This one is partially free. The base game, Don’t Starve, is $15 on Steam. The Screecher is a free update released this past Halloween that shares some obvious similarities to the myriad Slender Man games we saw last year. It doesn’t take long to beat, but if you already own the game and are looking for a reason to return to it, this little expansion offers a few solid scares.
As you can see in my sad playthrough above, I didn’t have much luck actually progressing through Maere. It’s a trippy game that plays with your head, and honestly, I still have no idea what it’s about. What I do know is it freaked me out more than once, the sound design is incredible, and if you don’t get easily motion sick, this is a horror game worth experiencing.
Oh, and if you do decide to play it, let me know if you get farther than I did. It shouldn’t be too difficult, and I’d very much like to know what’s going on in it.
For the most part, this is a list of games I played during our 13 Days of Horror series last October. Curse of the Aztecs is the only exception to that. If you’re fond of ritualistic sacrifice — studying it, not performing it — ancient Aztec culture, and Indiana Jones, then this is worth checking out. It’s an eerie survival horror game that made me wonder why there aren’t more horror games out there that take advantage of the wealth of terror that can be found in ancient Aztec or Mayan cultures.
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