ReviOUYA Review #37 – Neverending Nightmares

Neverending Nightmares, by Infinitap games, is a psychological Horror game that takes place in the late 1800s.  Starring Thomas, a man who is stuck in his nightmares trying to escape them.  Thomas runs into countless horrors such as creepy dolls, and giant mutated babies (trust me, it is freaker than it seems), all to try to wake up.  To see what happens, the game needs to be played.

Graphics: 10/10

The graphics are so beautifully styled, using dynamic lighting for things such as candles, and cross-stitch shading to make things darker and creepier when they need to be.  All vibrantly coloured objects can be interacted with, as well as certain parts of enemies, such as cuts on them, for example.  Not for a moment does this game let up on its creep factor, or its framerate.  The game runs smoothly from beginning to end, which interestingly enough, adds greatly to the scare and dread factor of this game.

The DARKNESS!

Sounds: 10/10

The music in this game is completely atmospheric, as are the sound effects.  The overall sounds are definitely what make this game a thrill to play. As if any of it were to be different than what they currently are, it could ruin the game completely.  The music sucks the gamer in rather quickly, with the visuals and sound effects aiding the immersion and the scares.  It certainly makes the viewer and the gamer feel a sense of dread as it feels something may happen to them at any minute.  This all adds greatly to the experience, and it is recommended to never turn down that volume.

Gameplay: 9/10

While Neverending Nightmares is a horror game, it is not part of the Survival Horror genre.  There are no weapons, nor escaping the inevitable.  The game is about exploring every room and trying to find the end of the nightmare.  That being said, there was one bothersome thing about the game.  The character’s running.. more like jog-walking.  The character moves ever so slightly faster than his walking and then runs out of breath real quickly.  Dream or not, that guy needs to exercise.  Otherwise, the exploration, and constant feeling of dread and not wanting to open that next door lingers even after the game is finished.  That is when you know the developers put a lot of care into this game.

Overall:

Neverending Nightmares is a scary horror adventure, and not in the jump scares, nor the disturbing images, but the psychological thought of it.  Something like that, lingering even after playing the game shows that it can have a deep effect on someone.  This game was beautifully crafted and plays exceptionally well.  Highly recommended to anyone in the mood for a good scare.  Oh, and there are multiple endings!

Graphics: 10/10
Sounds: 10/10
Gameplay: 9/10

Overall: 9.8/10

Push Neverending Nightmares on to your OUYA now!  – Free to Try, $14.99

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