Scanner Sombre Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Scanner Sombre RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best 6 Indie Games to Play this Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/5esg3/best-6-indie-games-to-play-this-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/5esg3/best-6-indie-games-to-play-this-halloween Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:28:36 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

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While Scanner Sombre is technically an exploration driven game with story and puzzle elements, not completely unlike several of the other entries on this list, it truly tests your ability to rationalize your location in a 3D environment. This is thanks to the main mechanic: you play in a completely pitch black environment with only your lidar gun to light the way with a spectrum of rainbow colored dots. (You should really watch the trailer if you want to get how this works.)

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This can, especially at first, be somewhat disorienting, but as your mind adjusts it allows you to better concentrate on your journey. Along the way, a tale of miners and ancient rituals is also unveiled, but shhh! I've already said too much.

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Scanner Sombre is available on Steam for $9.99. It is also compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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And there we have it, with Scanner Sombre I present the last of the 6 unique indie titles. Some test your brains, some test your reflex skills. Some educate, some nauseate. There's something here for every type of gamer, of course, that is assuming you don't mind haunting experiences with graphic imagery.

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Year Walk is another atmospheric puzzle game. However, its concentration on Swedish legends as well as the Swedish vision quest known as a year walk is what sets this game apart from the pack.

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With a combination of cryptic puzzles and creative solutions, which require you to use all sorts of various inputs and sensory info to solve puzzles, Year Walk remains thought-provoking throughout. The included encyclopedia that details many different Swedish myths and creatures also helps add a sense of life to this creepy game. 

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Year Walk is available on iOS for $3.99 along with a companion encyclopedia app. However, it was also re-released on Steam for both PC and Mac for $5.99. The increased price tag does include revamped visuals, a map, new locations and associated puzzles, and a hint system all of which help make this the definitive edition. The map does help cut down on backtracking to a degree, which is definitely appreciable, but either version is worth your time. 

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Fran Bow is perhaps the most infamous title on this list thanks to it winning a couple of Indie Game of the Year awards back in 2015 and its subsequent feature on Markiplier's channel, which netted around 30 million total views.

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Fran Bow is a traditional point and click adventure that tasks you with solving puzzles as you slowly unravel the story of a little girl who found her parents dismembered. One of the game's real strengths is the way that it ties its story and gameplay together. For instance, many of the puzzles are directly tied to the story and game world. Moreover, self-administering your own medicine opens up new outlets to explore the world, which is perhaps one of the darkest mechanics in recent memory. 

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There are actually several parallels between Lydia and Fran Bow. Both star young girls that are scarred by the horrifying events of their childhood and both explore those through psychological elements. However, Lydia is more strongly grounded in real life experiences, while Fran Bow draws from a Tim Burton-esque storytelling tradition.

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Fran Bow is available on Steam for $14.99. 

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Lydia is a game that is as hard to write about because of its brevity as its difficult subject matter. With a short runtime-- most people seem to have spent about 1-2 hours with the game-- and a small price tag-- $4.99-- there's not a ton to see or a lot to write about that doesn't immediately get into spoiler territory.

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That being said, Lydia is a story-driven adventure game that has you playing as a young girl dealing with the substance abuse of the adults in her life. In fact, it is based on the developer's own experiences with this subject matter, making it a particularly heart-wrenching journey. The game uses a lot of metaphorical imagery of distant places and "boogeymen" to help express the difficulty of coping with these problems as a child. 

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Its creepy atmosphere alone earns Lydia a place on this list, but for me, it's the mundane horror found in the everyday ways that humans and completely destroy themselves and their families that really makes this title so gut-wrenching and ultimately effective at delivering its mix of message and horror.

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Lydia is available on Steam for $4.99.  

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Space Beast Terror Fright, or SBTF, sounds like the devs randomly threw a bunch of words at the wall and used what stuck to name their game.

