Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo genuinely feels hand-tailored to my personal interests. I’ve long been a huge fan of visual novels, and when I’m not gaming, you’ll likely find me eagerly pawing through horror manga and webtoons – the more obscure and unusual, the better (if you’re interested in such topics, check out my feature on Crunchyroll’s Junji Ito anime over on our sister site, the Digital Fix). So when I heard of Square Enix’s upcoming mystery horror visual novel, I couldn’t wait to dive in and get my hands dirty. And hoo boy, is this a deliciously hand-dirtying treat.
I started playing it while lying in bed on a Friday night (I know, I’m such a party animal, aren’t I?) after a very long and exhausting week, looking for a little spot of spookiness to carry me off to dreamland. ‘I want to get an early night, so just half an hour,’ I told myself, ‘just to dip my toes in’. Fast forward to several hours later – the sun is rising but I’m still hunched over my Switch like a gremlin, promising myself ‘just one more chapter’. If that’s not a testament to the nail-biting, brain-infesting brilliance of this game, I’m not sure what is.