October 18th, 2013 | By Alex Wilkinson
The Asylum Jam has given many talented developers a chance to develop some truly horrifying games with some very interesting ideas and mechanics behind them.
Today’s game is The Unknown from David Rico and has you aimlessly moving through this procedurally generated Gothic dungeon trying to escape your inevitable fate.
The Unknown is a very impressive game, especially after being created in just 48 hours as the graphics and sound design are spot on, not to mention the procedural generation allows for several playthroughs of an ever-changing game.
What really stands out in The Unknown is the sound design. It is eerie and truly horrifying hitting all the right notes and sending shivers down your spin throughout the game.
My main complain is how baron the game feels as most of the game has you walking down long passageways with very little in them only to come across a handful of different rooms. Of course being a jam game you can’t have everything and with such detail in other areas it’s understandable the game will lack in some areas.
Average play time – 10 minutes
Overall The Unknown is a creepy and deeply eerie game and that is reason enough to love it in this month of horror. Although after a couple of playthroughs I found the horror to be lost on me and the levels a little empty, however this is a solid starting point and one I could easily see expanded upon.
If you would like to run around this labyrinth you can play it online for free, also you can download it if you have a slower computer.
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