Confessions Review (PC)

Confessions, confessions, are no fun

At the time of this writing, I’ve poured just about 120 hours into Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to), writing letters of encouragement to other users and trading stickers to complete my room decor collection. It’s a soothing game with a simple idea: most people are inherently good, they just need the environment for that part of them to flourish. Kind Words provided the environment, and the self-selecting community came together to be nice to each other — to complete strangers. In the very least, it’s a stress release to share what bothers us and get some feedback from those with insight, the interactions generally a positive experience.

When Confessions came across our Steam Curator Connect, it came with a note: “a darker version of Kind Words.” At first glance, yeah, it definitely looks that way. It has the anonymous writing and the reading of other anonymous writers. But that’s… about it.

And I do mean that literally — that’s all there is to the game.

Confessions

Players are asked to write about their darkest fears, their deepest sins, and their depressing secrets. Things they’ve been keeping close to their chest instead of telling others, or feel like they can’t tell others. They pour their heart out and submit their words, then read what others have written. Not wanting to participate in reading without “paying the toll,” I wrote about some PTSD I’ve been experiencing lately due to an accident I had when I was 4; my arm was severed off and subsequently reattached, but I have recently had invasive thoughts about losing my arm again. It’s not something I feel like I have to hide, but it’s not like it comes up in casual conversation either.

At first, it felt kind of good just throwing that out there into the aether. It actually kind of did feel like a burden had been lifted to an extent, and in the past few days, I’ve thought about that fear a little less often than I had been. Maybe there was something to just getting it off your chest after all.

Confessions

But all of the good that one might feel about anonymous sharing is undone by reading other confessions. Some of them are deep, but fairly normal thoughts — one person questioned their belief in God, and another was worried about not telling their parents they loved them enough. But others get downright disturbing to the point where you do not feel good. Confessions of torture, suicide attempts, and more. I won’t repeat them here, but one YouTuber has collected a few of the more concerning ones for those interested.

At least a few trolls get in here and there to break the unsettling momentum; it’s oddly a welcome change of pace.

Confessions

It’s here where Confessions has attempted to recapture the mechanic of Kind Words but falls short in a few different areas. For one, you can’t connect with other people to reassure them that things will be okay, but honestly, I want to talk to exactly 0% of these people and I’d decline any attempts for them to try to talk to me about things as well. Second, some of the things that are said are really, really concerning, but there are no trigger warnings, no mental health services, no way to kind of go “hey, this person is definitely experiencing suicidal ideation and could use some help.” It’s honestly pretty irresponsible to release this without some sort of warning or list of services or… something. Anything.

Additionally, there are only a few confessions to cycle through before the game runs out of ones to show you and then never repeats any of them. And like, I get that you don’t want to read them on repeat per se, but I played this game a few days ago, came back to see if there was anything to read, and was met with nothing. I don’t think it even shows me my own? Coupled with UI that doesn’t show (the upside down cross is a box for me) and is fairly confusing (what are the arrows for if the cross is the button to click to get to the next confession?), Confessions is absolutely not the darker version of Kind Words… it’s just plain dark (in more ways than one).

I hate dunking on a game made by solo and small teams, but Confessions is blah at best and extremely irresponsible at worst. I’m not saying it shouldn’t exist, but mental health professionals should have been consulted to add things like list of resources for grief, depression, or suicidal thoughts. People are confessing to committing crimes on here FFS (assuming they’re being truthful, of course). If you have an interest, you’re welcome to check it out on Steam for $2.99 or itch.io for free, but do so at your own discretion. Post Secret remains the superior analog version anyway.


Final Verdict: 2/5

Available on: PC (reviewed); Publisher: Love & Peace Games; Developer: Love & Peace Games; Players: 1; Released: August 18, 2021; MSRP: $2.99

Editor’s note: This review is based on a retail copy of Confessions provided by the publisher.

Heather Johnson Yu
Born at a very young age; self-made thousandaire. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. Covered in cat hair. Probably the best sleeper in the world. Still haven't completed the civil war quest in Skyrim but I'm kind of okay with that. Too rad to be sad.

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