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Introducing White Day 2: The Flower That Tells Lies

  • Genre: Horror / Adventure, Survival
  • Camera View: First Person
  • Game Modes: Single Player
  • Developer: Rootnstudio Ltd.
  • Release Date: February 16, 2023
  • Languages: Multi
  • Available on: Steam
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As a fan of the original White Day (A Labyrinth Named School), I was thrilled to hear that the Korean cult horror game was getting a sequel. And indeed, in February 2023, the new release began episodically. Ideally, I would have preferred a sequel from the original developer, Sonnori, who had planned White Day 2: Swan Song, but kept delaying it for years before ultimately not finishing (or releasing) the game.

I suspect that the publisher PQube wasn't satisfied with the outcome and subsequently tasked Rootnstudio with the follow-up. Anyway, their White Day 2: The Flower That Tells Lies stays true to the original game and thankfully doesn't drown the "White Day feeling" in a flood of modernizations. But first, let's see what White Day 2 is all about, according to the developers:

On the night of March 14th 2001, exactly one day after the incident at Yeondu High, four individuals return to the school in search of answers to the unsolved mysteries that haunt them.

Episode 1: Disturbed by rumours of her involvement in the death of a fellow student, Jung Soo-jin is determined to set the record straight and regain the trust of her crush Jang Sung-tae. But as the pair search for clues, they learn of a far darker secret deep within the bowels of the school, and become prey in a relentless hunt.

Episode 2: At the same time, former teacher-in-training Kang Seo-yeon arrives to investigate the ambiguous circumstances surrounding her father’s passing on the school grounds. Drawing on her knowledge of the occult, Seo-yeon attempts to reverse an ancient ritual while evading a powerful and malicious ghost that is inexorably drawn to her.

Episode 3: Having made a promise that can’t be broken, 1st year student Yoo Ji-min searches for a way to bring peace to the restless spirit of Han Na-young. Delving deeper into the tragic history of the school and the complex relationships between its students, Ji-min makes a fateful discovery that will lift the veil of obscurity once and for all.

The new sequel is set in almost the exact same school as White Day: A Labyrinth Named School, though the building has probably been entirely rebuilt and visually upgraded. Everything seems to go as usual, except this time you're being chased by a creepy policeman and policewoman because you've trespassed into Yeondu High School. Moreover, it appears that both of your pursuers are under some external influence; meaning something in the school is making them really nasty.

Nevertheless, White Day 2 doesn't shy away from kind of fresh stealth or chase sequences, where, for example, a terrifying anatomical doll is hot on your heels. Also, the Slit-Mouthed Woman on the 4th floor of the school must be bypassed by correctly answering a series of questions, keeping monotony at bay for the first.

The reason why, in my opinion, the solid sequel still falls behind the prequel is that it holds back on the scares, much like the remake of the first part. Occasionally, the old unforgiving atmosphere comes through, such as when you open one of the numerous lockers in the classrooms. However, the intense sense of fear that I love about White Day is rarely achieved in Part 2.

Still, I recommend White Day fans to pick up The Flower That Tells Lies and play through it, if only because its story connects to the plot of the first part and provides more clarity regarding past events. What I really found off-putting was the design for unlocking the multiple endings. To see all the credits, you’ll have to complete White Day 2 multiple times, as not all endings are straightforward to unlock.

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