When the Darkness Comes [PC]

dark boxGame: When the Darkness Comes
Available Platforms: PC
Price: Free
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Psychological Horror, Indie
Players: 1
Developer: Sirhaian
Release date: March 1, 2019

 

 


Hello and welcome to Jay’s Game Reviews! Today I am reviewing Sirhaian‘s Psychological Horror game When the Darkness Comes.


 

Dark 1When the Darkness Comes is not a game for everyone, as the warning says at the game’s start screen. The game delves into the psychology of anxiety and depression, and can therefore be upsetting for some individuates (this reviewer included). Please play with caution and remember, it’s just a game! If you find yourself needing to exit after starting I found that you will need to press CTRL-ALT-Delete, open Task Manager, and end the task from there.


PROS:

  • Narration. This game, much like “The Stanley Parable” is narrated throughout by an unseen character. The narrator does a great job of drawing the player into the game world. The dialogue it well written and allows the player to feel like they are not just part of the story, but the story itself.
  • Lighting. Sirhaian did a great job using light and shadows to guide the player throughout the game. Additionally, there are small details in low lit areas, areas that are the wrong way, such as the words “wrong way” on a border block early in the game (see image below). dark 5
  • Music. The music in the game by Julie Maxwell sets the mood very well. The sound effects add to the pacing and help with amping up the horror aspect.
  • Single Developer. This game was made by one person who utilized Unity assets that he found online to help build the game world, sound effects from freesound.org and outsourced the music. That is pretty impressive!

Dark 2CONS:

  • No exit. Once the player starts the game the only way to exit that I found is to press CTRL-ALT-Delete, open Task Manager, and end the task from there. For a game that starts with a “Trigger Warning” that seems a little counter-intuitive.

Dark 3When the Darkness Comes is a dark game that takes the player on a tour of the human psyche looking at depression, anxiety and suicide. While the game is not for all players, it is really well done and you can feel the passion that the developer put into his project. One of my favorite things about indie games is that they are made by developers who have a real passion for making games, for telling their stories, and for entertaining us, the players. Triple A studios could take a lesson from games like When the Darkness Comes; and I hope that, for the sake of gaming’s future, someday they do.


Does this weeks game sound interesting to you? You can pick up When the Darkness Comes for yourself on Steam or at Sirhaian‘s website for free write now and experience it now.


I Rate this adventure 97 out of 100


Check out my first impressions video below:

Remothered: Tormented Fathers [PC]

Remothered flagGame: Remothered: Tormented Fathers
Available Platforms: PC, PS4, XBox One
Price: PC $9.99 (USD), PS4 & XBox One $17.99 (USD)
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Horror, Action
Players: 1
Developer: Darril Arts
Release date: Jan 30, 2018

 

 


Hello and welcome to Jay’s Game Reviews! Today I am reviewing Italian game studio Darril Arts‘ Horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers.


Red Nun
The Red Nun will scare the crap out of you!

Remothered: Tormented Fathers is another game that I had the privilege to Beta test and have seen it evolve into the masterpiece that it is today. I do not use the word “masterpiece” lightly, this game is a true gem! If you are a fan of Survival Horror I highly recommend Remothered, and I’m not the only one! You might ask, “What makes it so good?” Well, as always lets take a look at some pros and cons of this game.


Pros

  • Highly terrifying. This game really makes he player’s adrenaline pump as they are constantly hunted through out the game. The constant dread of being caught at any moment serves to keep the player on edge and always alert.
  • Defenseless protagonist. Dr. Rosemary Reed the protagonist that the player controls throughout the game has two ways to elude her tormentor, she can hide in wardrobes and she can throw bottles into his face. That’s about it though! This lack of defensive weapons leaves the player feeling vulnerable throughout the game.
  • A nice creepy story. Without giving away too much (because spoilers suck!), Dr. Reed busts into Dr. Richard Felton’s home for her concern for Celeste a young girl gone missing. As you might suspect, Felton is not happy with the trespasser!
  • Corpse with moths
    Creepy good graphics!

    Visually appealing, in a creepy way. This game is beautifully rendered, even if that beautiful rendering is scary and creepy as hell!

  • Voice acting is well done. The voice actors in this game did a great job! Danielle McRae (League of Legends, World of Warcraft) as Reed and Adam Harrington (Bigby Wolf, Tales of Monkey Island) as Felton really show the emotions of their characters. They are joined by Lani Minella as Gloria & Red Nun, Olivia Steele as Celeste Felton & Jennifer, Talmadge Ragan as Madame Svenska and Brandon Fague as Mr. Manni all of which really bring the game to life.

Cons

  • Very difficult. This gave takes things back to the 1990’s when video games were extremely difficult with no apologies. I would personally consider this a Pro, but I understand that it can be a deal breaker for some players.
  • Not for children. This game by its nature is NOT kid friendly and will likely keep them up all night with nightmares. While I would have played this game as a kid, I would not recommend it to most young people.

Rosemary in bathroom
Even the in-game graphics have that scary-good quality!

As you might have guessed, I really enjoyed this game! Everything about it really feeds my craving for horror, and scratches that creepy itch. I highly recommend Remothered: Tormented Fathers to anyone who enjoys a good scare, but be warned: This game is not for those who don’t like horror or children. I listed two cons, but to be honest, I really had to think about them. In fact I spent about three hours and played the game some more trying to come up with something to put on the list. I can’t really fault the game for these two cons though, as they are there by design and serve to make the game what it is.


Want to experience the frights for yourself? You can pick up Remothered: Tormented Fathers from the game’s official site for  Xbox One, PS4, and PC or for PC on the Steam Store.


I Rate this game 100 out of 100. That’s right, this game is THAT GOOD!


You can check out my original beta testing for the game below: