Julkaistu 7. helmikuu.
I only discovered Scratches due to the recent release of Serena, which is a fantastic little game with a lot of charm. Of course, the community recommended anyone who enjoyed it to play Scratches, and I am so glad I did.
Personally, I adore story-driven gameplay and have a weakness for horror themes in any media. I also enjoy point-and-click adventure games, so immediately this fit me well. There's not so much in the way of gore, and not many jump scares, but the atmospheric build up throughout your time in-game means that the few outright "scary" parts are pulled off with a finesse I have not experienced before. One particular part had me shaking and needing to take a break straight away; You become so used to the game just "feeling creepy" that when it does try to scare you, it catches you completely off guard.
Mechanically it could be better - the cursor speed was far too high for me at first (even with it on its slowest setting) but that was overcome with time as I became accustomed to it. Sometimes the things you need to interact with have odd hotspots, and I did notice a typo in a letter early in the game.
Where gameplay is concerned, it is on the whole very tedious, but in a fun, challenging way. Occasionally there are points where the solution seems baffling and extremely unintuitive though, and it can be very frustrating as you'll find it's almost always something you missed that was far too small, or something that didn't highlight as being interactive because your cursor wasn't quite in the right place.
Overall however, Scratches is definitely worth playing if you enjoy the genre and have a bit of patience. It's slow, and can be somewhat irritating at times, but the general feel of the game is superbly tense and highly rewarding for any horror fan.
Waiting for Asylum with bated breath!