If you’re after a quick fright or two, why not try the playable teaser for eerie point-and-click horror, The Last Door?
It’s nice outside today. The sun’s out and it’s warm (but not too warm, y’know?), but I’m inside with the blinds down and my headphones on scared witless after just three minutes with The Last Door.
Chapter one of the chilling point-and-click adventure Kickstartered by Spanish folks, The Game Kitchen, isn’t out until March 11th, but a playable teaser on the game’s official site will give you a pretty good idea of the tone they’re going for: a scary one.
There’s very little to it, but it’s just enough to get me counting down the days to the Monday after next. The emphasis here is on creating a haunting atmosphere through art and sound, rather than tired stinger jump scares and all that rubbish.
I don’t know what it is about pixel art that just works for this type of game, but like Benjamin River’s stomach-churning and head-twisting narrative experiment, Home, The Last Door’s visual style is equally mysterious and alluring. Add to that the melancholic yet sinister theme music – and the horror genre’s greatest sound effect for creating atmosphere, a ticking grandfather clock – and there are more than enough reasons to rush to switch the lights back on.
I’m trying to work out exactly how the game is being released, but I’m either still in the throes of fear or just too stupid to understand it clearly. From what I can gather, though, The Last Door will be released completely free via your web browser, but anyone who forks over cash to support the game’s development will be given early access to chapters. However you end up playing the thing, you should give the teaser a go right now.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this one (but probably only between the gaps in our fingers), so stick with BeefJack for more about The Last Door.