CURRENT SPOOKS

 

 

This has the look of a MOD (essentially another variation of a previously created game) though I believe it is a complete and stand alone build (don’t quote me on that). ‘The Curse of Blackwater’ was developed by the creator of ‘Slender Man’s Shadow’ and was released on July 1, 2013 to the gaming masses. Though it does not offer anything really unique or different it is a good play with some tense and scary moments that will get your blood pumping. Blending traditional horror with science fiction concepts ‘Blackwater’ attempts to bridge a difficult gap in story design (unless your just a straight up B-Rated movie lover) but lets leave the story out of it; just solving the puzzle of navigating the facility while staying alive is game enough.

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This is a great example of just letting the landscape do the work. This is the ‘The Cursed Forest’ developed by an Indie gamer from the Siberian region of Russia who goes by the moniker KPy30 on his IndieDB page. Released Jan 22, 2014 via download at the IndieDB page it is a masterful attempt at a rather simple game, you are lost or trapped or whatever in this possessed forest and your main goal is to find your way out. To do so you will have to free the spirit which is trapped there and were not talking about ole Inky, he is not there to help you.

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Welcome to the Bright Dawn Treatment Center for the Criminally Insane, yeah we all got a little psycho in us. Originally developed by Renegade Kid in 2010 for the Nintendo DS ‘Dementium II’ has been faithfully reproduced for the PC by Memetic Games out of Cape Town, South Africa and re-released Dec 17 of 2013. It is much more controlled than some of the newer FPS offerings, fitting into the horror niche nicely with its sort of thorazine shuffle approach which causes the player to think before acting (usually not a trait high on the list of most shooters), actually the shooter part must be managed wisely among all of your available options or its lights out for you. Come inside and meet the good Doc, he’s a special sort of fellow.

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Released Oct 29, 2013 by Rising Star Games this little joyride is, how shall I say it, messed the hell up. This is the kind of game you will either love or hate, it even owns the Guinness Record for “Most Polarizing Survival Horror Game” though I would use survival horror lightly. It has a lot of imagery and a huge story filled with characters that may be eligible for little white jackets just as much as the insanity your chasing deserves a small, cold cell. Originally developed by Access Games in 2010 the story is now told by an elderly York to his granddaughter and the ending hints of a sequel, maybe.

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Here is an interesting still frame audio of the caretaker’s story concerning what went down at the Grimhaven Orphanage in Illinois. This is Huntsman: The Orphanage (Halloween Edition), the full release completely fleshed out since the Black Friday release and trimmed in just the right places (mostly in the dialogue, which used to be as drawn out in game as this audio here); if you want the full character dialogues they are still there, stored neatly in the basement. Presented by Shadowshifters, a unique indie company comprised at its core of the Waring family with a stated mission of bringing to light the “entertainment industry’s responsibilities to depict non-violent conflict resolution and ethnic and gender diversity”. Released Oct 31, 2013 the Huntsman brings us a maze of worry and basically non-violent conflict, come and get lost with us.

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From the land down under where great horror flicks such as ‘Black Water’, ‘Next of Kin’ and the awesome ‘Wolf Creek’ were produced comes a new indie horror game release from a group of students at the Queensland University. ‘Run Into The Dark’, Oct 20, 2013, is very much inspired by the original Slender model but what is so promising in this work is the fact that all of the underlying currents within the story, the ties to a factual place, the promise of death that permeates the air in this place and the lost hope of the human souls that came before you speak of great possibilities in any future works that this group may undertake. Play this game with an objective eye and you will see the promise of something deeper lurking in its shadows.

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The first two chapters of ‘Doorways’ has arrived. It is now time to set aside the Demo and delve full force into the job of tracking down four very deviant criminals with some very nasty fetishes. Actually Chapters III and IV will not arrive until sometime in 2014 so we will only be introduced to the first two for the time being but sharing their dark, evil worlds will be quite enough to give you late night visions behind the old eye lids. Delivered by Saibot Studios for PC on Sept 20, 2013 ‘Doorways’ will deliver you into a world of dark, shadowy landscapes; horrific human suffering and puzzling, evil minds. Join us now for a look at this short but unique gaming experience.

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Welcome to London just before the turn of the 20th century and one mans vision to fix whatever the hell is wrong with this beautiful organism called society. It is the height of the Industrial Age and one factory in particular has begun to manifest a manifesto of its own thanks to the antagonistic ways of the protaganisitc Mandus, an explorer/industrialist who seems to have twisted his vision of things to come into his own self ruin; not to mention that of his fellow Londoners as well. At once he is in full command, yet confused at the current state of affairs and driven to set it all to purpose even if he is no longer sure of what that purpose was or who put it into motion. Released Sept 10, 2013 by The Chinese Room in partnership with Frictional Games you are cordially invited to the squeal fest.

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Released Sept 4, 2013 by the Canadian studio Red Barrels ‘Outlast’ comes at us hard and without mercy. It is the bloody, tormented culmination of scientific studies and grotesque human experimentation gone horribly wrong. With its historical roots reaching into the stained pages of Operation Paperclip, and tinged with just the proper amount of German folklore, we are treated to what has got to be the most disturbing survival horror game to show its dark soul to date. Enter Mount Massive but savor the cool night air, it may well be the last bit of sanity you ever experience.

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In March of 2013 Parsec Productions in conjunction with Blue Isle Studios released the fully fleshed version of Slender Man that was previewed in the beta release ‘The Eight Pages’. ‘The Arrival’ takes us on a journey of survival where even friends can be of question and totally redeems the repetitive nature of its predecessor.

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