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With that out of the way, SBTF is perhaps the most action-oriented title on this whole list. Being a rogue-like, arcade style FPS with permadeath, that boasts its difficulty it is easy to say that this is not for the faint of heart. However, SBTF's love affair with the dimly lit hallways of a destroyed space station, a la Aliens or Dead Space, is what really earns it a place on this list. In fact, one of the only pieces of equipment you have from the onset is a motion tracker seemingly ripped out of the Aliens mythos.

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It is worth noting that SBTF is still in Early Access. Moreover, it offers multiplayer support for co-op play and there are some that swear that this is the intended way to play the game. With that being said, SBTF is available on Steam for $14.99. It's only available for PC. 

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"LOSE YOUR MIND. EAT YOUR CREW. DIE."

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This is Sunless Sea's tagline and it really sets the tone for the entire game. In Sunless Sea, you command a ship as you explore a vast sea searching for loot and anything else your heart could desire from the open waters while also fighting everything from sentient icebergs to sharks the size of your vessel.

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As you play through the game, find new locations, and acquire new missions, text blurbs will pop up on the screen as excerpts from a ship log detailing your adventures, as haunting as they may be. 

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2nd October, 1889 "Starvation walked the ship. We were merciful: our knives were sharp.  

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Sunless Sea is available on Steam for $18.99. 

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Every year October rolls around, and every year there's a new surge of horror movies, haunted houses, and "creepy" decorations. And while all of these are staples of an industry, they are far from the only way to fulfill that odd, almost contradictory urge to be scared, because the video game industry has its own subculture of horrific games.

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But, much like the large blockbuster horror titles that hit the silver screen every year, we all know about the Dead Space's, Five Nights at Freddy's, Amnesia's, and Resident Evil's of the game industry. That's why I'm bringing you 6 indie titles that might usually fall under the radar. Some are atmospheric, some are action-packed, but they all have their own unique spark that makes them worth checking out. 

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Header obtained from Nick Kenrick via Flickr. 

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5 Trippiest Indie Games on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/3ur0v/5-trippiest-indie-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/3ur0v/5-trippiest-indie-games-on-steam Thu, 04 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

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Each of the games I listed should, hopefully, scratch a slightly different itch.

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Broadly speaking, Ultraworld begs the question who am I? While Everything says, "There is no I, just a bunch of separate parts of we."

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Scanner Sombre implicitly asks you to mentally map out an area in your head. While Antichamber explicitly forces you to understand the world in new, interesting, and impractical ways.

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Rounding up the bunch we have Zeno Clash. Mechanically this game is a first person brawler. While this is much more traditional compared to the other games, which lean toward the puzzle genre or the walking simulator genre, it also has the most overtly insane world on the list.

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So what do you think? I know I must have missed some (or possibly many) games. Let me know of some games you would have featured in this listicle in the comments below.

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Zeno Clash 1 & 2

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It should take you approximately 15 seconds into the above trailer for you to say to yourself, "Okay. This is a little weird." The Zeno Clash series feel like something right out of Tim Burton's imagination.

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Character designs prominently feature odd human-animal hybrids, like boar people that squeal like an injured pig when attacked. Even the more humanoid characters, such as your main character, have odd proportions and unsettling features. Seriously, what the heck is up with the protagonist's haircut?

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The below is from Zeno Clash 1's Wikipedia page:

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The game commences with Ghat, the game's protagonist, regaining consciousness after setting off an explosion which kills Father-Mother, an ostensibly hermaphroditic creature, which has raised a large and influential family.

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The beginning of the game really helps set the tone for the game to come.

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Zeno Clash 1 & Zeno Clash 2 are both available on Steam for PC for $9.99 and $14.99 respectively.

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Antichamber

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Antichamber is hard to explain to someone because it is hard to explain the non-Euclidean geometry the game is based on.

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While games like Everything and Ultraworld make you think about the nature of existence in abstract ways, Antichamber makes you live through an abstract existence in practical ways.

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For instance, in the above trailer, the player is shown red stairs leading down on their left and blue stairs leading up on their right. However, both somehow loop back around onto the room you start in.

