Archive for Horror Game

Review: Tattletail (Video Game)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2017 by Lilliandra Winters

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Furbies were fucking everywhere. I mean everywhere. You couldn’t get away from them. If you didn’t have one, then you knew someone who did and that was that. They were adorably creepy and I can’t tell you how entertaining I find it that my mother was constantly jump scared by mine. I remember they weren’t allowed to be in most places because they held the ability to record. Fast forward and those of us who find dolls terrifying now have a reason to fear furbies, or Hatchimals, if you want to be more current.

So, it’s days before Christmas and you wake up in the middle of the night to go peek at your presents and discover that you are receiving a Tattletale, the hit toy for the holiday season. You are so eager that you open it up and immediately play with it, but the Tattletale is much more than it seems. The Tattletale is increasingly demanding, requiring grooming, actual food and charging at its station in the basement. Also, don’t forget about Mama.

This game is fucking terrifying. It combines several fears together and shoves them into a child’s toy. After the first night, I am constantly wondering why you would go back but it seems like these fuckers, once unleashed, will NOT go back to sleep. Every night, you have to deal with this tiny demon, feeding, brushing and charging. However, Mama doesn’t like you. (THEY NEVER SAY WHY, SHE JUST DOESN’T, LIKE A JUDGEMENTAL BITCH!) You are sent on these crazy quests, having to take Tattletale with you (who WON’T SHUT UP). (I KNOW YOU LOVE ME, SHUT UP ALREADY!) However, there is a reason for the chaos. You realize that shit is much worse than previously thought, it is creepy as fuck once you figure it out. Don’t forget to collect all of the eggs for the ‘good’ ending.

This game is amazing. The concept is terrifying. It’s well written, the art/graphics are incredible, and the music/sound creates so much anxiety on top of what you already have to go through. Panic on top of panic is how you want to play a horror game. An extreme sense of urgency makes it easy to forget that you are a terrified child just trying to survive your own Christmas toys and make it the joyous holiday of gift giving. I can’t give this enough praise, the fear is real, the ending is almost perfect and I’m setting every Furbie I see on fire. Play it for yourself, FFS it’s only $5! Prepare for some jump scares and have fun sleeping!

Review: Notes of Obsession (Video Game)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2016 by Lilliandra Winters

Developer: Creaky Stairs Studios
Platform: PC

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Notes of Obsession is a short horror game for the PC. For a short game, about 30 minutes, it is so incredibly detailed. The stage is your own home and you are the wife/mom. Doors are slamming, there’s creepy laughing, and mysterious music on a dark and stormy night. The details of the house are so painstaking, from textures to the house knick knacks, that I was immediately impressed. We definitely can’t forget the horror elements of flashing lights, wet walls and each bump in the night.

Wondering around the house, you find a music box that, combined with demonic symbols, makes this one hell of a ride. Throwing jump scares at you like Halloween candy with some definite Silent Hills inspired elements, this is worth your time if you are looking for a good scare.

For such a short game, I don’t want to spoil too much so you have to go play it yourself; however I do have an end theory.

Either way, go play the game, come back and tell me what you thought, if you agree with my theory and more games you want me to check out.
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SPOILERS: I believe that the dagger is a cursed object that was brought into the home and took over the son while the father was out. I feel that, at the end, it is indeed the son. However, this isn’t confirmed. It’s just my theory.

WintersOver4

Continuous (Video Game)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2015 by Lilliandra Winters

Continuous & Continuously
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Continuous
Continuous is another loop-style horror game very much like Silent Hills PT. I can’t say that I’m surprised. Silent Hills PT was impressive, frustrating and chilling.

I was impressed by the graphics. They were better than I expected them to be in Continuous. The hallway was pleasant and looked like any hallway in any home with paintings on the wall. The hallway light flashes as you pass. The hall has a nursery, a storage room and a bathroom. You obviously don’t access all of these rooms immediately. The last door leads into the hallway again.

This game is much less puzzles and much more anticipation. Lots of sounds, red lights, black outs. Of course, there is a creepy baby crying and no baby to be seen. It has zero story and what I can only assume is the end is… well, it’s a guess that it’s the end of the game.

I think it was fairly awesome. It screws with you a lot, which is the point of horror games. If I understand correctly, this is their first attempt at a game and it was well done and part of a process.
Continuously 
The second installment was much different. This time, you have a stairwell for what looks like an office building of some sort. The graphics felt about the same, however this time there was a story to follow… sort of.

The story explains that a young girl was seen going into this room (I assume the room on the second floor) and was found dead with no explanation as to what may have killed her. They didn’t say how she died either, so I have to assume it was messy. The only thing out of place was a dark shadow near the windows.

The only thing I came away confused about was the whole lamp thing. “I just wanted to buy a lamp to brighten up his room.” This makes no sense in the story of what’s going on and seems kind of thrown in last minute to explain all the lamps you keep running into. You can only assume that “his” is a reference to the thing trying to kill you, but it’s never made clear.

Honestly, if I could combine both the games into one, I think it would be pretty solid. I enjoyed the area of the first one much more, but loved the fact that the second one actually had a story and, better yet, actually had an ending.

I would like to see what more they have to offer in the future. The improvement from one game to the next was impressive and obviously showed advancement. I hope this turns out to be a trilogy. It would be awesome to see if these two games were linked in some way.

Both games did what they were made to do: kept you at the edge of your seat and made you reluctantly continue, hesitating at every turn.

This is definitely worth playing.

WintersOver4

Silent Hills PT (Video Game)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by Lilliandra Winters

Silent Hills Playable Trailer
Available: Never for Nothing

Silent Hills is a (cancelled) horror game by Konami. Not to be confused with Silent Hill, this game was to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, the man behind Pacific Rim, Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labrynth and Hellboy among others. Of course, he has been quoted that the cancellation is ‘fucking stupid’ and I couldn’t agree with him more.

This trailer takes place in a hallway with one room and features all sorts of “Nope” and “Fuck That.” You know very little about this game, so little that people have found it impossible to complete. With a little help from the interwebs and that poor soul that figured it out the first time, it can be completed.

You’re away in a barren basement and, upon exiting the room, you stand at the end of an L-shaped hallway. There is plenty to see in, what appears to be, a normal hallway in a normal house. The radio crackles to life and reports of a man who killed his wife, carrying her unborn child, and then hung himself. Their child hid in the bathroom. You have no idea why you are here or what you are supposed to do. Other than surviving, that is.

You are gift-wrapped an experience of jump scares, creepy stories, sounds, a baby crying at 3am and you don’t have a baby, horrific scenes and amazing graphics. The puzzles become increasingly more difficult and you are given little choice but to continue. After all the work you do, you finally escape only to realize two horrible things. That was just the introduction to the game. A game that you will never get the chance to play.

I’ve seen some terrifying horror before and this jumps right to the top for me. Everything about it screams amazing and that you will never sleep again for as long as you live.

You also break nearly every single one of our rules.

I say go forth and play the trailer! If you can find it. It’s been pulled. I see there are some fan sites out there that have recreated it for the PC.

Ah, Norman Reedus, it looks like I will never play you.

Sleep Tight

WintersOver4