If as a child you ever sat on a grassy hill late at night, stared wistfully up at the stars and thought to yourself, “gee, I wonder what it’s like to empty the entire contents of my bowels and bladder into my underwear simultaneously!” Then wonder no more, because I have the answer…
Having asked this question several times during my life (fairly recently, actually), I figured it was certainly worth a shot.
Basically, it places you in the middle of a lonely woodland setting with nothing but a torch and the instruction to collect 8 notes. All you can really do is walk, run and turn your torch on and off (I have no idea why you’d ever want it off, you can barely see anything as it is) For a while, nothing happens; there is no atmosphere, no music, nothing. I spent a good while looking at trees, getting stuck between them, and just generally being completely lost. Eventually, I stumbled across a particularly large tree (separated from the other trees of course) which had a note stuck one side. Great.
After figuring out how to pick the damn thing up (left mouse button… Duh), things started to get going. Most noticeably, a low, constant drum beat had begun playing on a loop. Suddenly, there was an intense atmosphere, and my heartbeat started to soar. After a brief moment to consider my insanity for continuing on, I… Well, I continued on. Every now and then, I could make out the faint silhouette of a person in the distance. I figured it was the bad guy, as after a while the screen started to go fuzzy until I turned away. Up my heart rate climbed, and on I bravely soldiered.
After stumbling about clumsily for a while, I came across a small building in the middle of nowhere. Naturally I went in. Obviously, there was a note there. Excellent.
Nothing really happened for a while, so I started to relax. However, because this is such a wonderfully crafted game, no sooner had I returned to my normal heart rate when I stumbled upon the third note. After picking this one up, the creepy low drum beat was accompanied by an even more creepy bass line. Due to playing with brilliant surround sound, the bass simply got under my skin. My heart rate once again soared to dangerous levels, and I reluctantly pressed on.
I carried on like this (very cautiously) for a good while longer, and having found a fourth note, something significant finally put me out of my misery. A loud, startling noise sent the ol’ underground plumbing swiftly into overdrive, and a tall creepy looking dude suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I tried to escape, but it was futile.
So if you have a bit of spare time on your hands, the belief that no game could ever scare you and plenty of money to cover a truly monstrous underwear cleaning bill, then play this game. It’s a special sort of experience that no amount of fancy words could ever capture. Play it here, if you think you’re hard enough.