Game: Pokemon Lost Silver
Developer: dabridge255 (http://sandbox.yoyogames.com/users/dabridge255)
So this is about as Indie as an Indie game gets (if we completely overlook the fact that it is based off a super huge gaming franchise, but this was still created independently so it’s allowed okay!?). It’s been created by a single random website user, based upon an anonymous story about a haunted copy of Pokemon Silver that another anonymous internet user created and submitted to Creepy Pasta websites everywhere, which is now one of the most infamous Creepy Pasta’s to date.
Now, this leads me to want to ask two very prying questions. 1) How scary could a story based around Pokemon actually be? And 2) Who keeps leaving all these freakin’ haunted game cartridges lying about? It’s very irresponsible.
Well, the game itself upon surface value isn’t very scary at all. Other than the glitchy audio and odd texture palette swaps, the game isn’t all that far removed from a standard Pokemon game. It’s got all the same menu interfaces, the same controls, the same action sounds, all those sounds imprinted deeply into your brain from all those millions of hours you’ve spent getting super angry at low level Weedle’s for poisoning your critters. What makes this game scary is in fact the few tiny differences implemented that make it feel as though something untoward is happening. It would be very difficult to actually mention anything without giving away massive spoilers, but just look at this screen shot below.
There’s something that’s just…….not right about seeing Pikachu looking so downright afraid of facing you in battle. His unease will surely lead to your own unease when you find out exactly why this is occurring, it’s a harrowing experience indeed. Agh writing this is making me want to tell you all the juicy plot details, I feel like a Game Of Thrones fan logging into Facebook after just seeing a recent episode. HURRY UP AND PLAY THE GAME SO WE CAN GOSSIP PLZ.
Scare Rating: Like that one time you dropped your phone but it landed on a discarded pillow, it was a bit shocking for a couple moments but by the end of the day you’re more concerned about where that tenner went you were sure you didn’t spend this week and the phone dropping incident will never be mentioned again.