The White Chamber – Horror in Cyberpunk Space that you bite!

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The last entry to the spooky LR19 volume for this year, a game that I was planning to make a post about one month ago. “The White Chamber” is an adventure game made with the Wintermute engine. I was quite curious to check out the tool itself and honestly, I was pretty impressed by the things you can do with it. Along with that, I was also surprised by the decent- sized game library that it had spawned, with some titles looking really intriguing. This one in general, I enjoyed quite a lot! The game features psychological horror elements, along with some cyberpunk aesthetics and a typical anime style for the early years of the past decade.

The game starts with a girl waking up from inside a coffin, with her memories about the past and her identity not being intact. It’s a setting I’m quite familiar with when it comes to introductions in certain games and movies, but honestly, I don’t see myself getting tired of it. What makes it better than other overused scenarios is the fact that it’s quite flexible and it gives the opportunity for the plot to do whatever and go wherever, without too much of a restriction really. The overall plot of “The White Chamber” is pretty good in my opinion, but I think that one should try it and experience it for themselves. This is a no- spoiler kingdom website- blog!

The whole story takes place on a space station. Some space station that is though, I’ve gotta give credit to the person behind the graphic and art design, as everything looks GREAT! This was some pretty creepy space station and the ambient sounds added to the whole atmosphere and experience fittingly well! When it comes to the horror part, the game goes for the whole “Dark world – Light world” gimmick, with the addition of subtlety involved. During my first run, the whole time I was expecting jump- scares or a chase sequence, but the game is too cool for that crap! “The White Chamber” is a pretty good example of the type of horror that I enjoy!

The White Chamber 1.1 DONE!

Another thing worth mentioning is the neat style of animation. This game features animated cutscenes, most of which are pretty short, but still enjoyable to watch. The puzzles in the game are really good and I honestly got stuck for quite a while at a certain, early point in the game. I was not bothered with it though.When your game is pleasant to look at, people won’t mind spending time with it, game progress or not. I like how they made some items in the game serving no purpose whatsoever, but they didn’t get crazy with the concept. You know what else I enjoyed? The game has various endings, some of which have certain requirements. However, the game has a way of indirectly giving you a hint as to how you are doing on your playthrough. THAT is quite helpful as it lets you analyze the outcome of your actions for a specific area or an event, early on. I’ve never seen a game do this before, at least not in such an effective way.

Things that I didn’t really enjoy – The “best” ending that you can achieve and that one “inside the console” Easter Egg. I don’t know, they feel kind of outdated as an ideas. They are silly. Dumb. Some people might still like them. I could have liked them if I played this game ten years ago. Maybe!

If you want to play a short adventure game with good puzzles and horror that doesn’t stink, this is the title for you. The game is also FREE! FREE!!!! I give it 8 out of 10.

There was something something about a steam- remastered version, which looks pretty promising, but why would you change the art style? Why does remastering a game is even a thing? Why can’t do world and the people be the way I want them? Wh..

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Prosciutto Funghi

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One thing that I was enjoying for sure during my university years in the big city was the variety of good food that I could stuff my mouth full of. Where I live currently – my home town – there is pretty much nothing good here! In general, I tend to go for fast foods and junk snacks, but I tell you, even if I brought myself up to actually cook, there are no any good ingredients whatsoever that you can buy in this mountain hell of a town!

There was that one pancake hut, which I really liked when I lived in the big city. It was the kind of “New type of pancakes EVERYDAY” and I really liked the spicy ones. I’ve never eaten spicy pancakes up until then, my beloved mother would usually serve them plain or with pine honey and nuts. Sometimes with strawberry jam. Depends. The thing is, I can’t go below twenty pancakes once I start eating ’em, but the hut had quite the nasty prices. One pancake only never manages to fill in the void of my stomach, no matter how tasty it might be! Maybe what really matters when it comes to pancakes is the quantity, rather than the actual quality? – In my case that’s it. Maybe if I had a cooking robot, that question could have been answered quite easily…

Mogeko Castle 1.1 DONE!

