It's funny how many games I own from purchases with actual money but I'm finding my focus has been toward free games as of late.
What I played and finished:
Firstly, I've been digging the hell out of these RPG Maker/Wolf RPG Editor horror titles lately and played through several within the last month. Long before the only two I played were Yume Nikki (which is a great game) and .flow (a Yume Nikki fan game which is good but definitely not as good as YN), and now I have a bunch more I have downloaded, ready to play. I may give my thoughts on the following games soon but for now I'll just throw in a star rating next to them (out of a possible 5, or ***** stars).
The Crooked Man ****1/2 (by far my favorite one of these games as of this writing)
The Witch's House ***1/2
Mad Father ***1/2
Ao Oni ***
Hello? Hell...o? **1/2
Clock of Atonement **1/2 (not really a horror game per se but the subject matter is pretty damn dark)
Most of these games are pretty short (the last three especially) so that's how I was able to go through them so quickly. I didn't haphazardly rush through them either, I did take special care in getting the best or "true" endings for all of the ones applicable, saw all the endings and paintings for the unlockable gallery in Ib, etc. I did need to consult a walkthough more than once, I will admit (some of the solutions being stupidly obvious that I failed to notice when I should have), especially, say, for finding certain well-hidden gems in Mad Father (necessary for the "full" ending).
Through the Portal - an Amnesia full conversion custom story. Basically it imagines what might have happened right after the abrupt end of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, the "best" ending that is. Won't spoil it for those who have yet to play it (the ending is kind of meh I have to admit), but as for this custom story the environments are pretty amazing to behold. Extremely creative use of the game's resources and possibly some custom stuff. I know there are a number of custom stories that are pretty long and involved, possibly as long or longer than the actual original game itself, but this is definitely not one of them. This one can be completed in under an hour, maybe less if you know what you're doing. Not so heavy on scares, but there are a few chase scenes. Overall, thumbs up!
Sepulchre - another horror game, but this one is very different from the usual fare. No blood or gore (though there is rotting food!), jumpscares, monsters, chase scenes, basically nothing you'd expect from your average horror game made today. A very old-fashioned, Henry James type of horror you could say. And yet it still manages to be unsettling, so much respect for this game! It takes place on a train, and the story is... strange, to say the least. And confusing. Though there is a certain "twist" you might see coming right from the beginning, everything surrounding this twist and giving it context is highly ambiguous and I assume is meant to be symbolic. Though I still don't really quite understand the entire story, it manages to be a gripping one, with great voice acting and artwork, done by one of the guys who does art for Wadjet Eye's games (it looks, plays and feels a lot like a Wadjet Eye title in fact though this one was actually made by Owl Cave, the developers behind Richard & Alice). Definitely has its share of creepy moments even though, as I said, it relies not on any standard horror game tropes. Not a long title, maybe a half hour or so worth of gameplay, some basic puzzles, only a few rooms to explore and backtrack to and even fewer characters to talk to. A really good game though that manages to cram a surprising amount of substance in its limited confines. And it's free too! Though you can also buy it in a "deluxe" set (which I didn't know about when I downloaded the game) which includes I think a soudtrack, artwork, that sort of thing, but also I believe a book one of the game's makers wrote in .pdf form. So yeah, I liked this one a lot.
The 4th Wall - the only game on this list that I had to pay for (if you don't count the Amnesia custom story which requires actually purchasing Amnesia, which I had for a while anyway, to play it), though it was dirt cheap, something like $1.99. This one is also labeled as horror, though more than anything it's weird as fuck. Again, really short, but there's a lot of awesome-looking scenes and effects to behold. You'll definitely be tripping balls playing this, but I probably wouldn't recommend playing with hallucinogens, that'd be one hellish trip you'd have if you did.
Post edited February 01, 2014 by cannard