Posts Tagged ‘Phantasmal’

Procedural Kowloon Horror Game Phantasmal Released

A first-person sneaky horror game set inside a procedurally-generated version of Hong Kong’s labyrinthine, lawless (and now-demolished) Kowloon Walled City? Yeah, g’wan!

I skipped Phantasmal [official site] while it was on Steam Early Access because I wanted my first impressions of its dark, winding, unknowable corridors and alleyways to be the real deal. Now it is. Developers Eyemobi today released Phantasmal for real, and… now I’m a bit too scared to enter.

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Procedural Kowloon: Phantasmal On Steam Early Access

Do you know about Kowloon Walled City? It was a small but densely-populated hunk of unregulated city in Hong Kong, known for drugs, Triads, and unlicensed doctors and dentists, but also home to 33,000 people a few years before it was demolished in 1993. It looked straight out a cyberpunk flick, with building upon building crammed in close and veined with mazes of corridors. Which makes it an interesting setting for procedurally-generated sneak-o-shoot-a-horror.

Last time we saw Phantasmal [official site], it was set in a ghost house. Now it’s out on Steam Early Access, ooh look it’s switched to Kowloon.

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Roguelikelike Horror FPS Phantasmal Haunting Kickstarter

Hey, leave that alone! It's not harming anyone.

I can only write boo! so many times before it stops making you convulse in terror. I’ve probably exhausted that. But what if I were to say wooOoOOo! or the sound of a dracula laughing? Why, look at you: you’re shivering and shrieking all over again! Unpredictability can help sell scares, see, which is why frightful FPS Phantasmal‘s spooky mansion is made of procedurally-generated levels, different every life. It’s aiming at Lovecraft-tinged survival horror with few guns, breakable melee weapons, limited supplies, a need to sneak in shadows, and plenty of growing dread. And Kickstarter money. It’s after Kickstarter money.

Procedural generation + horror sounds like a fine fit for livestreaming and YouTubing too.

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