My love for Matt Cohen’s indie horror game Paranormal is no secret. What’s most interesting about the game is how it can be scary and unpredictable after multiple playthroughs, thanks to its randomly generated scares. With the game’s first expansion, The Town, using the same system on a larger scale — it covers an entire town, rather than a house — I’m sure it’ll scare the pants off me when it releases (hopefully) later this year.
I recently had the chance to chat with Matt about his game, the future of the indie horror genre, and whether or not he believes in ghosts. Read on to see what he had to say.
Well, will you look at that. I have some horror news that isn’t related to E3. That sure is nice.
The Kickstarter campaign for Matthew Cohen’s indie horror game Paranormal: The Town ended earlier today after more than doubling its funding goal. That’s amazing news for indie horror fans, but it’s especially exciting seeing as I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time with the game — you can find my playthroughs here, here, and here. It’s still the scariest game I’ve played this year.
Matt Cohen has taken to Kickstarter in search of funds to help complete the development of the first expansion for his indie horror game, dubbed Paranormal: The Town. It takes the randomized horror out of the house and into a small town, which according to the feature list has been inspired by Silent Hill. “If you like Silent Hill, you should be excited-that’s where we’re taking some inspiration from.” You have my attention.
So far, The Town brings with it a high school, graveyard and bar, but they plan on announcing more areas on the game’s Kickstarter page. It’s only a few days into its two month-long campaign and it’s already received a little over one third of its modest $3,000 goal. If you’d like to learn more, I have a Kickstarter video waiting for you after the jump.
I haven’t had the chance to play Paranormal yet, even though I really want to. It’s trying for distribution on Steam Greenlight right now — you can support it here — and soon, the game will get its first expansion. As its name would imply, Paranormal is a first person horror game that puts you in a house that’s haunted by malicious spirits. Like, really haunted. Those ghosts and/or demons missed their Haunting Subtlety 101 course, because they will do anything to scare the ever living hell out of you. Like a deeply unsettling art mannequin bonfire in your living room. If that doesn’t chill you to your bones, you are a far braver person than I am.
The neat thing about this game is the scares are randomly generated, there are even multiple endings so it’s different every time you play. The expansion, dubbed The Town, follows this same rule, as it will bring an entire town that will be filled with randomly generated content. More after the break!