without looking up a guide to figure out exactly what the descriptions mean. At the time of writing this review, I was still working on “MLG Pizza Delivery” which is easily the most difficult achievement in the game. It requires you to outlast all of the dolls at once with the lights off!
Being a huge fan of horror movies and games, Emily Wants to Play satisfied me with what it set out to do and that is to scare and entertain. The graphics are a bit dated and there isn’t really much in terms of music and sound effects, but it really doesn’t need it. There is about 5 hours of gameplay depending on how quick you can figure everything out. It is very nicely priced at $4.99 and if you like horror games or are looking for a good spook, Emily Wants to Play will definitely deliver.
Developed by: Shawn Hitchcock
Published by: SKH Apps LLC
Xbox Marketplace: https://www.microsoft.com/store/p/emily-wants-to-play/c2rq137hs8l4
Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/416590/