Almost every child knows the horror of the unknown. The knowledge that things are creeping about on the periphery of dark places. At some point in our development though, we lose most of that fear, though it still lurks within us. Nippon Ichi Software wants to bring out that feeling of childhood fear again with the newly-released Yomawari: Night Alone [official site]. Also, adorable anime characters. You can never go wrong with those. Take it from me.
You play as a little girl searching the night for her dog and sister. At song point during your search, however, you find that the things that go bump in the night are very real. Yomawari: Night Alone is played from an isometric viewpoint, and the cel-shaded characters and monsters are a treat for the eyes.
They’re also very bloody. Lovecraftian, almost. Have you Jump to 0:18 in the trailer and look at the mug on that dog. If I turned around and saw that thing following me I’d probably need a new pair of pants.
Sometimes you’ll see enormous hand-arm-leg shadow monsters, and giant pustules in the road. Cat heads, too. I can’t fully explain why you should pony up for this game, but just take it from someone whose favorite comic artist is Shintago Karo. There are some pretty trippy enemy designs here.
If you’re looking for a spooky good time for not that much cash you can get Yomawari: Night Alone on Steam now for £14.99/$19.99/19,99€.