Home sweet home

With trang chủ Sweet Home, Bangkok-based developer Yggdrazil Group have brought aspects of Tnhì folklore khổng lồ life in a brutal and unnerving way. You’ll be familiar with a lot of the key elements here — ghouls, bloodstains, creaking doors, & abandoned buildings all being par for the course in any horror game — but the cultural specifiđô thị of the setting freshens the experience, giving the player some helpful new ideas of what khổng lồ be scared of the next time something goes bump in the night. And there"s not a zombie in sight.

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“You’ve got some red on you…”

First off, you can choose from the main menu whether khổng lồ play in standard mode or in virtual reality, which is a great option lớn have sầu. Can’t quite take another neck-snapping jump scare in VR? No problem, unplug your headphối và take it down a notch for yourself. There aren’t monumental differences made khổng lồ the experience of trang chủ Sweet Home, as it doesn’t support motion controllers or the like, but some parts are clearly made with VR in mind, as there’s some fiddliness examining in-game items when you can’t use your gaze to select an object. Other than small quality-of-life details, you’ll have sầu the same playthrough — although the scares themselves are obviously a lot more intense in virtual reality.

You’ll spend the majority of your time in trang chủ Sweet Home cautiously tip-toeing along the narrow corridors of a derelict school, eyes & ears straining for any hint of danger. And danger there is. Although your character, Tim, is searching for his missing wife, Jane, you’ve unwittingly stumbled into lớn the realm of a vengeful ghost, a student who prowls the dingy corridors in a blood-stained school unisize, armed with a box-cutter. She’s a terrifying adversary, able khổng lồ travel through blood stains on walls in any room, and will attack the moment she sees you. An attachồng from her means either instant death, or a quick time sự kiện which will leave you bloodied but just about alive, and able to hopefully limp lớn safety.


Someone’s not getting their deposit back.

Home Sweet Home builds atmosphere constantly through effective sầu sound kiến thiết. The ghost girl growls disturbingly under her breath, & my nerves were shredded by the clicking of her box-cutter being extended & retracted while she stalked me. Background music is little more than quiet ambience, allowing you to be alone with Tim’s heartbeat và the sound of slowly approaching footsteps. Radtiện ích ios crackle fuzzily & doors distantly slam, but nothing succeeds quite as much as the jarring violin stabs which sound when you’ve been spotted by the ghost.

Hiding in lockers và watching the spirit pacing bachồng & forth through the metal slats is exhilarating. As you pass through different areas of the school, you’ll gather breadcrumbs of narrative sầu, filling you in on both the disappearance of Jane & the appearance of the ghost girl. Early puzzles have simple stealth solutions, but as you progress new items will be introduced, along with accompanying extracts from textbooks to lớn ground them in the world. The occasional door is sealed with magic, which can be dispelled by extinguishing ritual candles, & holy water can be picked up lớn create areas safe from attaông chồng. A new enemy type is brought in at around the halfway mark, ghouls of Thai folklore called ‘pretas’. They act as sentries who will alert the ghost girl of your location should their glowing red eyes fall upon you, but can be distracted if an incense stichồng is lit in their vicinity.


He’s not looking for snozzcumbers.

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They’re not on the same cấp độ of foreboding as the girl with the blade, but vày bring a small amount of variation khổng lồ the levels when they pop up. Disappointingly, outside of the first time you encounter them, the pretas are human-sized and don’t move, only rotate lượt thích a gryên ổn security camera. The first preta Tim meets is as tall as a building, và the grotesque kiến thiết is only emphasised by its immense scale. It peers in through the windows searching for you throughout one of my favourite sections of the game, & instantly kills you rather than summoning the girl ghost. The chapter is more like hiding from a T-Rex than it is the smaller, more insidious threat of being chased through the stained hallways & classrooms of the main game. It was different from the sections before and after it, & worked as a great change of pace & approach, while managing khổng lồ maintain the special sense of dread.

Besting the massive preta, only to lớn be dumped baông xã into the school with the box-cutter ghost again, is a bit underwhelming. trang chủ Sweet Home tries to mix up the gameplay with little puzzle sections here và there — find the code khổng lồ this padlock, restore power khổng lồ this fuse box — but it always reverts lớn you, the ghost girl, và a locker to hide in. There’s nothing wrong with the basic gameplay loop, but it isn’t intoxicating enough khổng lồ justify doing the same thing over and over again. The environments are good, the puzzles are fine, và the ghost girl is an ear-splitting adversary who made me jump far more than I would have liked — but crucially, only for the first couple of hours. Horror games can only freak you out when you don’t know what’s going to lớn happen, & so the extent lớn which the lachồng of variety blunts the element of surprise is a shame. It’s lượt thích the girl in The Ring crawling out of the television, only lớn find that her would-be victlặng has popped off to make a cup of tea because they got a bit distracted.


You’ll find unsettling objects used in curses, lượt thích this voodoo doll-style figure.

Home Sweet Home an intense experience, but never one that fully rewards you for persevering. I was fascinated by the spirits và rituals so rarely touched upon in games that make it lớn a Western audience, but the repetition of scenargame ios across the five or six-hour length is a real setback. Picture how Resident Evil 2 would play out if Mr X were the only enemy in the game, & you’re some way to understanding my frustration. Home Sweet Home will serve sầu as the opening installment of an ongoing game series, the follow-up khổng lồ which is due out later this year. If Yggdrazil Group can build on the successful elements of this first chapter but branch out in its gameplay, there could well be a cult horror franchise in here somewhere. As it stands, samey cat-and-mouse puzzles dominate proceedings, causing Home Sweet Home’s well-realised setting and excruciatingly tense atmosphere to lớn fizzle out — expect your nervous squeaks to be replaced with exasperated grunts by the kết thúc.

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A quality and traditional atmosphere gives way to lớn repetition in this competent but limited fright-fest.
Matt Jordan

I first met all three generations of the Blazkowicz family in the 1990s, and we stay in touch to this day. A tín đồ of trippy comics, genre-heavy storytelling, và the IMDB trivia pages. I’ve never beaten that level where you ride an ostrich in Sega’s The Lion King game.