Review — Another Code: Recollection

Overview

Developer Arc System Works
Publisher Nintendo
Genre Adventure
Platforms Nintendo Switch
Release Date January 19, 2024

The first game in the Another Code series was released in the West as Trace Memory, but its sequel never left Japan. This review cannot compare the two from firsthand experience. However, other reviewers have stated that Another Code: Recollection differs from the original in a variety of ways. The riddles have been tweaked, character personalities refined, and quality of life improvements added. So, let’s see how the new versions stand on their own in 2024.

White-haired preteen in tee reaches toward viewer. Title "Trace Memory" over her head and "Nintendo DS" down the side.
The original Western release for Another Code: Two Memories.

Content Guide

This title is rated T for Teen.

Violence/Scary Images: Murder is a prevalent theme throughout the game, and some death is shown onscreen without graphic detail. The first story has a ghost companion.

Language: None

Alcohol/Substance Abuse: Mentions of adults getting drunk, but nothing is seen. Someone is drugged.

Sexual Content/Nudity: None

Other Negative Content: Themes of betrayal and greed.

Spiritual Content: Certain story beats, like the inclusion of ghosts in the narrative, may make the player think about souls and the afterlife.

Positive Content: Ashley is determined to help her friends and meet her estranged father. Various families work together to overcome not only murderous intentions but also familial dysfunction.

Review

On the left, a white-haired preteen stands with a blue transparent boy without legs. He has a symbol on his chest. On the right, the white-haired girl is taller and stands with a brunette boy.

Another Code: Recollection tells the story of Ashley, a biracial Japanese/white teenager whose scientist parents have invented a memory device. This device can tweak, recall, delete, and outright change the memories of its intended target; and it has caused Ashley’s family nothing but trouble since its inception. The first story arc sees the girl en route to meet her estranged father, who supposedly died. On the way, she befriends a young amnesiac ghost named D. The teens solve puzzles hidden around a large island estate in order to find Ashley’s father and D’s memories.

The second story arc (formerly the Japanese-only sequel, Another Code: R — A Journey into Lost Memories) occurs two years later when Ashley is invited on a camping trip to Lake Juliet, a place special to her murdered mother. Here, she meets a runaway trying to solve his father’s disappearance. The two explore the lakeside community, hoping for answers to age-old family questions before Ashley has to return home.

Though initially two separate games on different systems, Another Code: Recollection blends these narratives into a cohesive story. Instead of making the player return to the title screen, the first game fades to black, and a voiceover narrates the time skip for the second storyline. The next arc starts seamlessly, as if it had always been part of the first. The most obvious difference between the sections is a temperament change in the protagonist, who is sixteen when the second arc begins.

On the left a brunette man with glasses. On the right, a white-haired girl in red plaid narrows her eyes and asks if he is serious.
What to Expect

The characters have distinct personalities which English voice actors bring to life, a dimension not present in the original. Their dialogue is entertaining, though sometimes cheesy and predictable. None of the characters are ground-breaking, but players will enjoy watching their stories come to fruition. There is a limited number of people with whom to interact, especially in the first arc, so most of the player’s time is spent exploring.

Like an older Pokémon title, exploration is fairly linear when you are following the narrative. If you are directionally challenged (like myself), you can get lost, but the game includes a map feature. The background music is atmospheric, if forgettable, and further immerses players in the world. Both the mansion and lakeside are rendered beautifully, compelling this reviewer to spend some time away from the story exploring the landscapes. An in-game map tracks which collectibles — a series of diary entries written to Ashley — the player has yet to find.

White-haired girl looks at a three-digit combination lock wondering how to open it

The game’s puzzles are generally easy, but an in-game walkthrough is available. Players are able to focus on the emotionally gripping story instead of racking their brains over a difficult brain teaser. Some of the interactive elements require motion controls from the joy-cons, although this can be turned off for accessibility purposes.

Conclusion

Another Code: Recollection does not add anything new to the adventure genre, and some of its references feel slightly dated. However, its focus on character-driven narrative and its remastered graphics are enough to keep players’ attention until the end. I recommend this to gamers looking for a a good story, millennials needing Trace Memory nostalgia, and preteens wanting an age-appropriate, edgy experience.

The Bottom Line

 

The family-friendly content and ease of play make this an ideal first game for newcomers to the genre and younger gamers looking to expand into more mature titles.

 

8

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Courtney Floyd

Courtney has loved reading since she was a child. Kid's books, YA, memoirs, comics, graphic novels, manga, anything. She also loves bingeing anime, keeping up with her favorite shows like Star Trek, and playing video games. She has two dogs named Kora and Crash (after the Airbender series and Crash Bandicoot, respectively).

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