I am starting a YouTube channel based around playing indie horror games, and this was one of the first! You can find my video here:
I am a game developer, so I understand how important it is to get critical feedback from players, no matter how experienced you are. So feel free to take a look at my notes and opinions below!
As someone who has a general phobia of mannequins and dolls, I was terrified of this game. I don't read the description of any horror game that I play in hopes of being surprised, and the moment that first mannequin ran past the doorway, oh boy was I surprised!
I loved the atmosphere and general unsettling nature of the environment. The story really was hidden all the way through, which I think helped feed the unknown factor. It seemed to be very P.T. inspired just based around the idea of going back and forth in a small, confined area, but that seemed to work perfectly for this game. Those mannequin models are great too! They look just real enough for me to be horrified.
I was a bit confused at first. I was not entirely sure what my objective was. I feel like early on, a lot of my fear was lost because I was just wandering, trying to figure out what to do. After I found the first fuse, though, I understood what my overall objective was and the fear crept right back up.
The subtle noise cues and overall sound design was perfect for this little game. I am a sucker for good sound design and I think this game got it down. There was just enough sound when the game needed it, and none when it didn't.
I think it could've been even more terrifying if you would have done something with the mannequins at the end. It was perfectly set up for one of them to charge at me, but even just something as simple as one of the mannequins falling over when I walked passed could've served as perfect jumpscare material. Of course, the ending really served as the big jumpscare moment, but I don't think that worked too well. I think that a small, non-lethal jumpscare would've been perfect right before that ending sequence.
As always, take my opinions with a grain of salt as I really did enjoy the experience.
Aside from the minimal flaws that I found in this short horror game, I genuinely enjoyed it! It really was a perfect addition to my playlist of indie horror games!