Games like Don't Starve and the Walking Dead
May 5, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for easy-to-control but sophisticated games with a distinctly spooky sensibility.
posted by pretentious illiterate to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I am an avid, even indiscriminate consumer of most kinds of culture. But when it comes to video games, I have to try ten before I can find one I like. In addition to the ones in the title, I loved Gone Home and Papers, Please, both of which also captured a similar mood and were fairly simple to control.
The main problem is that I get really confused when it comes to navigating 3D space in games. I'll get lost trying to find the car I just left, or give up when it comes to navigating around some obstacle. I also get really dizzy whenever I have to control a camera in addition to a character. The Walking Dead & Gone Home prove that the game doesn't have to be completely 2D, but it does need to be very straightforward in its controls. I'm also not that good at games- an endless onslaught of really tough puzzles or action sequences would probably defeat me, although I'm not afraid to look up an answer or two on the internet.
Beyond that, though, all of those games have a certain tone in common - they're quite dark, though often with flashes of grim humor (Papers Please, Don't Starve). Creepy, spooky, unsettling, weird...when it comes to games, apparently, that's my thing. When I was a kid I cut my teeth on Laura Bow series (anybody remember those?) so maybe that's where it came from. Otherwise, sandbox games, puzzle games, point-and-click, even first person shooters - they're all cool if they fit my control criteria and they capture that mood I'm going for. I'd especially love a straight-up horror game, but most of them seem to hinge on shakily running through mazes in the dark, so I think I'd lose my lunch for all the wrong reasons.
This would be for PC, ideally available on Steam. I know about the other Telltale games and I'm looking forward to playing them, and I tried that one scary game that was bundled with Don't Starve for a while. I've played most of the early Sierra adventures (Police Quest, etc.) and
Looking forward to your suggestions!