On May 27, 2014, I did another evening of horror-themed games, both fairly short experiences. The first of these was Vanish, a game created by 3DrunkMen and whose alpha version was released in July of 2013. As of yet, no plans have been announced to work on the game any further.
In Vanish, players take the role of an unnamed character who finds themself trapped in a vast underground network of barely-lit tunnels (a sewer or other sort of service area, perhaps?), filled with rusty and creaky pipes, bad electrical systems, ominous notes and clues about “things” hiding in the dark, and, worse yet, strange creatures that look like they came right out of the movie The Descent. The story is pretty minimal, with information given to you in the form of notes left by others who were here before you, and all-in-all the game is an experience that can be cleared in 15 minutes (if lucky) or much longer if unlucky. Death in the game means starting over from the very beginning again, so players need to be very careful as they follow the clues in the tunnels and look for a means to escape.
Overall, I found this game to be very entertaining and also quite fear-inducing. The game is great at forcing you outside of your comfort zone by making you travel through dark tunnels, walk towards the sources of terrible sounds, climb through narrow passageways cut out of brick and concrete by creatures that are undoubtedly nearby, all while having Amnesia-like symptoms that occur when your character’s fear levels get very high.
The game may be short, but it’s free, and it’s certainly worth the download.
Now that we’re really moving forward with these, I may pick a certain night a week to stream them. This way, it won’t feel as if people are getting inundated with horror videos. Though, if you’re are enjoying these, let me know and I may do them a tad more often!
Scare Factor: Quite Creepy with Notable Comfort-Breaking Experiences