Game: Imscared.exe – A Pixelated Nightmare
Developer: Ivan Zanotti
This game is a bit of a cult classic on the underground Indie Horror scene, and it’s not difficult to see why. You’ll find yourself traversing pixelated corridors being chased, stalked, watched, by the games “Antagonist” White Face. The archaic graphics and sound effects only add to the horror; I’m guessing it removes us from our comfort zone, no longer can the developer rely heavily on visual horror and disturbing images and creatures to give us the creeps, because the capacity for visual horror just isn’t there.
So as you walk towards a window and see White Face just staring at you with that horrendous, never changing grin, like you’re a semi-nude Jennifer Lawrence and he is a seventeen year old with a pair of binoculars, you’d expect something to happen, some kind of jump scare. In fact what occurs is quite the opposite, he doesn’t move, he lays in wait, you walk into the room to go about your business, maybe a switch flip here, a lever-pull there, a backflip and a ninja star throw somewhere else (like, not in this game somewhere else), and throughout this all, you know he’s still there, watching you.
You know that at any moment, he could burst through the window and take your soul faster than you could say “Hey, White Face, that’s my soul, I don’t think that belongs to you does it really? What would you even want to do with my soul anyway? Is it some form of extra-dimensional currency? Like you go up to the counter in McDeadald’s, ask for a chicken sandwich and they say ‘that’ll be four souls please’, but you don’t have enough souls so you have to resort to stealing mine? Go away please”……I think I kind of strayed from my original point there, but you get the idea.
One of the coolest features of this game is the way that it actually begins to manipulate your computer whilst you play. I won’t say too much about this little feature but it is definitely something I hadn’t really experienced before playing this game and is definitely something I want to see in horror titles in the future. Which I find weird, because I’m basically saying I enjoyed panicking, thinking my laptop was actually haunted, and would like to feel this more, what a strange world we live in.
I would definitely recommend this game, a download link can be found for free at http://gamejolt.com/games/other/imscared-a-pixelated-nightmare/10058/ and weighing in at a staggering 3.1mb for Windows you don’t really have anything to lose, except possibly your soul, but we’ve discussed that already so yeah it’s up to you really.
Scare Rating: That one time you switched to a horror movie when you were eight and were supposed to be asleep in bed, and now whenever you see the original Amityville Horror you have to turn it off because you still have an irrational fear of seeing eyes in your windows……that’s not a personal story I promise.