Soma.

You have appointment with doctor for experimental brainscan – and when headset comes off, you are elsewhere. What is going on? You can know in only way – by playing Soma.

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Our protagonist without future and dead past is hurled into terrible mess, both outside and inside, as game questions reality of your experience. Are you hallucinating, in your own world, because of your damaged brain? Is this virtual reality, some kind of terrible prank? Or maybe what you experience is real, but disorted and misleading? Or, of course, you see exactly what it is supposed to be, as illogical as it seems to be.

Expect playing around with various relatives of Slenderman, performing a little bit of mad science, seeing yourself in mirror and, of course, commiting atrocities against humanity. It is also game with most pointless, senseless goal that I ever seen. I really, really liked that little detail.

After all, why not? It is not like we have anything else to do in this situation.

Bonus content

Mod for Soma, Ariadne’s Ocean, is short jaunt into world after. It is as wonderfully nihilistic as SOMA itself.

Binding of Isaac.

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You are small, crying child in fetal position. And believe me, you have really, really good reason for that.

Where you are? This place, while named, is rather… different than normal basement. You may as well call it Hell, yet another instance from infinite possibilities.

What you do? Where you go? How you just defeated some misshapen horror with your own tears? Does this happen just in your head… or not?

Welcome to The Binding of Isaac.

If you think name suggests plot, well, not really. Story is loosely based on biblical tale about that Isaac. Except in this instance you are dealing with deranged mom… and yourself, possibly even more insane.

AKill them. That will free them.s little horror games go, this one is pretty interesting and replayable.  It has elements of roguelikes, from semi-random design and placement of rooms to equipment that needs to be identified. Monsters are pretty well designed and enjoyable (with certain extremely fustrating exceptions). Before long you will want, want to destroy those screaming, disgusting abominations. Yes, even those sobbing, wide-eyed, almost cute things at right.

In course of your misadventures you will find items, pills and cards that can give you new abilities or simply make you more powerful. You may find some friends, too. More importantly, many of these items will also change your apperance – soon enough you will look as horrible as many of denizens of this place.

Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!

It is perfect, nightmarish tale about child abuse, uncertain sexuality, religious blasphemy and tons of decased Isaac’s siblings. Fetuses, to be exact. Play it.

Something seems a little… OFF.

There is man that has sacred mission to purify strange land. It is only him, his trusty baseball bat and plethora of strange people and beings on your way. And ghosts. Can’t forget about ghosts. Oh, and of course you, puppeteer.

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Escaping from your purpose is impossible

RigScrew fourth wall.ht off the bat we meet cat with eloquent speech and creepy smile called Judge. We (literally, on ruins of fourth wall) have a little chat, have a little excercise in tutorial combat and start strange little adventure in strange little land through three Zones, ending in area ominiously named Room.

You will meet distressed citizens of this realm, get to know mysterious four elements, fight with spiritual infestation, purify zones, encounter guardians of said zones and finally… know even less than on beginning. This is that kind of game.

Forever safe

WPurification in progress.hile you can’t say this game is surreal horror, it certainly has strange happenings, dream-like logic, disjointed reality and unsettling imagery, especially in Room. Music is noticeably nice and moody. This game is excellent proof that you do not need big-eyed anime loli as main heroine (or as any character for that matter) to make game interesting, compelling and just a little disturbing.

Last advice: remember to not get back to purified zones… they aren’t that empty as you would think.

Die if I must Let my bones turn to dust

Bis Vincit, Qui se Vincit in Victoria

True Art.

Of paintings and dolls and roses.Rules of the Art Gallery: No loud conversation. No photography. No food or drink. No touching the displays. No fountain pens. No leaving ever.

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IGuertena's Gallery in our reality.b, main heroine in game named Ib just entered art exhibit of Guertena Weiss (apparently famous, if decased, artist) with her parents. Allowed to explore gallery on her own, she eventually finds very large, unusual painting in part of gallery that seems to be not exactly… there. If you make map of gallery, you will understand.

