How many fucking lines of coke did the creators of this game do exactly? – A youtube commenter on the game’s trailer.
Layers of fear is a psychological horror game and it scared the shit out of me. You play as a painter who is trying to piece together his magnum opus, while experiencing hallucinations of his past at the same time. You explore a manor that seems “normal” at first but it changes as you go. You need to look for visual clues to piece everything together and it is really discomforting. There are some jump scares in the game but honestly just reading every bit of text is what makes it horrifying.
The story just gets darker and darker as you go on and the game both excited and horrified me. It reminded me a lot of “The picture of Dorian Gray”, and a quote from it is actually displayed at the very beginning of the game. I was almost expecting him to appear somewhere to take care of Basil again and it kept giving me chills down my spine for no reason. Sometimes your brain is your own worst enemy.
I would really recommend this game for anyone who loves puzzle/story driven games. If you don’t like to read, or don’t like scary games, this wouldn’t be for you. But if you do like it, I’m sure you would love it! I got the game for free from the Humble store because it was free for everyone for a while, but I don’t think it’s too expensive to buy either. Plus if you buy it through the Humble store, you support charity too.
I don’t want to say too much about it, because it would be too easy to spoil it, and it seems to be fairly procedurally generated so your experience could be a bit different from mine.
Would you play this game? Or have you played it?