Ever had one of those chain SMS horror letters before? Here it is – gamified!
Game Title: The Letter (Demo Version)
Platform Tested: PC
Availability: Windows, MAC, Linux
Genre: Horror, Visual Storytelling, POV
If it were me, I’ll never pick the goddamn letter. Let alone read it.
Demo Rundown: The game starts with a brief history of a wealthy family who lives in a Victorian Style mansion. Both parents die eventually and the daughter was left to fend for herself (no mention of foster parents or other family members were ever mentioned). The daughter mysteriously disappeared one night and that’s where things got strange. I don’t know if it’s strange because of the loopholes in the story or because I keep getting distracted by uneven graphics.
Gameplay: Now you start as Isabelle, a Filipina with an obviously amber (not brown) eyes. What bugged me is that the background graphics are pixelated, stretched or poorly drawn. This, however, is due to the game being in beta/demo version.
- They started out in a classroom setting but act as if they’re in an office or somewhere. Isabelle got out from a tall commercial building so I’m guessing that it’s an office. Or a classroom since Rebecca’s wearing a school uniform. There’s no rhyme or meaning to it, seriously.
- I find the animation of the characters, especially Rebecca to be tight and flaky.
- Too little player interaction (if at all).
- I didn’t even know I was playing Isabelle’s POV until later.
- Character backgrounds are clearly stated, but negatively affects the pace of the story.
THE POSTIVE: It’s a BOLD MOVE from Filipino game developers. Good premise and potential for a great storyline. The chance to play multiple players with different stories could be awesome. Beautiful character designs until they’re mixed with sloppy animation and dull background.
THE NEGATIVE: Dragging dialogue that forces players to ask (who the **** cares?) And for a horror game, it relies too much on window scare to actually scare players. The atmosphere is not creepy enough as scary games go. Graphics and animations need to be improved.
The Good News? It’s still under development, so the entire development team can still work to improve the game. To learn more about the project, support it or play the demo, simply click here.
It’s still a horror game, you silly. They just had to go hit the beach sometimes.
*This demo game was sent to us by creator – Yangyang Mobile