Horror Play 25 (DreadOut)

How well versed are you in Indonesian culture? Not so much? That's okay. You can still play this game. DreadOut is a mixture of Silent Hill and Fatal Frame.  You take control of a school girl as she explores a desolate town and haunted school. We won't tell just how scary this game is, but let us just say Robert and John jumped out of their seats a few times.

Horror Play 24 (F.E.A.R.)

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First Encounter Assault Recon. That's what F.E.A.R. stands for, not that the title has to be an acronym for anything. Fear could easily be the word used to describe this scary first person shooter. Released in 2005, this scary shooter became an instant hit and spawned several expansions and sequels years later. We play F.E.A.R. to give us a break from all the indie and third person horror games we have recently been playing. Join us as we rate and review this classic.

Horror Play 23 (Imscared)

Imscared: A Pixelated Nightmare is a free to download game where you take control of a character who explores pixelated worlds, but is constantly followed by a scary skeletal face.  Consistently breaking the fourth wall, Imscared is a unique gameplay experience that makes you question if the game is playing you. We play this pixelated gem and try to find out whether graphics matter when it comes to playing something truly terrifying.

Horror Play 22 (Year Walk)

Year Walk isn't the easiest game to describe. It's cartoony, it's creepy, it's part side-scroller, it's first-person, it's adventure, it's full of puzzles, it breaks the fourth wall, and to acquire the full back story you must beat the game.  If you're looking for a short indie game that's haunting this is the game for you. We play it this week to find out if it's haunting nature is truly scary.

Horror Play 20 (White Noise)

White Noise is a game that sees a player running around a map, looking for eight items. In this game, you look for eight tape recorders.  What could be considered a fun Easter egg hunt, is actually much more menacing, since a monster is hiding in the shadows, ready to pounce.  We try not to compare this game to the highly regarded Slender series, but it turns out to be tougher than we expect. 

Horror Play 19 (Silent Hill)

Harry Mason is searching for his adopted daughter in the creepy, foggy town of Silent Hill. One of the original survival horror games, Silent Hill came out in 1999 on the original Playstation.  When people think horror games, Silent Hill is usually one that comes to mind. It has spawned tons of sequels and spin-offs and the franchise continues to thrive to this day. On this podcast we take a look at the one that started it all. Is it as scary as it once was? We'll let you know!

Horror Play 17 (The Stanley Parable)

You are Stanley. You work in an office. You decide to leave the office one day and explore. The narrator helps guide Stanley around, but it's up to you whether you want to listen to the narrator or deviate off course. You end up finding that the office is more than just an office. The Stanley Parable is a popular indie game that some may call more an experience rather than an actual game. There are no wrong choices. We play this experience, and while not truly horrific, we rate it anyway!

Horror Play 16 (Alien: Isolation)

Alien: Isolation is the newest Alien game to hit shelves, and with the Alien franchise having a shitty track record when it comes to videogames, we proceeded cautiously. We took control of Amanda Ripley (Ellen Ripley's daughter) and made her traverse dark hallways full of baddies, from androids to face huggers! But let's not forget the biggest threat: A full-grown Alien! Join us as we dissect what could be the scariest game we've played yet. All aboard the Sevastopol!

Halloween 2014

On this special Halloween bonus episode, John and Robert get together to discuss all the games that have been reviewed so far. A speedy recap leads the guys through the entire catalog of Horror Play games. They discuss their favorite horror games, their least favorite games, and what games they are looking forward to playing in the near future.

Horror Play 15 (Dear Esther)

Dear Esther has been classified as more of an experience rather than a game. Waking up on some uninhabited Hebridean island with nothing but a flashlight, you lead your character toward a distant radio tower. This is the first, and probably only, walking simulator we will play, and while it's not necessarily a horror game,  its eeriness was enough to land it a spot on our review list. Also! There are ghosts!

Horror Play 14 (Home)

Home can best be described by its subtitle: A unique horror adventure. This is unlike any game we have played. The game could be considered more a mystery than a horror game, but it still has the ability to instill a sense of dread when exploring the different horror-inspired environments.  A side-scrolling adventure that sees players taking control of a nameless man who awakens with no recollection of what has happened around him.  Finding clues and weapons helps the protagonist draw conclusions but it's ultimately up to the player to figure out what exactly happened.

Horror Play 13 (Amnesia)

The year is 1839 and Daniel wakes up in castle with amnesia, hence the title of the game. The Dark Descent refers to not only the castle trekking you must do but the inner secrets you find out about yourself and your life before you mysteriously woke up in this castle. Considered to be one of the scariest games ever we put it to the test and see how it does through our standards and impeccable rating system. So check out this week's episode of Horror Play for some tense moments and scary castle monsters!

Horror Play 12 (Deadlight)

Like side-scrolling adventure games? What if there were zombies? Deadlight is like a horror Super Mario adventure... Okay maybe not really but you see what I'm getting at. Set in Seattle, in 1986, Deadlight has you taking control of Randall Wayne as he goes searching for his family. I know what you're thinking, side-scrolling games can't be scary! Maybe not, but how will you know for sure unless you listen to our podcast!

Horror Play 11 (Slender: The Arrival)

A somewhat sequel (or better yet, re-imagining) to the free downloadable game of the same name (although this one has a new subtitle). Slender: The Arrival finds you taking control of Lauren, a silent protagonist in search of a missing friend.  But these woods and corridors hide more than just the tall monstrous meme known as Slender man. Is this the scariest game we have played so far? Let me put it this way: All four of us played this game together and all four of us screamed at one time or another. John and Robert are joined by Jonathan, and new guest reviewer Ricky Lehner for this week's terriying episode!

Horror Play 10 (Fatal Frame)

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Miku Hinasaki is a quiet, innocent girl on the search for her brother Mafuyu. Mafuyu disappeared in a creepy old mansion filled with ghosts. You know what that means! Time to grab the ghost repellent camera.  In Fatal Frame, you control Miku as she explores this large haunted mansion. Just keep telling yourself: "I ain't afraid of no ghosts!" John, Robert, Kyle, and Adam discuss Japanese survival and whether or not Fatal Frame is a scarier interpretation of the Resident Evil formula!

Horror Play 9 (Daylight)

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Sarah has awoken and she is in an abandoned mental hospital... How did she get there? And who keeps talking to her, directing her where to go? And where did she get that cool phone? Ahhh, the mysteries pile up in this new survival horror game developed by Zombie Studios. Tyler and Adam join John and Robert this week as they review the highly anticipated game. Will it hold a candle to anything else that has been reviewed?? Possibly... But that candle may go out at anytime...