The future of horror gaming became a little bleaker today with the announcement that the beloved Kickstarter horror game Allison Road is canceled. This highly anticipated game looked to build upon the formula established by games like P.T., but now some mysterious obstacles in the publishing process will likely prevent it from being released at all.
While the loss of this promising title is devastating, fortunately the world of indie gaming is filled with enough horror masterpieces to help genre fans fill the void. Those looking to cope with the cancellation announcement by spending their evening getting the hell scared out of them should look towards one of these classics to help do the job.
Layers of Fear
It’s easy to dismiss Layers of Fear as just another jump scare game if you just watch the trailers and look at some of the images, but developer Bloober Team’s project is much more than just another anything.
This story of a painter slowly descending into madness as he tries to find the inspiration for his masterpiece certainly draws upon what games like P.T. and Allison Road were trying to do in the sense that it derives much of its scares from its creepy environment and first-person exploration, but the artistic design of this title combined with its greater emphasis on psychological torment over jump scares makes it a unique entrant into the genre.
Layers of Fear is just as capable of terrifying you with elements that remain unseen as it is the things that jump out at you from the dark.
Although Fran Bow is a far different game than P.T., Allison Road or indeed the other games on this list, what this title manages to accomplish is far too notable to overlook when recommending indie horror games.
Fran Bow is the story of a girl that finds her parents have been gruesomely murdered and attempts to discover the meaning behind their death. Her investigation is complicated by a mental disorder that makes the bizarre events that play out before her all the more difficult to discern from reality.
The result is the video game version of a classic dark fairy tale that doesn’t hold back on disturbing imagery and creepy twists.
The creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent must have known that they’d have a tough time following up on one of the greatest indie horror games ever made, which is probably why they initially set out to make SOMA a sci-fi game rather than a pure horror title.
What they ended up with, though, is a horror game that trumps its spiritual predecessor in most every way. This journey through an underwater base that doubles as the scene of a horrific incident manages to unnerve its players through sudden scares much like P.T. did, but separates itself thanks to an increased emphasis on storytelling.
The narrative presented in SOMA is one of gaming’s greatest and will ensure that you continue to play long after your nerves are shot.
Monstrum is a first-person survival horror game that isn’t interested in reinventing the genre wheel. Instead, it just wants to scare the player as much as humanly possible.
In that pursuit, it is an overwhelming success. Monstrum uses procedurally generated levels and an increased difficulty factor to ensure that you never feel entirely
comfortable with what is transpiring. Survival in this game does not come easy, as it often requires the player to wade through seemingly unwinnable scenarios in order to learn how to survive in the future.
Anyone that appreciates the value of stealth in their horror games will instantly fall in love with this creepy masterpiece.
There’s always been something creepy about an abandoned amusement park. Maybe it’s the fact that a place we usually associate with being full of life is now suddenly devoid of it, but the visual of such a place sends chills down your spine.
The Park takes full advantage of this effect. Not only does it present a terrifying abandoned amusement park that’s full of funhouse scares, but it mixes it with the story of a lost child whose possible fate only adds to the suspense.
Though very short and big rough around the design edges, The Park is an old-fashioned scary good time.