Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Chris Scott0
Wandering Wednesdays: Trick or Treat
Mobile gaming is becoming more and more commonplace but sorting through that junk is often pretty difficult. Writing full reviews for mobile games is often tedious and boring but we still want to be able to help you guys out when it comes to figuring out what is worth your time, so sorting through the crud is what Wandering Wednesdays is all about. Each week we’ll look through the app store and try out a few of the latest releases, letting you know if something is worthwhile or not. This week is the last time we’re going to do this for a while but being as Halloween is right around the corner, I’ve decided to hit up four horror games on the app store and let you know if they are tricks or treats. ~Chris
Last week I discussed Device 6, an interesting text adventure. Before releasing Device 6 though the guys behind it released the critically acclaimed horror game, Year Walk. This haunting adventure game sets a grim and creepy tone very early on and keeps it going throughout the experience. It is a hauntingly beautiful game with some very effective scares thrown in for good measure. If there is one horror app you should be giving a go, this is it.
Dementia is better than it lets itself appear. The game’s virtual analog sticks control horribly and visually the game is quite unappealing, which leads to a rather poor first impression. Sticking with the game though will reveal some great audio work, a believable sense of tension and a fascinating, if not wholly original, use of sanity.
The Woods places people in the familiar position of controlling a character in first person and trying to find things in various locales, this one of course being a forest. What makes The Woods effective is its sound and use of lighting, both of which do a great job to create a truly tense experience.
If there was a modern day boogie man, it would be the Slender Man. Slender Rising brings this mythos to iOS and has players exploring four different areas looking for seven pages. The game controls well, using a pointer interface and looks fantastic. When the Slender Man actually appears all hell breaks loose and you will be likely to soil one’s pants. If one hasn’t played a Slender game yet, this one serves as a great entry point into the convoluted and dark mythos.
Are you you sampling any mobile titles this week? What are you playing? Let us know in the comments below.