Horror is an interesting genre in video games. On one hand, the only limitations to what you can and can’t do is based on the team itself, and the technology they’re using to make the game. Yet, after a while, video games suffered the same slog that movies did with their horror genre. “Cheap thrills”, “too much violence”, “not enough terror”, etc. However, there are those who still try and make the horror genre mean something, and Iceberg Interactive aims to do that with their psychological horror game Inmates. And they truly believe this will scare everyone.
One of the things that separate Inmates from other horror games is the setting. You see, you play as a man named Jonathan, who appears to be having a terrible nightmare, one where he is in prison and he doesn’t know why. But, as you’ll find out, he may not be dreaming at all, and in fact, he may be trapped in the confines of his own mind. But how did this happen? What does it all mean? You’ll have to survive to find out.
Inmates is meant to be not only a true showing of psychological horror through and through, but it’s meant to be a cinematic experience. As well as a deep puzzle game. Yep, this horror title has puzzle elements! Why? Because you’ll need to solve the puzzles that lie within the prison in order to make it to new sections, as well as figure out what is going on here.
But make no mistake, the game is pure horror, as the trailer above shows, the images and setting are beautifully (and horrifically) rendered to give you true terror in a multitude of ways. Even the dev team warns that this isn’t for the faint of heart.
You’ll find out yourself if this is true when Inmates releases on October 5th.