2. All of Our Friends Are Dead & Au Sable
The finest 8bit horror money can’t buy. Apparently based off the developer’s nightmares, what this fright fest lacks in storyline and original gameplay is more than made up for in atmosphere. You play a white figure racing through hellish terrain and fighting off monsters with a machine gun, which is pretty much as cool as it gets. You develop a six pack just reading that sentence, it’s so manly.
In “All of Our Friends are Dead,” no real plot is established, just lines of poetry and lots of dead people that look like faucets. Yet through jittery electric ambience and a haunting sense of fate to come, this horror game can still make plenty of impact.
In “Au Sable,” the well-awaited sequel, we get a story: a mysterious woman searches for the lost town of Harmonia in a dark forest, followed by the “eyes of memory.” What happens then on, however, is a nightmarish enigma. Both games feature a number of freaky bosses and are definitely in that interpretive side of the horror spectrum.
- Watch Kite’s playthough of All of Our Friends are Dead
- Watch Ortoslon’s playthough of Au Sable
- Read James Murff’s review for All of Our Friends are Dead and Au Sable
- Play Don’t Look Back, a game with similar atmosphere by Distractionware