The indie horror game Those Who Remain by the small developer studio Camel 101 takes us to the sleepy and mysterious city of Dormont. More and more visitors and residents of the small town disappear in a mysterious way. Our protagonist Edward actually has a very good and happy life: he is married to a beautiful woman and has a small daughter. Despite all this, Edward finds himself after a few whiskeys on the way to Dormont at the start of the game. His goal is to meet up with his secret affair at the Golden Oak Motel. Not, however, to spend the night with her, but to finally draw a line and put his life back on morally correct paths.
This goes wrong (unsurprisingly!). Once at the motel, a psychological horror trip begins around the many dangers that swarm in the dark, Edward's own demons and the many people who have disappeared. What is real and what is just imagination? Who can Edward trust? Can he trust himself at all?
Just trust the light!
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In Those Who Remain (buy now for € 19.99) our only friend is the light. Because there are some secrets and dangers hidden in the shadows. In order to progress through the game, we have to solve puzzles again and again and adapt situations so that we stay away from the shadows. In addition, it turns out early that there is a second world – a parallel world. This seems to exist under completely different norms and rules. In order to move forward in certain game situations, we have to adjust certain details in both worlds so that new areas open up for us. For example, at one point in the parallel world, we need to activate a car's headlights so that in reality we can pass through a dark area and search a small house. We are continuously observed from the shadows.
Source: Wired Productions
There are shining eyes everywhere, which follow each of our steps from afar. This creates a constant feeling of danger. The atmosphere of Those Who Remain builds up well in the first few minutes of the game and promises an exciting short adventure. The big question remains how much the story of Those Who Remain can convince. How are the fates of Edward and the small town of Dormont connected? And what about the parallel world and the many terrifying observers? The various ingredients of the horror title sound a bit hackneyed and not very original, but they work quite well in combination. Those Who Remain will be released on May 15, 2020 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, according to the developer, the release of the Nintendo Switch will follow in summer 2020. Whether the initial atmosphere can build up meaningfully? We will of course check that in the test!
I like horror even though I'm a really big scaredy.
Those Who Remain uses a variety of horror clichés, which in my eyes doesn't have to be bad, as far as the many elements are meaningful, creative and exciting. With a horror game in particular, it is difficult to get a good picture of the overall product in the first few minutes of play. I really like the parallel world, the small town of Dormont and the mysterious observers hiding in the shadows. The big question, however, is how well Those Who Remain can resolve the plot and to what extent the development team manages to maintain the initial atmosphere throughout the game. The look also appeals, although you can see the game's indie origins, but with a few clever design decisions, this is not noticeable. Those Who Remain and its secrets definitely deserve further research on my part.
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