There was also that one pizza place where you can order up from. The delivery service was pretty good, I would usually wait up to ten minutes, fifteen during the winter. Always got the warm box, never managed to get rid of the bloody olives! No matter how much I gently asked beforehand during the order, my pizza would always have five to six freaking olives on top. Oh, you better believe I threw those away! Point at me, get angry if you will – I hate olives! I hate their smell, I hate their taste and I would never consider them to be an actual food, let alone part of a pizza!

I don’t remember how the place was called though. I would guess, “Underaged Fisting”. Their sauces and especially the cream cheese were pretty great. I made the mistake of ordering a pizza with chilli peppers once, barely managed to get past half of it. No, removing the chilli peppers didn’t solve anything! Their taint remains and can’t be removed at all! If I was feeling suicidal enough, I could have shoved them all inside my mouth, along with the olives I didn’t order. I had hope for tomorrow though, a hope I call milk. Milk is a pretty good hope! Their Pizza Margherita is pretty costly though, obviously made with the idea of being affordable by families and not by single customers.

The Prosciutto Funghi is probably the best pizza in the universe though! Talk about quality meat and the pleasure of tasting some of the most delicious mushrooms from glorious eastern Europe! All warpped in melting cream cheese, tasty sauce and the olives go into the trash can yet again! Truly, the only thing that managed to ruin my experience from eating this universal meal was the delivery guy, who tried to keep the change that one time. No! I could not allow it. You can’t just assume you can do something without my word on it. We are not talking about saving the world or delivering a baby here, we are talking about doing your job at delivering a pizza! Was I supposed to allow that as within the idea that I was satisfied with the service? Well, I guess I can never be satisfied. It’s not about actual facts happening, it’s about me accepting them. And guess what, I am not doing that! He was rich enough in the first place to own a car and use it for his job, I’m sure he’ll be fine without my money that I used to buy the biggest bag of potato chips the next day.

Anyways…

Hand in Hand – Pretty Ghost Dolls Mystery School Smile Lesbian Romance! get you ❤

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*WARNING*!!!!!!!!

The game contains VIOLENCE! If you are sensitive to the sound of rough, generic RPGMaker blade- slash sound samples, then GO HOME AND PLAY HEART BEAT, CLUB OF THE READING!

“Hand in Hand” is a RPGmaker game that was made in a pretty short amount of time for a girlsgirlslove event or something. It features a short story of two school girls [Shizune and Akari] getting trapped in A school, due to an obscure security system OR supernatural ghost dolls. I can’t really tell for sure… The way the author made this game lets the supernatural gimmick be the reason for most of the questionable plot holes, which is quite the strategy, especially when making games within’ the spicy time limit of a few days. If you ever feel like making a game, but you worry about the potential of the plot, just put wizards and ghosts and blame all problems on them! Freakin Wizards man!

Not much of exploration or puzzle solving is presented within’ the game itself, as you are pretty much being told where to go and what to get/do during the whole course of the game. There is a hostile entity that plays as the main antagonist in the game. You get to fight it in a turn based battle a total of two times – at the start and towards the end of the game. The rest of the time, it will just appear at certain places every now and then, trying to get close to you and drain you of your precious HP. If you DO follow directions properly and straight on, the entity would barely have a chance to spawn in time and do you harm. You might wanna consider this fact, given the limited number of items the game provides you with, along with no way of fully restoring your stats at a bed or a pizza hut! The true nature of the entity…? Who knows? [?] Shizune acts as your typical fighter- type, character class, dealing damage and dealing damage, while Akari leans towards the supporting side, what with a buff and heal. Despite the RNG, the two battles are fairly easy and pretty much doable even without items! Just make sure to buff Shizune each time and put Akari on defense stance and magic happens!

Hand in Hand 1.1 DONE!

