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Heartbeat: Regret Review

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Posted: 13 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Heartbeat: Regret is a horror rhythm-typing game. It's a tough game where you are hunted in a mansion by a dark monster. Unusually, you need to press buttons in time with the audible heart beat to move around and then type directions to take specific actions.

You play through seven compact, gradually challenging levels as you explore the mansion and discover your history. In each chapter you must avoid the dark presence that roams the mansion. You open doors, descend stairs, hide and set traps.

But more than a simple beat to follow, you need to pay attention to your changing heart's rhythm to press buttons efficiently. As you press the button in time with your heart you can slow your heart down. If you don't manage this eventually you can have a heart attack. You also need to listen to the growl sounds of the monster to avoid him and find a way out.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @MyTrueSound

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. Because this is a hard game it will take some players longer to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The developer states that this is "a horror themed game that contains some blood and loud, startling sounds." The fear of the game is based on being chased and the increased heartbeat.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game is fully playable without visuals and has 3 colour modes to choose from.

The game is self-voicing, so no screen reader is required to play.

Stereo headphones or speakers are required for this game so you can differentiate directions (left vs right).

You can only save the game in each of the chapters. Dying before this does mean you lose progress, as is the intention of the game to be a challenge.

Any typing that can be done does not have to be undertaken in rhythm. You can even type out everything but the last letter of a command, then wait for the right moment to execute it by tapping the final letter.

The lack of clarity in game mechanics might be seen as part of the game's puzzle-style gameplay, but at times it can be frustrating not knowing clearly how things are supposed to work. I would suggest taking breaks from this game and only playing it in short bursts.
 
Our Heartbeat: Regret Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:

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