October is nearly at its end, and the tide of terror has slowly crept its way across department stores all over the world. What better way to experience the advent of Halloween, than with a slew of horror games in the safety of your own room? Watching feature films is a definite must-do activity for fans of the scare-fest holiday, but there are many spooky and terrifying games out there that easily rival some of the best (and worst) feature films! Unfortunately, many of these games fly under the radar due to less than ideal release dates so far from October. Thus, I set out to gather the best and most interesting indie “horror” games released this year. Be it zombie-rushing, mind-bending, jump-scare infested creep-shows, or the more relaxed and adorable alternative, the following games represent what this year has to offer for Terror Fest 2016.
Layers of Fear – 15 February 2016
Taking control of a painter whose sole desire is to finish painting a true Masterpiece of Fear, his magnum opus, you must traverse the ever changing Victorian household and collect the required tools of the trade. The story unfolds through exploration, and the amount of effort you put into uncovering your surroundings dictates how much information about the painter’s dark and tragic past you will be rewarded with, along with which ending (of 3) you will receive. Furthermore, LoF utilizes “psychedelic horror,” a feature it prides itself on, known to change the look of the surroundings with the turn of a camera. Great…
Devil Daggers – 18 February 2016
Tags: FPS, Action, Difficult
In essence, Devil Daggers can be described as a minimalistic, bullet-hell arcade FPS. Actually, DD is best described as difficult. So difficult in fact, that I don’t believe Devil Daggers is a game that was designed to be beaten. It is a standard – one that is used to measure your first person shooting capabilities. With only an arena, a special dagger, and endless hordes of nefarious hell spawn thrust upon you, death is absolute; however, the length of time it takes for the inevitable is what motivates replayability. Global and friends-only leaderboards show where you stand against the greatest players, and a replay option provides the ability to observe their skill first-hand. There are no quests, missions, story, challenges, or minigames. Just pure, brutal, gladiatorial combat.
Duskers – 18 May 2016
Tags: Sci-fi, Strategy
In this sci-fi rogue-lite strategy game, Duskers tasks you to pilot drones through derelict space crafts in an effort to uncover how the universe became a giant graveyard, while fetching necessities for survival along the way. The story is fed to the player in bits and pieces through data logs from these Derelicts, and although it is the primary motivation for progression (logs/objectives are retainable upon death), the story is somewhat of a backseat experience in comparison to the shining gameplay. The logs are categorized by theories, and delving into these theories by following the objectives and investigation targets slowly, but surely, reveal information on what ultimately caused the devastation of the universe. Some of these logs don’t actually clue you in on anything either, but help build the unknown world with remnants of the ghostly past. Daily routine logs, chat logs, and postmortem logs are only some of what you will find, and they all help paint an eerie picture of the dark and horrific present.
Book of Demons [Early Access] – 28 July 2016
Tags: ARPG, Dungeon Crawler
Book of Demons is a fully voiced, Hack & Slash ARPG dungeon crawler coupled with deck-building aspects. Collect skill cards and upgrade them in order to save the world from demonic annihilation. Currently in Early Access, this ARPG manages to provide a very fun take on a popular classic many know and love, Diablo. In its current state, only one of three classes are unlocked (Warrior); however, the single-player campaign is complete, and nearly all of the spell cards are available. The story is mostly provided in bits and pieces through NPC gossip and creature descriptions throughout the duration of the campaign, along with minor cut scenes from the 3 major bosses. The bulk and core content comprising the gameplay focuses on pure, unadulterated, Hack & Slash dungeon crawling with intermittent trips to the town for healing and upgrades.
Pavilion – 23 September 2016
Pavilion is a hand-crafted audio-visual experience purposefully devoid of dialogue, text, and tutorials in an effort to express its story through visual cues and observations. Physical progression of the main character (MC) through his mysterious world filled with puzzles is dictated through interactions and manipulations of the environments themselves, providing only indirect control of the MC (you can not directly move him). This describes the game’s ambitious “fourth-person puzzling adventure”, and although Pavilion created a novel experience, it is encumbered with weak execution, ultimately denying potential for true greatness.
Watch This! – 23 September 2016
Watch This! is a first-person platformer with horror elements. For a relatively simple game, that pretty much sums everything up. Of course, it wouldn’t be any fun without a little bit of flair and sadistic flavor, so the game provides a rather interesting backstory for this parkour-to-survive title. In a society that seeks a more… visceral type of entertainment, an innovative broadcast station has taken upon themselves to build a labyrinthine space station filled with monsters and death traps. Players will enter the maze with only one way out, doing anything they can in their power to stay alive and appease fans of the show in order to be granted release from the infernal gauntlet.
