A short running time isn't enough to keep Imscared down.
This Indie Horror title brought into the gaming world by MyMadness Works takes the player into a whole new level of fear. The sense of unease begins even before beginning the game as a message appears to the player: “Imscared needs a personal folder in order to work correctly. The game will try to deceive you as many times as it can. I’m extremely sorry. I didn’t really want to do that. Forgive me.”
The objective is simple: find a heart to use as a key to open the door and escape. Searching rooms for keys, walking down corridoors of disgusting biological substances and playing “Tag” with White Face are all things that await the player inside this creepy game. While the graphics may fall short of the expectations of gamers in the current market, the pixelated environment adds spectacularly to the tense atmosphere that follows the player. The simple colouring and map changes that try to deceive are more than enough to engage and frighten. The real immersion comes from the audio effects: the footsteps you become acquainted with that now and again continue after you’ve stopped moving or disappear altogether. At first, the idea of a glitch in the sound might occur, however, the warning before the game was not wrong – “The game will try to deceive you as many times as it can.” Unsettling laughs that seem to come from behind the player character, noises of doors opening and closing on their own – it all adds to the horrific atmosphere.
As mentioned before “White Face” is the creature that stalks the player throughout the game. Frightening in his own right, his face unblinking and always watching. Imscared’s home run, however, is how it interacts with the player, defining a new and unique level of “creepiness” which has been rarely seen before in video games. Through immersing the player entirely, even when out of the actual game by interacting with the PC on it’s own. This really stimulates fear and will no doubt be copied in the near future by other game developers.
If this is a “One Trick Pony” still remains to be seen, although, upon embarking on a new game by the same developer – MyMadness Works – players would be prepared for the same or very similar game mechanics.
Overall, this game is outstanding. Incredibly intelligent yet simple, Imscared delivers the horror genre in a whole new way that is delightful and chilling at the same time.
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