No ghost dolls, horror story is complete without the classic, tender lesbian romance! During the course of the game, you’ll be presented with choices. Pick all correctly and you get the good ending, which is like the normal ending, but with a bit of additional text in it. Pick one choice wrong and get ready to be reloading a save file! Girls love is not all that complicated, as long as you know how to be respectable towards your partner and not make them feel uncomfortable and uneasy. Doesn’t that apply to all forms of love as a whole? Maybe not. I feel sick and I had to eat raw honey today with a bug metal spoon. The end. 6.3 out of 10 game.

Killer Bear – Confusion within’ the cutscene

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“Killer Bear” is a RPGMaker game that takes on the classic horror -slasher genre, with a pinch of light- hearted feeling to the overall atmosphere. As you take on the role of [Mike], you are invited to a house party, on which a rumor about a serial killer named “Killer Bear” arise. It’s a fairly short game, despite the many possible endings that one can achieve. The game focus is mainly on decision making, regarding actions that may or may not lead to the death of the people inside the building.

What I really enjoyed about this game is the composition of the various endings. Rather than feeling like a different outcomes to one grand story, the way they are made makes you feel like you are playing through a different plot setup each time. The role of the [Killer Bear] character also changes with that and I think this is the selling charm- point of the game.By “changes” I mean given to and shuffled through certain characters, with the whole idea of a serial- killer being DEAD – real or nonexistent completely!

Ideally, for a maximum amount of satisfaction, you should go for the full – experience playthrough and try to get all the endings!

Killer Bear 1.7 DONE!

I don’t really have any actual complains regarding this game. The graphics are pretty cute and neat. The music… it’s there! Along with the sounds! It’s quite the amazing statement, alright! As a whole, it’s pretty solid game, no less! Though, to be fair, I did had trouble with getting ‘Ending A’! It’s not like I didn’t had the general idea of trying to keep everyone within’ the house alive, it just took me a while to figure out how to do so. For one thing, I was unaware of the fact that I can take action during some cutscenes. Maybe that’s due to the fact that you are given a fairly short amount of time to take action and do the right thing, along with some vision obscure further on. All the trouble that I had with that, I blame myself for not reading more carefully the [Read Me] file, which… tells you about this little gimmick. TAKE NOTES KIDS, TAKE NOTES!!!

Rumors say that I consider this to be a 8.5 out of 10 video game… WHAT?!?!

LR19 Spooky Mystery Video Games Mixer!

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This is the first and potentially not the last post where I talk about five games that I’ve played for the new Halloween- themed volume. What is October to you? To me, October is the month where I hide inside my room during the cold weather and shove all the poached pears in the world inside my abyssal mouth. Spook times!!!

Basketball Nightmare [Sega Master System]

Basketball Nightmare DONE!

The only enjoyable thing in this game to me were the animated cutscenes that play during the slam dunks. Indeed, they are pretty rough and stiff, but I find them charming nevertheless. The overall gameplay feels like a watered- down “Tecmo NBA Basketball [NES]”, where you can also stand in front of your active opponent, which stops them right in their tracks, either until they realize half a minute later that the ball can be passed down or you steal it from them. There is quite the weird RNG when it comes to successful shots, regardless of their range! I liked the variety of the monster teams that you get to play against in the story mode. However, playing and beating each of them ends up being quite the boring task and I have no idea how I did it on my first try! Wait, I do! I kept blocking their active players!

Drac’s Night Out [NES]

Drac's Night Out 1.1 DONE!

You are Drac and you have to go out on a date with this one girl each day, for five times in a row! Every round, you have to exit your home first and then find the house where the girl lives. Exiting your home is pretty challenging, given that it gets invaded by villagers constantly. Lucky you though, you can activate traps or call for the help of various monsters. If a villager is hurt, you can consume them for blood [HP] and you transform once you’ve accumulate enough of them. Once you transform, you turn into a bat, which lets you go through a part of the level fairly quickly, ignoring all danger and whatnot. There is also a fall damage and shoes that you can collect which grant you speed and the ability to jump over wide gaps, villagers, traps and something that I didn’t knew until I finished the game was that you can jump on villagers to stun them! The house is divided by five sections and for each round, you have to exit through the door on the lowest floor, on the same section you woke up. On each new round, Drac wakes up at a different location on the highest floor. During your descend, you are free to go to other sections, which is also a key element at certain times. As the rounds go by, some traps and monsters can harm you as well and the villagers speed and invasion pace increases by a bit. Here’s few hints from me:

/ You can jump over rolling rocks and wheels if you are close enough to them and time your jump well./ [Without shoes!]