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies (Neptunia) – 3 October 2016
Tags: Visual Novel, Action, Anime
At its core, MegaTagmension is a fully voiced visual novel with a little bit of beat em up/hack & slash thrown in, not too dissimilar to the Dynasty Warriors series. These battle sequences are relatively short and few in number, and play more to enhance the story’s sense of credibility, but ultimately plays a backseat role in expanding Idea Factory’s Neptunia universe. This new installment in the Nepverse follows Blanc in her own spin-off, detailing her actions in trying to save Gamicademi from getting overrun by zombies. Although the game isn’t too extreme or alienating as a starting point into the series, familiarity with the characters are expected.
Project Genom – 12 October 2016
Tags: Sci-fi, Action, MMO
This Early Access, buy-to-play sci-fi MMO was just recently released on Steam. The fledgling MMO is still in its Alpha development stage, and after a few early story missions, mounds and mounds of needed improvements can be seen in nearly every aspect of the game. Project Genom is a fairly ambitious project exhibiting goals to expand its world to open space, along with providing full voiceovers in two languages (English & Russian), so only time can tell whether the developers will manage to live up to their hopes and expectations. The devs also “strongly discourage those who expect a complete finished project from buying” Project Genom, so don’t be surprised if you experience some bugs, issues, and an all around lack of polish. The game currently has three major story chapters available for play alongside 100+ side quests, and the core MMO mechanics seem to be in place. Combat utilizes over-the-shoulder TPS aspects without a targeting/lock-on system. Regarding PG’s community, there seems to be a fair amount of players in the hub location with many still on their beginning missions. A Halloween update added in some nice flair throughout the Ark, decorating every open spot with pumpkins, skeletons, etc., and to top it all off, there is an operational bar in the Ark along with a “gentlemen’s club” seemingly under construction.
Slayaway Camp – 25 October 2016
Tags: Puzzle, Gore, Dark Humor
Teenagers beware! Slayaway Camp is a “darkly comic homage to 80s trash horror” presenting some extremely graphic content, mostly pertaining to the methods in which the main characters perform their acts of life-ending showmanship. Even though the character models are all voxel-based (similar to Minecraft), there can be some really gruesome scenes throughout this murder fest. In fact, some of these death animations are so creatively macabre, the developers must have employed someone whose entire job was to think up of ways to commit murder in an artistic manner. Bees, nails, spikes, water, etc. You name it, Skullface and company can make it happen. Furthermore, these artists of death have found their way into Slayaway Camp, populated with an absurd amount of innocent teenagers. Channel your inner demon and help guide these fiends through multitudes of brain-tickling puzzles.
Yomawari: Night Alone – 25 October 2016
Tags: Anime, Dark, Adventure
Japanese horror has always been such a bewitching genre to experience for me. Unlike traditional western horror games, J-horror loves to incorporate suspense with an affinity for supernatural monsters, spirits and demons. This is immediately prevalent in the rather shocking opening of Yomawari when an incident befalls our cute little protagonist. Her sister tries to help her out but in a mysterious turn of events, our heroine must now venture out into the dark town inhabited with every abstract demonic-looking being unknown to man, to uncover clues leading to the whereabouts of her loved ones. With only a flashlight to rely upon, how well you run/tiptoe/elude these terrors of the night ultimately determines whether reuniting is even a remote possibility.
Through the Woods – 27 October 2016
Tags: Atmospheric, Mythology, Adventure
There once was a time when “the woods” was a scary place to behold at night. Branches breaking underneath your feet, winds stirring up leaves all around you, and beings of the night watching your every move… Through the Woods brings back the memories of what people (especially parents) like to tell their children about the woods in order to keep them out of it. When the protagonist’s son is kidnapped and taken to an island, it is up to the mother to come to the rescue. Be wary that this game really burdens you with the feelings of loss and loneliness in a terrifying place, inspired by Norse mythology and Norwegian folk tales.
Terror Fest 2016 Giveaway – CLOSED
Prizes (Steam Keys): Redemption Instructions
- Book of Demons (x3) [Thanks to @ThingTrunk]
- Duskers (x2) [Thanks to @MisfitsAttic]
- In Fear I Trust: Episodes 1-4 Collection (x3) [Thanks to @]
- Project Genom + Project Genom – Bronze Avalon Pack (x3) [Thanks to @]
- Slayaway Camp (x3) [Thanks to Blue Wizard Digital @]
- Through the Woods: Collector’s Edition (x3) [Thanks to @]
- Watch This! (x3) [Thanks to @]
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