Maximum Games' In Nightmare is a neatly tailored experience that channels its efforts into both puzzle-solving and survival-based gameplay. With thanks credited to the many influences that helped shape its world, the latest story-driven horror flick has been a real eye-opener for aspiring creators. Subsequently, In Nightmare has proven that games can be a success, in spite of the borrowed tools that were used to tweak its founding components.
Of course, it's early days, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for the game to branch out and acquire new DLC and what have you. But that's looking ahead. And anyway, rounding back to the game's influences—we do have a few of them on hand. Therefore, if you're on the hunt for a title that, like In Nightmare, borrows a few key tools to craft its platform, then be sure to give these five a whirl.
5. Among the Sleep
Among the Sleep certainly isn't your everyday survival horror game. And, rather than having you play a middle-aged citizen from the dingy districts of a shadowy suburbia, the story instead follows a baby, bound for the horrors that loom between reality and nightmare on a quest to banish the sinister presence that loiters in the air.
Like In Nightmare, Among the Sleep uses childlike surroundings to craft its world of horror. Using a mixture of hallucinations and fantasies, the otherwise innocent surroundings spring to life as unnatural creations, complete with twisted creatures and tormented foes. Therefore, the resemblance between the two is almost uncanny, besides the first and third-person perspectives, of course.
4. Little Nightmares
Little Nightmares most definitely played a part in the development of Maximum Games' In Nightmare. At least, it's incredibly hard to say otherwise, considering the fact that both narrow in on the dollhouse-horror style remarkably well. And it's because of that shared connection to the genre, that it only seems right that we nudge the two together.
Little Nightmares follows Six, a yellow raincoat-wearing child who finds herself imprisoned on an unusual ship that bleeds gluttony and fear. But as she learns to progress deeper into the bowels of the boat, she soon discovers a looming hunger in the pit of her stomach. A hunger that, rather sinisterly, can only be satisfied through the flesh and bone of other passengers and stowaways.
3. Alice: Madness Returns
For those who enjoy the traditional version of Alice in Wonderland, Alice: Madness Returns will look like the polar opposite of Lewis Carroll's beloved format. And to be fair, even Tim Burton's take on the classic literature is still a far cry from American McGee's unorthodox creation. But we're all for it, and we honestly believe that Madness Returns contains one of the best portrayals of Wonderland to date.
Casting its focus on the emotional warfare volleying back and forth in Alice's frail mind, Madness Returns tells the story of how the conflicted protagonist dipped into darkness and fought to stay afloat. Through a series of obstacles and twisted creatures, Wonderland comes to life inside her own mind, though not as the vibrant and healthy vista as seen in earlier iterations. However, being in the thick of it, it's up to you to understand why.
If you were able to get a kick out of Limbo, as well as In Nightmare, then INSIDE should be your next port of call. That said, if you're after a story-driven experience, then perhaps this one shouldn't be taken on, considering the fact it's far more puzzle-oriented than anything else.
Needless to say, INSIDE is a remarkable game that knows how to keep you second-guessing. Although its plot is somewhat shortsighted, it's the fact it keeps you rifling through the possibilities before ever reaching a conclusion that makes it worthwhile. And so, for that, we're happy to align the two together in the same nexus.
1. Song of Horror
Song of Horror flew south of the radar for a lot of mainstream gamers, causing the game to lose a great deal of Silent Hill and Resident Evil fans as a result. And, to keep it relevant to the subject on hand, In Nightmare also took a few of its source materials from Song of Horror to build its own spire. Although only a couple of bits and pieces, the two are able to share this mutual connection—if only slightly.
Taking a few scraps from the aforementioned games, Song of Horror takes the form of a puzzle-adventure survival horror experience that dares to be both grotesque and grizzly. Combined with a treasure trove of challenges, scares, and thought-provoking story arcs, the world slowly but surely creeps to life as a true staple on the horror market. And if that's the sort of thing you're looking for after trudging through In Nightmare, then be sure to check it out.
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