While I am just starting out (again) with “Dragon Age 2” and killing yet another portion of my free time with “The Sims 3”, a news about an upcoming PC game has caught my eye. The game is called “Draugen.”
The year is the early 1920s and you are somewhere in Norway where there is water surrounding the place. Lots of water. The kind that does not make you think of beach parties or summer bonfires. No. It’s the kind that makes you fear that something underneath it is just waiting oh-so-patiently for the right moment to come up and… go after you.
Here’s what the game’s write-up says:
“The first teaser trailer of Red Thread Games’ Draugen — a first-person survival horror adventure set on the northwestern coast of Norway in 1923. Gone Home meets Amnesia in a story inspired by Norse mythology, Norwegian fairy tales and national romanticism, Dostoyevsky, Hamsun and H.P. Lovecraft.
A dark and harrowing tale of one man’s descent into madness, as he investigates the disappearance of the inhabitants of a small, Norwegian coastal community in 1923.”
Eager to see the trailer? I thought so.
Playing a game and anything horror take the top spots in my favorite time killers. And so it is a no-brainer that I would feel this thrill run up and down my spine when I came across Ice-Pick Lodge’s (a game developing company located in Moscow, Russia) game called “Knock Knock.” It first began as a Kickstarter project, in which you could view their page here. The game is currently for desktop PCs but I hear they’ll be releasing iOS and Android versions soon as well.
The “Knock Knock” game is played by one person, The Lodger. He alone lives in a house in the woods. Come night time, creatures of the supernatural kind prowls around his house. The Lodger must success in putting barriers between himself and the creatures. This lasts all throughout the night and when you’re well and alive by sunrise… Congratulations! You win! Otherwise, I’d hate to see what would happen to you. I guess I can’t blame you. To quote Pocketgamer:
The evil force that chases him will attempt to seek you out. And if it finds you, you’ll have to scurry away and hide behind some furniture until it leaves you alone. It will linger for a while, though.
I have yet to try this game but from what I’ve read so far, here are some key details:
- Hiding from the creatures will do you no good. Didn’t they say to face your fear?
- You need to keep an eye on the breaches inside the house, which made it possible for those nasty, evil creatures to get inside. Darn those breaches!
- Yes, there are stuff there that you can use as weapons. BUT you only get to keep five, so be wise.
- Let there be light… as this keeps out the evil ones, if only for a short time. Oh, well. A little help is better than no help at all.
- Each creature has different characteristics, so their weaknesses will probably vary. YOU’VE BEEN FOREWARNED.
The graphics of the game gives off the feel of being spooky and creepy. I think it was done well. The game is supposed to be fun without discounting the creepiness factor. So far, so good. If you want to know more about this game, head over to their Kickstarter page and you will be rewarded with details.
Below are two videos that will give you a feel of what the game is all about. And remember: When playing this game, try to stay sane too!