Don’t Disturb
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Go on a journey into the afterlife as a dog who recently lost their elderly owner in Don’t Disturb. The game is based on traditional Asian views on the subject, which makes for a fascinating and unique experience. However, it is an extremely short game and doesn’t have much of a challenge. Despite this, it is still worth checking out thanks to the low price tag, especially if you are a pet owner.

Gameplay: Very simple, but the setting is rather unique.

Graphics: Beautiful and unique visual style.

Sound: Minimal, but very fitting

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Don’t Disturb

Developer: Midnight Party | Publisher: PQube Limited | Release Date: 2016 | Genre: Puzzle / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

It is always a sad experience when a beloved pet dies, but what if a pet loses an elderly owner? This is the question that Don’t Disturb, a single player puzzle adventure by Midnight Party explores. It is set against a traditional Asian backdrop, where singing, playing or causing any kind of disturbance during a funeral is frowned upon. In Don’t Disturb, players take control of a dog who sets out on a journey into the afterlife in search of his deceased owner. It is a very short and simple game, so don’t expect it to really answer any questions about the afterlife or underworld, but it is certainly a unique experience.

Don’t Disturb uses a unique two dimensional art style for the visuals, which gives the game the look of something that was hand drawn on paper. This style is very eye catching and it is a good match for the mood as well as the theme of the game. While the art style really looks good, the animations used for Don’t Disturb are a little sparse and rather simple. We also encountered the issue of not being able to play the game in full screen.

Starting out in their home players will guide their dog into the underworld and to the “Bridge of Helplessness” in order to be reunited with their owner. However, what happens when you finally complete your quest is up to players as the game features two different endings. Both of these endings are quite emotional, especially if you are a pet owner.

In terms of gameplay, Don’t Disturb is rather simple. The game does feature a couple of puzzles, but most of them are very easy and experienced players should have no trouble figuring out what needs to be done in order to make progress. For example, very early in the game your passage is blocked by a couple of demons who demand a paper with a red stamp on it before they will let you pass. Luckily, there is a piece of paper on the ground and another deceased person waiting in line who is still bleeding from their injuries. Later puzzles see you digging up patches of dirt in order to collect ten coins, looking for the combination to a safe and even helping two lost souls to reunite. Your dog can only hold one item at a time and most items can be found quite close to where you must use them, so there shouldn’t be any worries about getting stuck.

Controlling the dog can only be done with the arrow keys on your keyboard, while interacting with people or objects is accomplished by pressing space-bar. It is a bit annoying that this can’t be reconfigured, but the controls work fine for the most part. The game makes it very obvious what objects can be interacted with as they will grow slightly bigger when you pass them. We didn’t encounter any issues during our two playthroughs of the game, but some players have reported issues with bugs that causes the game to not register certain interactions. Luckily, even though the game is extremely short, it does have a save option, so you can save your progress at any time.

Don’t Disturb doesn’t have any speech, but the background music is rather fitting and quite mellow. The sound effects are a bit sparse, but once again this fits the minimalist style of the game. You can interact with some of the denizens of the underworld, but since the dog cannot talk, these interactions are restricted to reading the text boxes of whoever has something to say. The English translation of these texts are a little awkward, but it is not too hard to figure out what they are trying to say. Don’t Disturb doesn’t feature any Steam Achievements, but it does have trading cards, which means you’ll have to idle the game to get all of them as you’ll have completed the game long before all of them have dropped.

Despite the short length of the game and the technical issues, we would still recommend Don’t Disturb, especially to pet owners. The game is very reasonably priced and can be grabbed for next to nothing during sales. While we are not sure how much insight it really offers in terms of the afterlife and underworld, it certainly piqued our curiosity about the topic and caused us to do a little research after completing the game to learn more. Pet owners will get the most out of Don’t Disturb, but it is also great for players who want something unique and relaxing that can be completed in one sitting.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 1.1 Capable Video with 512MB VRAM
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any
  • OS: Win 7 / Win 8 / Win 10
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel integrated graphics 4000
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
  • Processor: 1,7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 Prozessor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
  • OS: 10.10 Yosemite
  • Processor: 3.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel integrated graphics
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or higher
  • Processor: 3.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: SM4 1GB VRAM
  • Storage: 400 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Any
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.8Ghz or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450, AMD Radeon HD 5670 or better
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space

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