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Spookier Spooking: Sylvio Remastered Released

The spooky gets spookier

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 them by manipulating tape reels. Annnd yep, thinking about ghost tapes just made me install it.

Here's Wot Adam Thought of Sylvio's original release:

"I almost walked away during the opening moments, when Sylvio seems like yet another cobbled together mess of repetitive graphical assets. I figured I'd play until the first jump scare and then quit. Instead, I found a game that uses its limited resources to find clever ways to scare the life out of me. It’s a quiet horror game – an anti-screamer, right down to the calm almost-whispers of the protagonist – and it's a triumph."

Now it's fancier. Sylvio Remastered is rebuilt in Unity 5, a newer version of the engine, and now boasts improved graphics, full controller support, a new UI, and some gameplay tweaks.

After this, and a short break, creator Niklas Swanberg says he'll get back to Sylvio 2. Last year's Kickstarter for it fell through, but he's continuing to make it with a little Patreon support on the side.

If you fancy a crack at Sylvio, a 50% discount brings it down to £4.99/6,49€/$6.49 on Steam until Monday. The DRM-free version on the Humble Store is still its usual price.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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