#4 World of Horror
Daze of the bleak
It’s the end of the world, and eldritch abominations have risen from the sea to terrorise a sleepy Japanese coastal town. Though armageddon approaches, if you can retain your sanity in the face of these unearthly horrors, you might just be able to stave the end off for a while. Lone developer Paweł Koźmiński has conjured a terrifically creepy anthology of short stories that play out like classic RPGs in miniature – in fact, it’s deliberately styled like a 1980s Macintosh game (yes, those were a thing), with one framing option even letting you play it on an in-game monitor. Once you pick a tale, you’ll be asked to choose an ancient god (each of which has an effect on your character stats) before a deck of encounter cards is shuffled.
In one story you’re tasked with finding candles and chalk to perform a dangerous ritual in an empty school; another sees a young woman exploring a festival, with bloody results that may or may not be down to her fevered imagination. You’ll need items and spells to fight the various creatures that sporadically accost you, but even that might not be enough to save you from descending into madness. In other words, don’t expect many happy endings here; temporary survival is about as upbeat as it gets.
Fancy sleeping with the light on? This macabre series of adventures should be just the ticket.
“Don’t expect a happy ending; temporary survival is about as upbeat as it gets”
There’s a wide variety of colour palettes to choose from, and you can turn off the slightly obtrusive music – take it from us, silence is scarier.
Format Switch, PS4, PC Dev Panstasz ETA 2019 Web bit.ly/gm_worldofhorror