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Pinstripe (Xbox)

Developed by Atmos Games, Pinstripe was released on PC (Steam) in 2017 for £10.99 and is available now on PS4 for £11.59 and Xbox One for £11.99.

I would describe Pinstripe ultimately, as a puzzle game which has a certain degree of exploration to it. You’ll play as Teddy, an ex-minister who’s three-year-old daughter, Bo, has been kidnapped. Learn about Teddy’s past by discovering his secrets whilst confronting the shady sleazeball, Mr Pinstripe.  

I really enjoyed the story so I will endeavour to avoid any spoilers throughout my review.

Pinstripe has six beautifully designed levels of hell which Teddy must traverse through in order to find his missing daughter. At first, I'll admit that I struggled with remembering which direction everything was but once you've been back and forth a few times, navigating through the game becomes second nature.

One of the things that really struck me about Pinstripe was the voice acting. The voice actors have done a brilliant job bringing life and personality to their characters. I love how during conversations where Teddy must respond, the player is offered a choice of answering nicely or as a bit of an ass. For my first playthrough I decided to go ahead down the nastier route but on completing the game, no achievement unlocked. I am hoping that it is going to be fixed sooner rather than later but it would appear that frustratingly, the achievement is broken for now.

The controls are fairly simple to learn and for the most part, will do as they are told. My biggest frustration of Pinstripe is the RS when using the slingshot. It feels so incredibly clunky and it takes quite a lot of getting used to, thankfully once you have enough frozen shards, you’ll be able to purchase a much better weapon which will rectify this issue. The enemies that you encounter, including the mini-boss type enemies, don’t prove too much of an issue and can be easily killed without ever taking damage and the upgraded weapon will melt through enemies even quicker!

Aside from the overriding story, there are a number of mini-games to complete throughout Pinstripe such as three rounds of balloon popping and spot the difference paintings, just to name a couple of them. Some of the games are crucial to the game’s progression but others can be missed entirely if you’re not paying attention. I thought that they were a great addition to the game, allowing for happy distraction from the surrounding nightmarish hell you have found yourself in.

Frozen shards are the collectibles and type of currency in Pinstripe so make sure that you pick up as many as possible because you really will need them! There are also vintage filmstrips to be collected but these won't necessarily be lying around for you to find, they will require some specialist actions.

Without trying to give too much away, I have to say that I absolutely adored the ending of Pinstripe. In fact, there is more than one potential ending to Pinstripe depending on your choices during your time in hell. The ability to continue playing in order to progress the end credits was a wonderful touch. It may be because I am a parent that I was so struck by the ending of the story, but I was really moved by it. If anything, I do wish that it could have been a little longer somehow.

Once you have completed the story, there is ‘Adventure Plus’ mode in which you are given a golden key and the ability to access secret rooms which happen to have bountiful treasures within, enabling you to purchase some of the shop items that you couldn’t afford throughout the first playthrough. Adventure Plus provides the perfect opportunity to attempt to unlock all of the remaining achievements because you shouldn’t be restricted by a lack of frozen shards in subsequent playthroughs.

Aside from the story length and issues that I had with the controls, I enjoyed playing Pinstripe. It is charming, and I was genuinely surprised at how much I was affected by the story. I am so glad that I have played it, even with one of the achievements potentially broken. If I had to give it a score it would still be 8/10, I really hope that the achievement issue is addressed promptly as I know it will put some people off. Nonetheless, I would absolutely recommend playing this.

Pinstripe has 12 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. Although it isn’t the longest achievement list in the world, completing Pinstripe will need playing through more than once. There are achievements for being both bad and good as well as for completing the game in less than an hour, so you’ll have your work cut out (it may be worth looking at a walkthrough guide for that one). If you need any help or guidance, then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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