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Voxels are so hot right now. Unrailed, The Touryst, Minecraft Dungeons – there have been a cubic ton of them this year. Saying that, we haven’t had a voxel detective mystery, as far as we’re aware, so bring on Oniria Crimes. Oniria Crimes is out now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Switch and PC via Steam.

Oniria Crimes gets special dispensation because it looks great. The best voxel games know how to light their worlds and add lots of pixel detail, and it looks like Oniria Crimes have got it right on this one. Each of the scenes are little dioramas that you just want to pick up and play with. 

Extra points for the setting, as well, which feels unusual. You’re a Rounder, a member of a secret society that investigates crimes within dreams. Oniria is the Land of Dreams, so you are jumping into dream-states to solve crimes, like a weird, colourful partner to the recent Observer: Redux. 

This is a mish-mash of visual novel and point-and-click, so the emphasis is on the story and your interactions with other characters. You’re going to be picking apart crime scenes to find the clue that moves you closer to your suspect, which sounds like a pocket joy considering that the crime scenes are effectively Lego sets. 

We’re interested in the promise of ‘dark’ themes within Oniria. Voxels are rarely used for more adult games, so it’ll be fascinating to see if everything meshes. There are six chapters of the story to explore, but it’s not entirely clear if these are six cases, or one case that develops over a number of chapters. 

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Features include:

  • -6 crime scenarios full of objects to investigate. Don’t leave even one…
  • -Noir atmosphere with smart and funny dialogues
  • -A complete and varied range of riddles and 3D puzzles, can you decipher them all?
  • -A spectacular voxel aesthetics for characters full of nuances
  • -Progressive soundtrack that will help you to be more immersed in the game
  • – In-depth investigation will help you discover more about Oniria, and the way you do it can lead to different ends…

This one has been delayed for some time, so we hope it’s for good reasons. It certainly looks the part, and we’re eager to jump into the depraved dreams of criminals. 

Oniria Crimes is out now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X and starts at £16.74 from the Xbox Store. It’s also out on PS4, PS5, Switch and PC. Stay tuned for our review soon. 

Game Description:

Join the Rounders to solve the mysteries that happen in the Land of Dreams Oniria Crimes is an adventure game that takes place in Oniria, the Land of Dreams. Help Detective Santos and Inspector Torres to investigate crime scenes as part of the Rounders, a secret society that pursues crime in dreams. Oniria Crimes is a combination of visual-novel-like story with point&click mechanics similar to graphic adventures, where the objects will help you to figure out what happened in the crime scene. Oniria Crimes features a 6-chapter story with a mystery plot, oniric objects with their testimony, puzzles that hide key clues, dark voxel theme and appealing progressive music. History: Just before the first elections, a serial killer is disturbing the peace at Palace of Desires, capital of Oniria. The Rounders must move fast because the clues are volatile in the dream world. They will have the help of the objects at the crime scene, which are the witnesses of the murders. Making matters worse, a secret plot is moving in the underworld. The Guilds of Oniria are fighting a hidden battle to control the future of all the dreamers. While everyone seeks their own interests, the natural inhabitants of Oniria, known as Kabus or «nightmares», are getting closer to the dreamers…

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