Forgotten Memories: Altered Realities
Another great reason to never seek asylum in an asylum
£4.99 Developer Psychose Interactive, forgottenmemoriesthegame.com
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.0.2
The scariest thing about any iPad horror game is knowing you might only be one jump-scare away from an expensive accident. Forgotten Memories has a fair few other tricks up its sleeve too though, borrowing from classic horror games (particularly Silent Hill) for a great looking, though occasionally frustrating, journey into a creepy asylum. The light from your torch casts spooky shadows on the wall. Posed mannequins add a grim touch. And yes, there are monsters in the dark. Of course there are.
As with the games it borrows from, this is often where things go wrong – a mix of sluggish and fiddly touch controls that would rather be on a console controller and a bizarrely outdated save system where you have to find PCs to create checkpoints. Neither is half as well implemented as the graphics, sound and wonderfully creepy setpieces, but soon come to overshadow them.
Forgotten Memories does a great job of creating an atmosphere and is a solid horror game. It’s a shame it didn’t borrow lessons from more recent offerings to smooth out the difficulties of playing it, and allow the intimacy of touchscreen control to bring the horror closer instead of putting another barrier in front of it.
A genuinely spooky trip to the asylum, but the touch controls make the game less intimate than it could have been.
Okay, we’ll be running in the other direction now. Bye!