I first saw Neverending Nightmares at PAXPrime, and I watched the trailer that you can see above. In case you are wondering, you’re right, and you should be creeped out by it. Here’s something that you might not be wondering, you should be creeped out by it. This is a good thing, and I will explain later.
Now, some of you know that I originally created this blog for church-going people, and some might wonder if I could recommend a game with this extremely creepy look to it. I had a chance to talk to the creator of the game, and he has had a history with mental illness. This game is meant to simulate mental illness, and it does it incredibly well.
Personally, I think this is the best illustration of depression since the film Melancholia. The game begins with a person named Thomas who rises from his bed in a monochromatic house. As you can see, there is a thin line look to this character that reminds me of the Drew and the Floating Labyrinth game that I reviewed before. In this case, all the thin lines can create shadows and shades which add to the eerie effect.
Thomas can explore this house, but only interact with things that are in color. It is the best way of gameplay that I have seen. This isn’t a point-and-click game where you constantly click on stuff that isn’t interactive. Here, you can see exactly what you can click on.
I’m not certain what Neverending Nightmares is about, but it appears to be about Thomas and his sister. He keeps having dreams that end in him getting killed, but he rises in a different bed after each death. If there is a dream-within-a-dream thing going on, I am not certain, but it is definitely living up to its name.
Now, as I mentioned before, this game is creepy. It has a scene where someone rips out a vein or artery on their arm, I am not certain. This game is sick for a good reason, because it really shows what mental illness can do. You can feel the fear and paranoia of this character, and you sympathize. This character walks and looks scared, and that is points in its favor.
Considering that we just lost Robin Williams due to his battle with depression, I would hope that we can find ways to save those who might be struggling. This game could enlighten you.
This game actually has jump-scares. I don’t know any game that I have played that has done this, and I won’t play it in the dark or at night.
You should play it. You just should. I wouldn’t have stopped playing it, but my kids walked in the room and I didn’t want to scare them. So feel free to go on Steam and get it.