/Careful when you transition to the first section of the house on round two, as it is possible to get stuck quite early, but I guess you can [EAT] your way out of it. [?]/

/At the start of round three, to avoid fall damage when you transition to section four, you can start your jump from section three./

/The light switch needed to remove the darkness in round four is located two floors below you, on the left. It’s quite safe and easy to access, but it took ME a while to find it! At the start, I went as far as to play half of the section in complete darkness…/

/Grinding villagers for transformation can save you lots of time, mainly doing annoying transitioning from one section of the house to another and dealing with hordes of pesky villagers. There is also a switch towards the end of round five which you can access easily as a bat, rather than trying to go for the shoes and learn the platforming momentum, which will cost you a few falls./

Drac's Night Out 1.2 DONE!

The second part of the game takes a different turn from the early platforming and puts you into a top- down perspective. As Drac, now you have to locate the house of the girl, which of course is done by asking/ consuming people for directions and items. The early rounds are quite generous as they provide you with a map and the bridges in town are still intact. Later rounds, the game make you find a map from a merchant and the bridges are removed. How important those factors are depends entirely on the girl’s location, which is always randomly generated. You know, given that she is the only lady in town that can afford to dress in plain, semi- dark blue [?], it’s obvious that she comes from a rich family that probably owns half the town. There is also now the classic mob with pitchforks and torches, which are sadly, an instant GAME OVER for Drac if they come into contact with him. While I do think that the time limit within’ the game and Drac’s HP meter are quite generous, getting stuck on a path between two mob groups is probably one of the worst feelings in the video game universe, especially on later rounds, ESPECIALLY if you are going for a no- death run… Here’s be hints from me:

/As houses have both front and back exits, the same applies to entrances! I know, it’s amazing! Few people would be willing to enter through a door they can’t see though…/

/Need to cross the river but bridges are out? Trapdoors inside some houses can lead you across. You just need to find the correct houses!/

/Mob groups are the worst thing in the universe, but they can’t harm you during your transformation. [In this part, Drac transforms into a dog/ or wolf???] Pick up some shoes to boost your speed up even further during your transformation and you’ll be flying through half the town in now time! [Not really, but still, the feeling is pretty great!]

Scooby-Doo: Curse of Anubis – Pyramid of Doom!

Scooby-Doo - Curse of Anubis - Pyramid of Doom! DONE!

I was never all that big of a fan on the whole Scooby- Doo series. I remember watching a few episodes, back in the days, simply because there wasn’t anything else, more interesting, running at the time. So do I remember. At that time, the kids in my school would go crazy over the series for some reason, making conversations and topics about it for the whole day. When I was asked about my opinion, I would state that I have no interest in things that are not/related to] video games and at the time, our country wasn’t big on importing any Scooby-Doo games whatsoever.    [?]

“Scooby-Doo: Curse of Anubis – Pyramid of Doom!” is a flash game that I picked randomly a few days ago. It features and isometric view and pushing block elements, along with a limit regarding how many steps you can make. The goal is to reach the exit door in each room. Blocks serve as a mere obstacles and are not required for a specific arrangement. The ten levels that I played felt pretty decent. Maybe there could have been more, with additional gimmicks? It took me two tries to complete the game with what I assume is the highest possible score?

The thing about the game is that you have limit on your steps, not an actual time limit. Thus, you can take your time to plan your path ahead quite well. The whole isometric perspective might add a bit of a weird feeling to it, but it’s nothing too complicated really.

Scooby-Doo Mystery [Sega Genesis]

Scooby-Doo Mystery 1.1 DONE!

