Saturday, October 27, 2012

Spooky Computer Games~ Round 2

Well I've received the latest variation of the plague from my peers at school so it seems I'm stuck home for a while. I'm a little disappointed because I was getting together with some friends to have a Halloween themed movie night. We were going to watch Beetlejuice, Alien, and the VHS I found the other day of Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School. That movie was my childhood...

Anyway! Since I'm bedridden I've been on my computer a whole lot and have been looking around for more 'spooky' games to pass the time with. So in the spirit of Halloween let me present...

1) Slender

If anyone reading this has never heard about Slenderman I advise you look him up. He started out as an entry in a photo-editing contest and has evolved into an insanely popular meme on the internet with his own detailed mythos. The goal of this game is simple. Find all of the notes hidden around this dark forest without Slenderman catching you. If you look at him for too long you'll go insane and lose. If he catches you you'll obviously lose. Basically, you need to always be going in the opposite direction as him, but he has a bad habit of spawning nearby. Not to mention, every time you find a note he hunts you more relentlessly. The game is mostly open, yet strangely claustrophobic at the same time. (Wait till you get to the indoor note) and the eerie atmosphere and sound of your own heartbeat induces some pretty major paranoia.

Is the Slenderman himself in this scary? No, the graphic are pretty bad, but the overall design of the game has managed to freak me out on several occasions. (He normally sneaks up on me. Not to mention sometimes you only see his foot sticking out from behind a tree...) There's also a replica called Slenderman's Shadow or something like that. The graphics are better and the enclosed maps(Sanatorium and Hospice are the two I know) are creepier even if it's a copycat game ^^

You can play Slender here.

2) Amnesia: The Dark Descent

 Alright, so this one isn't free unless you pirate it or receive it from a friend, but I love it and it's terrifying so it's going on the list. It has a long, complicated storyline that I'm not going to bother to explain, but here are the basics. Being in darkness too long, witnessing unsettling events, or staring at monsters will make you lose your sanity. You cannot fight the monsters in this so you have to hide or run away. You can hide in wardrobes or barricade doors, but monsters can often break through them. And speaking of doors, some of them are push and some are pull so imagine running from a monster and guessing wrong. FYI, you can't play this on a laptop, it's impossible because of the controls.

You can buy it here

3) Death's Embrace Escape

A straightforward escape game. You click around the laboratory trying to find a cure for your infection and an escape route. There's a jump scare on a constant loop. I advise wearing headphones for the...full experience ^^

Here you go.

4) 1916- Der Unbekannte Kreig

You're alone in the trenches of WWI. Navigating the trenches is difficult enough, and then the dinosaurs arrive. Yep, a pack of raptors has broken through the frontline and now they're after you. Grab what you can and head for the nearest ladder. The battlefield will save you from the dinosaurs, but at what cost?

The download is here.

5) SCP: Containment Breach

This is also a lot like Slender. The graphics are worse, but it's much harder. The creature you're trying to escape from can't move if you're looking directly at it. The problem is, you have to run away from it and it can teleport basically anywhere. You also have a blink meter and the monster can move extremely fast as soon as you finally blink. The game is really hard. I don't normally get very far.

 On a final note, I need to go get some pumpkins! Those crayon pumpkins I posted about earlier are probably on the to-do list, but I saw these on Tumblr and fell in love. I guess I have another project!

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