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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.

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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?  

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Here’s some general information about the game:
(taken from its wikipedia article.)

The plot is loosely based on Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. The year is 1872 and Monsieur Phileas Fogg has placed a wager at the Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days or less. The game follows the course of this adventure, as narrated by Phileas Fogg’s manservant Passepartout, whose actions and decisions are controlled by the player.

After leaving London on an underwater train to Paris or a caleche to Cambridge, the player can choose their own route around the world, travelling from city to city. Each city and journey contains unique narrative content. The developers estimate that on one complete circumnavigation of the globe players will see approximately 2% of the game’s 750,000 words of textual content.

In their role as valet, players must manage finances, their master’s health, and time as well as buying and selling items in different markets around the globe. The choices made by the player in story sections can also have a large impact on how the journey proceeds.

The game has several secrets, Easter Eggs and hidden endings, with the rarest having been seen by as few as 8 players, as well as several references to Verne’s works, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and From the Earth to the Moon. The game is also partly inspired by the steampunk genre, featuring such elements as sapient mechanical transport, hovercraft, submersibles and an entire city that walks on four gigantic legs.

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I found this screenshot from a mobile version, the pc interface is a bit different.

As a interactive fiction game, it is great! With each journey you get to choose between simply rushing through the journey to arrive in a new city or interact with your master or any of the passengers. The funniest moment I had during my first play through was when Passepartout somehow ended up sneaking into a harem where he was not supposed to be, and left wearing a woman’s silk outfit because he had to disguise himself. You don’t really get to see him in the outfit but it shows up in your inventory afterwards so you can just let your imagination run wild.

In most of the cities you can buy a pamphlet that reveals new routes you can take and each route has a different transport method, a different price, different comforts and different departure times. Sometimes if you reach a city that hasn’t revealed any new routes, just explore it and you will find something new. You can also purchase items in the market to reduce the travel penalty that applies to your master. He has a total of a hundred hearts that reduce whenever you travel, and regenerate whenever you rest at a hotel, for example.

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There are so many routes to take, so many things you can do differently and I feel like this is a game with a lot of replayability! After my first few attempts, I feel like I have learned more about how to more effectively travel the world so I am very interested and eager to start the game up again to see what different outcomes I can get and how I can shorten down the travel time to make it in less than eighty days. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wouldn’t mind a sort of text heavy game that is more about enjoying the game for what it is rather than relying on action to be happening all of the time!

Have you played 80 Days before or anything similar? Feel free to share your experiences!

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Facial care Friday! 25/11

Lise —  November 25, 2016 — 2 Comments

This week: A’PIEU Steam Eye Mask

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This is an eye mask, its kind of like those sleeping masks you use to shut out any light. This particular design, as you can see below, kind of looks like a panty liner of sorts. But apart from that it is pretty cool! On the package it says to use immediately after opening and that is because it contains some voodoo magic science thing i don’t understand. It automatically heats up to ca 42 degrees celsius when you take it out of the pack and you’re supposed to keep it on your eyes until it cools down. The cool down process takes about twenty minutes and during that time it basically acts like a sauna. It might sound horrifying to steam your eyes but it really helps to refresh them and make them relax.

I was horrified of burning my eyes off at first but when i got past the initial reaction i really enjoyed the experience. My eyes felt nice and relaxed and i actually ended up keeping the mask on for way longer than recommended because i fell asleep. But that is no problem since it cools down on its own so no need to worry about burning anything with it.

I would recommend this for anyone who would like to try something fun and relaxing, something a bit different from what you probably are used to because it’s cheap and it is quite the experience.

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Pros:

  • Easy to wear, comes with convenient ear straps
  • Doesn’t heat up too fast
  • Cools down on its own so no need to worry about having it on for too long

Cons:

  • The design, it would probably be better to use a different pattern.

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Have you tried anything like this before?