After checking that painting, her journey through world of Guertena begin.

Your Dark Figure

YOne of many, many places in... uh.... that other Gallery.ou find yourself in alternative version of gallery. It’s warped, very strange and dangerous place, but artworks still have prominent place. Sadly, Ib often cannot completely understand titles, being only 9-year old. You should look at pictures and sculptures anyway, if only to admire mad genius of Guertena.

Game is not too long or hard and uses standard keys (Z, X and all that jazz). Puzzles are easy, unless you have worse math skills than average nine-year old. During game, you will run away from portraits that came alive, meet two other people that also want to escape this place, debate about meaning of “Untitled” title and discover a few rather unsettling things.

And remember, observe rules (well, except last one, of course). Gallery does not take kindly to someone that break things.

Forgotten Portrait

Did you ever been in art gallery? After playing Ib, you may never want to step in any art gallery again. Especially if light starts to flicker and suddenly there is no one here…

??? World awaits you.

Deadland Wonderman or something.

Deadman WonderlandDeadman Wonderland – Making a better world with proactive philanthropy.

IJust your usual day.n near future one kid, named Ganta, gets wrongly accused. For what, you ask. Why, extermination of entire class at once in rather guresome way. Real perpetrator, Red Man, of course vanished without trace. Society goes “okay, send this brat on death row to titular Deadman Wonderland”. And this is only beginning of journey through absurdity and madness both of this place and of this anime.

PEACE IS DEATH

DHave fun, because I sure as hell won't.eadman Wonderland, only private prison in Japan, is curious mixture. On one side we have concentration camp staffed by paramilitary (and at least one Mengele-sque mad scientist, this being anime, it is of course female). On other side is deadly, deadly circus. Beside containing  inmates and providing entertainment for mindless (I mean, MORE mindless than usual) masses for profit, it holds also secrets that are hidden even to certain important people inside prison.

ENLIGHTENMENT IS DEATH

BaWho needs sanity?sically only reason to watch this anime is fact, that everyone – heroes, villains and not-so-innocent bystanders – seems to suffer from complete brain atrophy and acute state of more or less visible madness, often with appropriately crazy smiles. That goes doubly for hidden fun stuff.

Sure, there are various “cute” moments, like eye operation, introducing new guys (with backstory, even) and then killing them literally minutes later or that one guy announcing I AM NOW SANE and then starts murdering everyone around. Elementary school aged psychos and yangire in general are given, of course.

It is like creator tried too hard.

DEATH IS SALVATION

In conclusion, this is pretty average show, watchable only if you turn your brain off completely and enjoy self-admitted absurd premise, retarded violence and rather sudden end.WE ALL ARE PUPPETS

Slender – The Eight Pages

WSlender_The_Eight_Pages_logoalking around fenced wooden area?

At night?

Stalked by malevolent supernatural entity?

Searching for eight kiddie scribbles?

Well, we have contender for Darwin Award, aren’t we.

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Slender – The Eight Pages is short survival horror game where you have to find titular pages while running away from Slender Man, mysterious and very thin human-like figure without face. As you can guess, with each acquired page game gets harder.

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Game is not really complicated, but it is very easy to start aimlessly wandering, losing time and battery life in your flashlight. Follow path in forest – pages are in, at, on or near landmarks (ten in total, so two of them will not have pages). I suggest checking out building in middle first, as you cannot really escape when inside.

I liked lack of any UI. It is only you and your trusty flashlight. When you get too tired to run, you hear heavy breath. When you are too close to Slender Man, you get static and noises.

Talking about Slendy… looking at him too long is bad idea. Being close is bad idea. He likes to teleport. At later stage, exactly behind you. Best – and only one possible – course of action is running away. It can get annoying if you wanted to get page, but now must go around.

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Game is worth few moments of play. Nothing less, nothing more – there is almost no replay value, and all you have to do is gathering pages and nothing more to do except walking around waiting for your inevitable demise. Great, moody music, sinister fog and scary sound effects can get you only far.