I've been really into spooky, low-poly first person horror in this column lately, and believe me, it's a trend I'd like to continue. As with Pacific last week, Exit—a submission from last year's GBJam and Pixel Horror Jam—knows that subtlety is key. It's an exercise in restraint and dedication to a simple, faux Game Boy aesthetic. You have only a flashlight, and you stumble your way through creepy rooms, each with puzzles to figure out. Maybe you need to turn some wheels.
Rob, Austin, and Danielle sat down to take on indie horror games, the many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, and... imaginary Pokémon. Then, we take a question bucket inquiry from long ago—all the way back in December 2016. It's a very creative episode of Waypoint Radio! You can subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. If you're using something else, this RSS link should let you add the podcast to whatever platform you'd like. Please take a moment and review the podcast, especially on iTunes.
It's a well-worn concept, but it's true: some of the very best horror is scary because it evokes, rather than fully illustrates some kind of terrifying concept. Hints at a reality too terrible to imagine (which, of course, helps us imagine it). It's like a subtler "show, don't tell," more of a "sketch, don't paint." That's what Dan Sanderson's Pacific does so well. It hints at a terrifying, ever-changing space. A bunker, maybe. There was an atomic apocalypse, perhaps.
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Selecting a term
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