Indie games are the future, man. It’s one of the gaming industry’s last remaining bastions of creativity, undiluted by the pesky hand of a marketing team, PR rep, or publisher. Last month we took a look at you really need to play, and because you all seemed to enjoy that, we’re doing it again.
Today, we’re going to sneak a peek at another batch of indie horror games, only this time, they’re all free.That’s right. Each of these games comes with a price tag of nada, meaning you can enjoy free scares — arguably the best kind — the only work you need to put into it is in downloading them. I’ve played them all, and I’ve decided to share my harrowing adventures with each with all of you. So sit back, snuggle under the covers and feel free to imagine me sitting in front of you with a flashlight under my chin.Read on for my list of six free indie horror games you need to play!Before we get into it, check out five of our most anticipated upcoming indie horror games! InsanityI played through Insanity fairly recently, but I’m sure I won’t soon forget how nervous I was playing this game. It’s built up masterfully, becoming more and more intense as you progress through the game. It’s basically Silent Hill meets Amnesia, with the monsters of the former and the unpredictability of the latter.
The way it’s designed has you going through one level at a time, with each level getting progressively more horrifying and/or difficult to survive through. The above playthrough is from level 3 or 4 (of 50+) so I can only imagine how bad it gets later on.If you decide to try this game out, I highly recommend not bringing along your smart ass friend to commentate on the goings on on-screen. It certainly didn’t help me.
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Eyes: The Horror GameDon’t have enough time for a horror game with 50+ levels? That’s okay, I know you’re busy and important. I get it.If that’s the case, I’d very much like to introduce you to Eyes: The Horror Game — as opposed to Eyes: The Anatomy Simulator, I guess — a horror game that, if you play as poorly as me, isn’t likely to take more than five minutes of your time.The objective is simple and probably a little familiar to anyone who’s played Slender: The Eight Pages. You run about a dark environment, alone and unarmed, collecting items (money bags), as you’re chased through the labyrinthine locale. This game brings with it a pretty nifty feature that’s reminiscent of the survival horror classic Siren, which gives you the ability to see through the eyes of the thing that’s hunting you. This ability has a limited use, it’ll require you to replenish your reserve by collecting the eye decals that have been strewn about the game’s world.Pages: 1.
Being one of the over four million people living in the Los Angeles Area, being told that traveling out of the city for something damn well better be worth it. We’ve been told this many times, and we have seen enough of both amazing experiences and ones which leave us desperately wanting our stolen time back.
So when we were invited to experience a new escape game in Brea, CA (about 30 miles east of LA) we were well aware of what was at stake: 4 hours of traffic. Nevertheless, we took the risk and traveled to Brea to experience the newest Escape Room on the block, Red Lantern Escape Games, and for the record, it was definitely worth the journey.Red Lantern is a brand new escape game company run by the Davis family. Roy Davis is the creator and director of the game, and with help from his parents, they have created one great escape game experience that puts its players right into the Louisiana with its premier game, Midnight on the BayouYou haven’t set foot in Bayou High since graduation, but this carnival-themed reunion sounded fun. Though it is a little strange they’re holding the event on the old Boudreau property at the edge of the swamp, where decades ago several students died in a barn fire. And it is odd that all the carnival workers are mysteriously absent, with the exception of your reunion host who keeps nervously glancing at that creepy old chestWe showed up in typically WAIH fashion, with a small group of people who have never played an escape room game before.
Greeted with friendly smiles by Mr. Davis, we met the rest of our “classmates,” a group of nine celebrating a birthday. Fresh from dinner and a few drinks, it’s needless to say, they were a lively bunch. Happy birthday, Joe, I hope you’re reading this.Once inside the game itself, Roy greeted us as the in-game character “host” of the reunion. The game’s design is spectacular.
Although the game is played indoors, there is a distinct outside feeling brought on by the decor, similar to that of the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland (a direct inspiration for the game from what Roy told us later on).We quickly learned about the several trapped spirits in the bayou, and it is our duty to free all the spirits or be trapped in their limbo world forever! It was pandemonium as all thirteen of us began scouring the space for clues and puzzles. The range of variation and degrees of difficulty in the individual puzzled varied so greatly there was something for all of us to do. For a group of that size, that’s quite the impressive feat. We did find ourselves squeezed out a few times, but like I stated earlier, we were in a group with a large birthday party, and if you want to play a game to yourself, don’t go on a Saturday night. That was 100% on us, and we’ve learned our lesson.Regardless of the large, loud, and destructive nature of the group playing with us, we managed to successfully solve all the puzzles and save all the spirits. For a first-time game creator, the Roy Davis and family out did themselves.
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From the first moment walking into the outstanding decor to the intricate and sometimes outright tough puzzles, the Red Lantern Escape Games in Brea is well worth the trip out of LA, even with traffic.We recommend you try and book away from peak hours being weekend nights. Full details including address, tickets, and FAQ’s can be found at their website.