I solely simply realised, whereas mentioning the dev’s subsequent sport, that we by no means posted about glorious indie horror sport Mothered. To not be confused with the unrelated Remothered video games, it is the story of a younger lady returning house after surgical procedure to search out every little thing is bizarre and her mom is a few type of eerie model. It is perhaps my favorite horror sport of 2021? Now’s a very good time to lift Mothered as a result of: 1) it lastly has a demo for newcomers; 2) for veterans, that demo truly hides a secret growth persevering with the sport’s story.
The primary-person explore-o-adventure-a-horror launched final Christmas Eve, so we missed it on the time as a result of we had been all comatose on cocoa. After which… ? I do not know. Sorry, reader expensive. I am going to make up for it now.
Mothered places us within the little physique of Liani, a lady who comes house after severe surgical procedure and, the blurb says, “is met with a wierd model claiming to be her mom.” Throughout snippets of days joined up with timeskips, Liana explores the household house, spends time with Mom, tries to recollect who she was, and tries to determine what is going on on.
The sport drips unease and oddity, demonstrating nice restraint as rigidity mounts. A really intelligent and cautious sport. It’s an absolute pleasure to expertise this slow-burning discomfort, particularly after just lately seeing too many PT knock-offs, trash jumpscares, and downright embarrassing ‘mature’ ‘psychological’ horrors. Mothered appears to be like and sounds nice too, with good mock-VHS results, hanging retro title playing cards and textual content and such, some completely unnerving sound and music, and… Mom. One particular part felt tedious on the time however as I look again, tch, total Mothered is nice. I am nonetheless happy each time it creeps again into my ideas.
You’ll be able to see for your self by way of the demo which arrived as a part of the newest Haunted PS1 Demo Disc on the finish of August. I am nonetheless working my method by way of these demos, so I might need extra to level out later.
This demo comprises the beginning of the sport, except it detects that you’ve got already accomplished the complete model of Mothered in your PC. In that case, it quietly transforms into a brand new expertise (a reality which involves my consideration by way of YouTuber “supergreatfriend”). This hidden “DLC-quel”, named Mothered: Dwelling, continues the story with new unusual and terrible issues to find, and possibly hints at what’s coming.
Mothered is the second sport from (principally) one-man dev Enigma Studio, following 2018’s The Enigma Machine. The following will likely be Echostasis, launching later this yr. All of them appear related in great and horrible methods.