I have this awful habit of procrastination. When I have something super important, like exams, I tend to do anything but prepare for said exams. This entire post is a literal example, I have a history exam on Tuesday and have yet to study. (As I’m writing this, it’s Saturday).
I am also a big lover of video games and they’re usually the root of my procrastination problems. Study week is a tough few days, when you have Skyrim begging to be played. Regardless of my poor attention span in terms of college work, I thought I would take the time to talk about Indie games. I have spoken about video games before and they will definitely feature in future posts. However, I thought I would post about the ironically under-appreciated Indie genre. I’ve fallen in love with indie video games. They may not have flashy Fall Out 4 level graphics and don’t have as much gameplay time as you would get out of something like Skyrim or Dark Souls, but they’re still amazing games in their own right.
About two years ago, I stumbled across a couple of RPG maker video games. These freeware horror games are probably some of my favourite games to play. (Next to Ocarina of Time; nothing will ever take its place as number 1.) Some of these titles included Misao, Ao Oni and Ib. One would think that with graphics similar to early Legend of Zelda titles, they wouldn’t be scary. Oh boy was I wrong.
Misao, created by Sen.
Misao is probably my favourite RPG Maker based game. It’s creepy and tragic all in one. The background music is unnerving and the character you play as is honestly a bit frightening at times.
The basic story, without giving too much away, is that a young girl named Misao went missing three months ago and is presumed dead by her classmates. Bullied a lot and unhappy, she curses the school and fills it with evil spirits. Now Aki (or whatever you choose to rename the character, who can be either a girl or a boy) must find Misao and rescue the school and its students.
It’s a very unexpectedly dark game. It terrifies me in all the right ways. It has little jump scares, because jump scares do not make a game scary. It just makes the creator a bit of an uncreative poop, for lack of a better term. Sorry, not sorry. I think there are better ways to scare your target audience than just throwing in some jump scares. It’s not original or anyway entertaining, which is what a video game is supposed to be.
It’s free to download and can be found here: http://vgperson.com/games/misao.htm The creator does ask not to make a profit from gameplay videos or redistribute the music used. However, do enjoy playing it!
Ib, created by Kouri
Ib is another RPG Maker based game. This one is based on puzzle solving and is designed for all to play. However, it is rather creepy. Thankfully, there aren’t really any jump scares. Just creepy music and a butt load of different endings. (Which means we get more play time, because you want to try and get all the different endings to the story.)
The story is basically about a little girl named Ib who visits an art gallery with her parents and suddenly finds herself alone. Then all things strange begin to happen in the art gallery and she is surrounded by dangerous paintings and strange puzzles that need solving.
It’s a fun game, though the music used is once again rather eerie and ominous. It’s an entertaining game however and once again is free. It can be found here: http://vgperson.com/games/ib.htm
Amnesia, created by Frictional Games
This video game is not free sadly. It’s also not an RPG maker based video game. Finally, it isn’t quite so much the indie game it used to be, as it is quite popular now. However, it can still be classified as an indie game, and shows up in that section of the Good Old Games website. There are two video games in this series so far; The Dark Descent and Machine for Pigs. They’re survival based horror games that do a fantastic job of scaring the pants off me. It sometimes contains jump scares, particularly with custom stories like Obscurity. (A fantastic custom story by the way, despite nasty jump scares.) You can’t fight the monsters, only run away and hope they don’t see you, or you die!
Custom stories can be downloaded and added to the game for free, for when you’ve either finished the main story or grown bored. (Or got stuck like I did several times). There are hundreds of them out there. Hours of frightening fun at your fingertips! The story for The Dark Descent begins with you waking up in a castle with amnesia. You can only remember that your name is Daniel and that there is something after you. The castle is quickly falling apart and you must work quickly to remember where you are, why you’re there and what you must do to stop the monster coming after you. It’s a fantastic game and costs about €20.00 on Steam. (Though Steam regularly have sales, so keep an eye out and you may get it cheaper).
That’s all for today folks! Keep an eye out for more video game related posts and be sure to check the rest of my blog out!