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Sylvio

Sylvio review

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11 months ago

Feature: Is #1 A Jump Scare?

The 25 Best Horror Games On PC

To compile a list of the 25 best horror games on PC is to look into the void for so long that the void not only starts to look back, but shakes you by the hand and takes you out for coffee. It is to fight with monsters until you become a monster and then go on a European railtrip with the other monsters, and…

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12 months ago

Quietly creepy ghost-recording sequel Sylvio 2 is out

Sylvio is one of my favourite recent horror games. I described it as an "anti-screamer" because it'll unnerve you with a whisper rather than startling you with a jumpscare. Most of the creepiness comes from listening to recordings of ghosts, playing tracks at various speeds and/or reversing them to hear the voices in the static. It also had bits where you shot giant shadowy figures…

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1 year ago

Sylvio 2 grabs a camera for more spooking in autumn

In an age when most horror games and movies are seen through the grainy lens of the protagonist's camcorder, we were delighted by 2015's Sylvio instead picking up a reel-to-reel sound recorder. Wandering around an abandoned park to record strange noises and reveal ghostly messages by manipulating the tapes was a novel treat. Now developers Stroboskop have announced Sylvio 2 [official site] and... yes, it…

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2 years ago

Spookier Spooking: Sylvio Remastered Released

Sylvio [official site], the game our Adam has declared his favourite horror game of 2015, is now fancier thanks to its 'Remastered' version. It launched as a free update on Monday, and Sylvio's on sale to celebrate this. There's never been a better time to explore an abandoned park where something terrible happened, recording messages from beyond the grave on your ghost-busting microphone and uncovering…

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2015’s Best Horror Game Returns: Sylvio Remastered

I love Sylvio [official site]. It's a psychological horror game about exploring a sprawling abandoned park, searching for EVP recordings, and it scared me so much that I couldn't play it at night with my headphones on. Manipulating audio files - here presented as tapes that you can play backwards and forwards at various speeds - focuses your attention on every scratch and pop. You're…

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3 years ago

Multimedia Nightmares: Sylvio 2 Kickstarter

Sylvio [official site] is my favourite horror game of 2015. The story of a young ghost-hunter who travels through an abandoned park collecting EVP recordings, it's creepy, unusual, and entirely devoid of jumpscares and gore. Sylvio relies on great audio design and a weirdly vague and unnerving story to make a home under your skin. It deserved to be a word of mouth success in…

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GhostBuskers: Audio Horror Game Sylvio Has a Demo

Sylvio [official site] is my favourite horror game of 2015. It's a quiet game, set in an abandoned park where the sky runs red, and you'll spend the majority of the playing time straining to hear voices in the static. Sylvio, you see, is a game about electric voice phenomena and its central scares are based around a tape deck, on which recordings made in…

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Sylvio review

Horror fans are poorly served and many, myself included, are gluttons for punishment. I try so many Slender-likes hoping to find a creepy idea or one good scare. It's the same in film as in games – I soak up exorcisms and found footage hoping to be spooked or unnerved, and usually walk away disappointed or disgusted. It makes me very happy to say that…

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4 years ago

The Reel Ghostbuster: Spooky Recordings In Sylvio

I would very much like to play a video game where I'm a paranormal investigator sneaking around haunted places, trying to record messages from the dead on my trusty reel-to-reel recorder. Sylvio has that. But, oh and it's a big but, it also has a wacky aerosol-powered shotgun loaded with ammunition from rusty old bolts to potatoes to blast ghosts. That is somewhat outside the…

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