For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by horror/thriller games. From PC classics such as Alone in the Dark, to others such as Clock Tower, Resident Evil, and Silent Hill that built on this framework and made it better. The latest in this genre is the first part of a planned trilogy starting with Remothered: Tormented Fathers. which promises a delightfully spooky time for those who don’t easily run away from fear.
The plot follows the life of Rosemary, a mid-30s woman who wants to find out what happened to a young girl that went missing a few years ago. She starts her investigation with the girl’s adopted father, Richard Felton, who lives in a spooky old mansion because why not, right? It doesn’t take long before Rosemary finds out she’s trapped inside with no way out, and must gather clues, solve puzzles and avoid creepy people stalking her throughout the mansion as she does her best to find a way to escape and learn about the missing girl.
As with true survival horror games, you won’t be packing heat to take down creatures, but instead do your best to avoid them, set up traps and distrstrations, and if need be, thrown stuff to stun them long enough for you to get away. This is the biggest pull of this title as you’re genuinely scared when a monster appears and have to hide or outrun it as best you can. If that wasn’t scary enough for you, this one keeps it old school as things become more frightening and difficult when you learn there aren’t any checkpoints and you can only heal and save at certain spots in the mansion.
The controls are okay but could be better, but it might be due to the so-so character animations. The graphics aren’t much to look at but get the job done, and the audio side of things are about the same, as the voice acting is just enough to get by, though the creature sounds and eerie music do help enhance the chills you get. My only real complaint is how quickly the game can be completed; I managed to reach the end in just a few hours. Granted, those were terrifying hours, but I wish it had lasted a little longer.
Remothered: Tormented Fathers is an old-fashioned spooky good time for those who enjoy true survival horror where stealth takes precedence over fighting. It might not have the best visuals and audio, and the journey can feel like its over almost as soon as it starts, but those looking for a deadly game of hide ‘n seek might want to torment themselves with this one. Hopefully the next entry, Remothered: Broken Porcelain, can build on this one and be even better.