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2 months ago
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Review: Inscryption

I’ve never really been much into tabletop card games. If you don’t count the couple years in college I lost my life to Magic: The Gathering, that is (and I don’t remember much of that time, considering that was right around when I turned 21…). Setting that specific time aside, tabletop card games just never
2 months ago
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Review: In Sound Mind

Nightmare House is certainly a name that brings back memories. I played that way back in 2010 and, 11 years later, it still stands out as a memorable first-person shooter that managed to genuinely frighten me. So of course when I saw the folks behind it made In Sound Mind, alongside having music from The
6 months ago
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Review: Layers of Fear 2

A while back I’d played through a little indie horror title centering around a depraved artist called Layers of Fear, and enjoyed it. Years passed, and then what do I see but a sequel arriving on the Switch! Of course, this is but a port of a PC version which launched two years ago, leading
9 months ago
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In Sound Mind is Horror that Keeps You in Control

A horror game that doesn’t wrest control from the player. A title that can instill dread and fear without dictating it to the person in control. That’s the goal We Create Stuff’s CEO Ido Tal had for their upcoming game, In Sound Mind, of which he is also the co-producer. In a presentation for his
12 months ago
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Review: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

In a way, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a very simple game to review. This is a game somewhere on the greater Soulslike spectrum, so the question is just a matter of whether it succeeds on that spectrum or not. If you like that point on the spectrum and it works, you’ll like this. Simple!
1 year ago
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Review: Strobophagia

You want to know a game I absolutely love? The Beginner’s Guide. Except that line is kind of a lie, because The Beginner’s Guide is only a game in the broadest sense. There are few interactive objects in the game, and none of them have any bearing on the very linear experience the game offers;
1 year ago
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Review: Clea

Sekai Project is one of the more well-known translators and published in the past decade’s uprising of visual novels in the west, along with a number of Japanese indie games from other genres. Until recently, though, most of the company’s projects had been focused mostly on PC.
1 year ago
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Preview: Remothered: Broken Porcelain

As someone who really does love horror as a genre, horror games are a tricky beast to get right. Even more than other media, video games seem to almost hate the idea of horror down to their fundamental structure.
1 year ago
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Review: Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star

Video games are finally becoming an accepted format to tell involved, intimate, and personal stories. At least, it seems that way to me. What was once the exclusive realm of film and literature appears to finally be normalized in the gaming medium, which has long been questioned on artistic merit (and whether it has any).
1 year ago
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Review: Carrion

Have you ever watched a horror movie and found yourself rooting for the murderer/stalker/creature killing all of the main characters? Perhaps the characters you’re “supposed” to cheer on are all unlikable…or maybe you just enjoy watching buckets of blood being poured on your screen. Well then boy howdy do I have the game for you!
1 year ago
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Review: Song of Horror

Horror really is one of the most popular genres in the indie scene, and it’s easy to see why. Fear is such a visceral reaction that sticks with a player years after they’ve stopped playing. It allows for telling tales a bit more complicated than the usual fight against evil. It relies on the unseen
22 Apr 2020
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Review: The Shattering

If there’s one genre the indie scene loves to cover, it’s psychological horror. The unsettling journey into a deranged psyche allows disquieting and surreal imagery that touches on something deep within us, and as they’re by nature weird and experimental it’s something the AAA industry rarely covers. Today we’re covering The Shattering, brought to us
19 Feb 2020
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Preview: World of Horror

Things aren’t quite right in this 1980s seaside Japanese town. If that simple introduction rings any bells for you then this game, self-described as a love letter to Junji Ito’s revolutionary Japanese horror stories, might be for you. World of Horror is a text-based, retro-style adventure with a 1-bit or 2-bit style as a tribute
3 Dec 2019
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Review: Simulacra

An increasing interest in alternate reality games, or ARGs, has led to a surge in titles focused on using items such as our own phones to uncover secrets. A Normal Lost Phone is a great example of storytelling through the use of a mobile phone to uncover more information about the fictional phone’s missing owner.
18 Nov 2019
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Review: Tokyo Dark: Remembrance

Back in 2014, Square Enix entered into an interesting experiment. One that would help indie developers pitch ideas, gain public interest, and possibly receive assistance in the creation and publication of their work. That experiment is known as the Square Enix Collective.
2 Nov 2019
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Review: Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient

Hospital From Hell XSEED’s at it again, bringing me more stuff to write about. And what’s this you say? It’s Halloween? That’s great then, because we’ve got a horror game on the docket today in Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient. Now I will preface this by saying I’m not personally familiar with the series, but
1 Nov 2019
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Review: Corpse Party: Blood Drive

It’s Halloween, and that means spooks, scares, blood, and gore! We’re sitting down with the latest entry in the Corpse Party series, Corpse Party: Blood Drive, which released earlier this month for PC, a vastly more accessible state than its earlier PS Vita release. Corpse Party: Blood Drive, developed by Team GrisGris and published by
14 Jun 2019
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E3 2019 Hands-on: The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

In the chaotic and noisy environment of a gaming expo, it's not too often that you see a demo for a darker, narrative-heavy game. Titles that want to immerse the player are going to struggle to present themselves against a backdrop of flashy lights and loud music...although that's not to say that it is an impossible feat.
10 Apr 2019
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Review: Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash

The "fan disc" is a relatively common thing when it comes to visual novels. After pouring hours of life into reading through a story, some people will surely come to care for the characters therein and want to spend more time with them.