I absolutely adore horror games! Through games, this genre has, in my opinion, grown to evolve in so many ways to induce fear, anxiety and dread, especially if it's taking inspiration from other countries and Folklore. So when Pavrek Games, the Polish indie development team, contacted me last month and let me know they had finished up and released a demo on PC for their latest release, Last Visit, I had to check it out. While it did take me a month to get to it, I was very impressed, surprised and eager to play more.
Last Visit is a first-person horror survival game with open-world mechanics set in a dark and creepy atmosphere. You play as Gabriel, a good boy who visits his grandma every year as well as her two brothers, the only minor issue being that the house itself is set in a forest pretty distant from any other town or village. As you progress into the forest and eventually the house, you find it abandoned filled with very strange written messages from all the family. Now, the only person around must solve the puzzle of their disappearance and find them hopefully alive.
The demo picks you into this story's introduction just before you go adventuring into the woods. With your only friend being a flashlight, you have to navigate to the house whilst cutting through the oppressive and creepy atmosphere. This game perfectly encapsulates the feeling and sounds of walking through a forest in the dead of night. The ambient sounds alone are enough to unsettle you, but with the only light being from a small flashlight, it's easy for your imagination to run wild. Once you get to the houses, the atmosphere becomes even more creepy when you see the area abandoned and furnished with some very unusual styles.
While I will not give away much more, as I recommend anyone who has even a passing interest in horror games to play this, the entire demo is designed exceptionally. The design of both the forest and the houses is exceptional, and the overall feeling of dread through these designs is fantastic. The story is provided in the way of notes left behind by your family. Upon reading, you realise things aren't quite what they feel. While I loved this game, I did have some issues with it, a minor glitch occurred and whilst navigating outside, I tend to find myself getting lost quickly as the Map function wasn't very useable in my opinion. Fortunately, after feeding this back directly, Pavrek Games confirmed they're already working on the interface and have stated they plan to include a compass for better navigation. We don't currently have a release date for Last Visit. However, it is hopefully due out this year, so be sure to get your horror senses tuned now by checking out the demo for Last Visit yourself on Steam!
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