Game jams are the best way to find simple yet effective horror games if you’re searching for an adrenaline-fueled way to void your bowels (instead of pushing really hard). That time constraint put on developers who have to build an entire packaged game based on a theme really squeezes the creativity out of them, and the result is a bunch of really uniquely terrifying games to darken your screen as you turn off the lights, and turn up the sound. V.H.S : Video.Horror.Story is a short and terrifying little slice of delicious nightmare heaven. There’s not a huge narrative behind this one, despite the word “story” in the title. Honestly, when you’re knee-deep in this simple and creepy little game world, you’re gonna care less about story and more about how to not die as you just walk down the next corridor. Ok you’ve got a little video camera and a dark office building to make your way through. You want to survive, cause it looks like the rest of your coworkers didn’t. Let’s pretend that your job had something to do with VHS video camcorders, it’s 1989 after all, everyone had them (I was just born that year and that birth was recorded on VHS, I know, weird).
So here’s the lore you’ll need to be versed on before you jump in, or don’t read this part and just play cause sometimes it’s more fun hopping in and figuring it out on your own like I did. So you have a video camera, but don’t be fooled, this is nothing like Outlast. You get no night vision and you can’t run, your character must be so scared they can hardly move. Changing the frequency on the camera can reveal two things aside from what the naked eye can see: inanimate objects like furniture, and… Other things… You’re getting tingly, I can tell, and for a good reason. There’s a bunch of tall thin creatures with a head that looks like a combination of Ickis, Oblina and Krumm from Aaahh!!!! Real Monsters. They want to eat your face, and you need to scoot by them as they make their patrols through the halls. Here’s the tricky part, when you tune your camera so that it can see the creatures and dismembered pieces of your homies on the floor, if makes the furniture disappear. So you’re gonna watch them on one frequency, then quickly switch over to reveal the furniture so you can see where you’re walking in order to dash (slowly) through the area without getting stuck on some invisible office desk. When you reveal the furniture however, the monsters become invisible. I beat it but this bit is all I’m telling you. good luck living!
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