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Looking at different sides of the same cube can lead to completely different rooms. A glass pane can show different colors from different sides. Pressing your face up against it so that you only see the represented color changes the whole world to be that color.

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These are both early puzzles that set the tone for the Alice in Wonderland-esque puzzles seen throughout the game.

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Antichamber is available via Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux for $19.99.

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Scanner Sombre

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Scanner Sombre is actually a relatively new release and really succeeds in messing with your head by playing around with such odd visuals.

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In the game, you do not actually have any way to see things because you are in a pitch black cave system. Instead, you must use a LIDAR gun to place rainbow colored dots around the environment. The dots vary along a spectrum depending on how close you are; red is very close, while violet is far away.

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This makes the game mentally trippy and strenuous because your brain must comprehend and create its own mental structure of the cave while you literally map it out in the game. Moreover, the way the dots work plays with your brain. 

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For instance, you can see dots on only one side; once you pass them you can no longer see them. This means you can create a path through a tunnel only to turn around and see nothing but the black, open void. To make it even more mentally strenuous, you can see dots you placed through walls. Meaning your mind must parse between the dots and the way they move in relation to your movements for it to fully understand the actual placement of those dots.

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To make it even more mentally strenuous, you can see dots you placed through walls. Meaning your mind must parse between the dots and the way they move in relation to your movements for it to fully understand the actual placement of those dots.

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The cave system also has some dark (not literally, figuratively) hidden secrets which make it ominous, but I don't want to spoil any of that.

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In short, the game really tests your brain's ability to mentally remember and map out a 3D environment all while being extremely beautiful. What a treat!

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Scanner Sombre is available on Steam for both PC & Mac for $11.99.

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Everything

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When a game is literally named Everything, you know you are either in for something really mind blowing or something completely devoid of meaning. But who am I to confirm that human thoughts actually have meaning? No one; that is who.

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Anyhow, Everything is based on the philosophy taught by Alan Watts. It also features narration from his old recordings, some of which can be heard below in the launch trailer:

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According to Wikipedia, Alan Watts' philosophy was largely based on various Eastern philosophies, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and various Chinese philosophies.

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Watts put forward a worldview, drawing on Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, pantheism or panentheism, and modern science, in which he maintains that the whole universe consists of a cosmic Self playing hide-and-seek (Lila); hiding from itself (Maya) by becoming all the living and non-living things in the universe and forgetting what it really is – the upshot being that we are all IT in disguise.

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As such, Everything tries to grapple with many of the predominant themes that are present in Watts' writings. For instance, Watts proposes-- as much of eastern religion does-- that we are actually all just part of one larger whole. The grass, the bees, the bears, the rocks, the lamps, us humans too. Everything; hence the name. The game accomplishes this primarily by having you play as various things on all sorts of scales, from the microscopic to the cosmos.

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Everything is available on Steam for PC & Mac for $14.99. It is also available for PS4 and Linux.

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Ultraworld Exodus

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Ultraworld Exodus is actually the continuation of Ultraworld and seems to include the entire original game along with this newer second part which finished the story.

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The premise of the game, as seen above, centers around a sentient video game NPC asking for help. However, it's only once you reach it that you realize that what it needs help with is larger than saving the princess. He has an existential crisis on his hands. Don't worry this isn't getting into spoiler territory; you figure all this out in the first 5 minutes.

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Throughout the game, you explore the world by delving into philosophical problems, like the nature of truth, why we exist, or whether or not we can even tell simulation and reality apart. The game can be a slow bloomer, but its free price tag should help reduce that.

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Ultraworld Exodus is available on Steam for PC for FREE!

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The game industry can be a very serious place. Too often it concentrates on sweeping space operas or photo-realistic graphics at the expense of slowing down and really interacting with the cogs that make us tick.

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Sometimes we need to just sit back, relax, and rethink the way we view existence. The games on this list will make you rethink the way you view yourself and the world, or at the very least they will make you glad that you do not have a Father-Mother. And for that, we can all be thankful.

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Without further ado, here are the 5 Trippiest Games on Steam.

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Father-Mother

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