Fear is a deeply personal thing. Some people are afraid of spiders. Others are scared of clowns. Some of us wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, thinking about what would happen if somebody decided to buy the rights to the words “immersive” and “visceral” so that no-one else could use them anymore. (What do you mean, that’s too specific? You’re too specific.)
Fortunately, Dreams being Dreams, there’s something in the Dreamiverse for every kind of horror fan. But where should you start? We asked the Dreams coMmunity - including some developers at Mm - to tell us which creations they personally find the most horrifying. It turns out that whether you want to be chased through an underwater facility by killer machines, listen to a song so haunted that it starts playing tricks on your mind, or gaze into the horribly hyper-realistic face of a cherished cartoon character, Dreams creators have you covered.
Actually, we changed our minds about our biggest fear. You lot are terrifying.
The Twilight Shift#
“While it lacks the threat of death common in many horror games, the story is haunting. It’s about a father who became obsessed with work, lost his wife to a car crash, and neglected his daughter due to his grief and guilt. A predator noticed that the daughter was often home alone and stole her. After this, your character loses touch with reality. The story isn’t told directly - only through clues.”
"It has a series of left turns down this strikingly colored hallway; halfway through, something is watching you from around the corner, slipping out of sight as you grow near. Gave me chills.”
Team Pig Detective says:
“While all of Wargarble's work is to some extent scary due to its haunting imagery, VR makes it completely unsettling. At least his on-rails shooter, Whiplash, gives you a chance of confronting the monsters and destroying them… if you can keep your eyes open long enough to do it.”
“For me, the scariest creation will always be Spookeogh's Monster, a song by RAKeogh that was made for Ally's Halloween Jam last year. Not only is it a super-scary melody, it also has some spooky surprises in store. Especially when you listen to it for the first time, you are in for a treat… or a trick."
“For pure jump scare factor, it has to be The Invocation. You look up at the ceiling using night vision and then…. BLAM! It got me, and I’ve watched it scare a dozen streamers since then.
Unnecessarily Realistic Connie#
Mm's Charlotte Woolley says:
“No one asked for Connie to come into the real world - and for good reason. This is the fuel of nightmares. Imagine what Cuthbert must look like!”
Pressure (Chapter One)#
“You don't know how you’ve ended up in an underwater basement. Deadly robots are inside, as well as great sound design. That's for sure the latest scariest game in Dreams.”
YUREI: The Sacred Bells#
Mm's Chloe Mills says:
“Encountering subtle yet twisted Japanese horror in virtual reality is an unsettling experience. Ghosts accompanied by sinister music and sound effects constantly shift their angle of attack, leaving you with only 3D audio to gauge their position, while waiting until they get close to deal maximum damage. I’ve taken off my VR headset to escape the horror multiple times, but this amazing game - inspired by horror games introduced in the sixth generation - is thoroughly recommended.”
“I’d like to introduce you to the creepy character ‘Lethargy’, by Malifikyse. In an eerily beautiful and depressing way, Malifikyse holds up a mirror to us, because the media turns us into disinterested social-media-zombies. What could be more scary?!”
Left To Rot#
“I still think that Denjo92's Left to Rot is really great. It has so much atmosphere, and offers a lot more gameplay-wise that increases the tension when compared to the 'walk through it' experiences. It has been polished up much more after the initial release.”
Disappearance at Birch Hollow#
Mm's Jacob Heayes says:
“The scariest horror stories enchant the imagination into populating shadowy corners with creatures, and fill unwritten spaces with our worst fears. Mandelbo’s Disappearance at Birch Hollow is easily one of Dreams’ most terrifying tales. Gorgeously presented in the sepia tones of early cinema, you must journey through haunting woodland, recovering from a carriage accident. Bolstered by eerie (Impy-nominated!) sound design, the experience may be brisk but its nerve-shattering conclusion will stay with you through the darkness.”
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