THE BLACKOUT CLUB
Who watches the neighbourhood watchmen?
You’ve been waking up on the outskirts of town, covered in dirt, blood under your fingernails. You have no recollection of what’s going on. Scared, concerned, doubting your sanity, you walk home… barely summoning the courage to share the ordeal with your friends. You realise, with horror, that this isn’t just happening to you.
The rest of your teenage crew are living this nightmare, too. And worse yet, one of your best mates has gone missing. You form a club, determined to get to the bottom of this Kingesque mystery. You call yourselves (wait for it) The Blackout Club.
It’s It- meets- Stranger Thingsmeets-Cloverfield: The Game. Primarily a stealth game, The Blackout Club’s most compelling aspect is that it procedurally generates you objectives to fulfil. That means, despite the constant, unnerving force that lurks just below the surface of the game at all times, no two playthroughs will be the same. Think of it as the We Happy
Few remade by the Left4Dead team and you’re on the right street.
In the game, you’ll pick up different loot every time, you’ll encounter different enemies every time, you’ll have to reach different areas of the town, or encounter fellow (terrified) kids every time. Your main weapon is your phone: you need to use it to figure out what the hell is going on.
Kids on the block
The adults in The Blackout Club don’t seem to believe the kids and their concerns – well, it’s either that, or they simply don’t care. So you and your crew need to explore parts of your neighbourhood and document the weird goings on in the town.
You’ll need intelligence, improvisation and skill to survive the night in The Blackout Club: threats come in the form of sleepwalking locals, relatives of the kids that seem hellbent on dragging them into the town’s terrifying underbelly. In order to deter enemies and avoid abduction, you need to successfully rig diversions to throw them off the scent.
Using tools such as drones, noisemakers and grappling hooks, you can outwit and outmanoeuvre these oddly powerful forces that really don’t like the idea you can document them. Of course, en route to finding out the truth, you’ll learn different skills and survival tactics – depending on how you perform when you’re out and about, you’ll level up back at your Club HQ. The more evidence you gather, the better items you’ll get to use in future.
In The Blackout Club, no one believes you. Something is coming for you – for your friends – and no matter how loud you shout, nothing happens. So it’s time to take things into your own hands.
“The more evidence you gather, the better items you’ll get to use in future”
Below The Blackout Club’s misty, mysterious neighbourhood relies on its familiarity to come across creepy – like all the best Stephen King horrors.