Scooby-Doo as an adventure game was a fairly satisfying experience. One can argue as to how it can’t match other titles in the genre of the time in terms of visuals and ESPECIALLY sound, but as a whole, I personally had no problems with any of those. The game features two chapters which are pretty short, but there is enough puzzle- solving and exploring to satisfy even the veterans of the High Mountain Adventure Game Club Dragon Breath VII. Some items are quite well hidden, so I suggest looking carefully and interacting with things in many ways as possible. There are no dead ends or bullshit- logic at hand, which is nice. Not always, but as a whole, quite nice. If you are in the mood for some casual and comfy adventure game, featuring the two blockheads from the Scooby-Doo series, you are in for quite the ride!

I like how the game gives you indirect hints/ direction through Scooby, who follows you around everywhere. You even get to interact with him at a certain, single, one point! It’s a nice little touch, but I liked it quite a lot.

Scooby-Doo Mystery 1.2 DONE!

Sweet Home [NES]

Sweet Home 1.5 DONE!

This is a survival- horror, top- down perspective game that I’ve put on a hold even since I learned about it around 2009. I saw it first on some forums, then I briefly saw some LPs, it was suggested to me by friends and foes, by my own self and eventually, there it is! 2017, Halloween blast baby, “Sweet Home”…    IS REALLY SWEET! Man, I really do regret not playing it sooner…

Sweet Home 1.4 DONE!

In the game, you take control of five people, who get locked inside an old mansion – house- building, which turns out to be haunted. Finding an exit and learning more about the ghost who locked you up are your main priorities, as well as trying to keep as many members of your party alive as possible.  You can control each person separately or you can put them into groups of up to three people. Each character has their own special thing, like one can open locked doors with a key, other can cure ill- stats, burn ropes and so on. If someone dies, you lose on their special item, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll get stuck! There are additional items that can replicate the effect of the special item that the death member possessed. There is a maid in the game and I really liked that, since you don’t see those often in games like this, especially with the power to ACTUALLY clean garbage and open new paths! Honestly, the whole cast of the game is pretty awesome, despite how simple and generic they might seem at first sight.

Sweet Home 1.2 DONE!

Each character has a limited inventory space, so a few reasons to keep as many people alive as possible are to keep items organized and to avoid needless backtracking. There are quite a lot of items within, the game – Some are needed to open new paths, other are needed for solving a certain puzzle. There is also an item which restores HP and WEAPONS! That’s right! Apart from just going around the house, collecting items and solving stuff, you also get to FIGHT! Randomly generated encounters put the lovely cast of “Sweet Home” against some pretty neat foes! Not so neat in terms of names, but visually, every enemy in “Sweet Home” I found to be pretty cool. Spooky cool!

Sweet Home 1.3 DONE!

You get experience from fighting enemies, which makes your characters stronger, up to a maximum level of 20. The battles are easier when done in a big group of three and with acquiring better weapons. While you don’t need to level up every character in the game, you do need at least three or two of them to be tough enough to face further encounters and the boss of the game. Having all your characters leveled up and well equipped lets you move them more freely, potentially dealing with encounters easily and using them from whatever part of the game you might need them. I think that Emi and Akiko are pretty important during the whole course, as locked doors and ill- stats are the things most presented within’ the game. Thus, having them leveled up and geared well is a good strategy for a successful run.

Sweet Home 1.1 DONE!

Leveling up comes naturally and no actual grinding is needed as you progress. I like how rewarding leveling up and obtaining good weapons is, to the point where it makes your group virtually untouchable by attacks from normal encounters. The logic behind the puzzles is pretty solid and easy to follow. There are two VERY WELL hidden items, which I didn’t managed to find until after I finished the game. Honestly though, they are not all that great, not game- breaking at all! More like optional, depending on how much free inventory space you can afford, really.

Playing this game, I could see how it managed to inspire various series and titles that came years after it. “Sweet Home” was like a grand feast, but I’m full. Full, full! Not just nap time- full. Damn! What a good game!