Posts Tagged ‘Sylvio’

Quietly creepy ghost-recording sequel Sylvio 2 is out

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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 and blobs. The sequel [official site], which came out yesterday, ditches the shooting and adds video recordings alongside the audio tapes. I’ve had a quick look and listen.

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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 will pick up a movie camera. That sounds potentially a shame but I do trust Stroboskop will do something interesting with this equipment too. Here, watch the announcement trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

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

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2015’s Best Horror Game Returns: Sylvio Remastered

It's not all guns and shooting

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 effectively staring into the static, waiting for recognisable words to emerge. And when they do, they bring warnings, threats and tragedies.

We already knew a sequel was in the works but now news reaches us of a remastered version of the original game. That’ll be out May 2nd.

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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 the way that films like The Babadook and It Follows have been over in cinema-land. One of the diamonds in a rough genre.

Whatever the final numbers were, I’m glad that it has been enough of a success that a sequel is being planned. It’s live on Kickstarter now.

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The 25 Best Horror Games On PC

Below you will find the 25 best horror games ever released on PC. To ensure the list was as accurate as possible, the compiler was locked in a dark cellar with a copy of every game in existence and a computer capable of running them all. Two weeks later, the following article was found written on the walls in blood (the postscript was recorded on an audiolog). The writer was nowhere to be seen.

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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 the field can be played at various speeds, reversed and analysed. I’ve raved about the game at length and now there’s a demo available for you to try.

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Wot I Think: Sylvio

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 recently released indie ghost hunting scare ’em up Sylvio [official site] is an imaginative, unusual and frightening new horror game. Here’s wot I think.

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The Reel Ghostbuster: Spooky Recordings In Sylvio

*fzzk* *crackle* LEAVE *pop* *krrk* *skrwwwwp* Sarah darling did I leave the oven on?

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 game I imagined based on the first twenty seconds of this gameplay trailer. I really do fancy playing with that recorder though, uncovering ghostly messages by playing tapes slowly or, as 9 out of 10 satans recommend, in reverse.

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