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AˇLˇIˇEˇN: La aventura - Edición Especial, by Alpha Aventuras (Ricardo Pérez, Manuel Millán, Francisco J. Roldán, Manuel I. Monge, Antonio Matiola, Francisco Picazo)

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Freakin' terrifying, December 15, 2021
by Cryptic Puffin
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I mean it. I've played some horror games before, particularly suspenseful ones, but not one has come close to scaring the living daylights like ALIEN has. First off, I'd just like to say that I have not actually finished this game, partly because I'm not a fluent Spanish speaker so solving the more complex puzzles was a little beyond my language ability, but mostly because I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest and run off to watch a feel-good movie. That's how terrifying this game is. If you've seen the Alien movies, you'll know that the tension is based around the protagonist(s) being hunted by a merciless and lethal alien life-form in a confined, thoroughly claustrophobic setting. So picture that, except you're the protagonist, you don't have any plot armor, you don't know what you're doing, and your lantern's battery is running out. And, yes, the alien is hunting you. In real frigging time. Like that, plus extremely frightening sound effects, top-notch atmosphere, blood-chilling graphics, and, oh, yeah, the only way you can detect the alien is a motion sensor that tells you how close it is. Maybe now you understand why I couldn't keep playing... maybe when I'm feeling a little braver, I'll try again-- it's too good of a game to miss.

A hypertext night, by chintokkong

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A short, hair-raising story, December 4, 2021

I'm definitely a wimp when it comes to horror, but this game is, I think, terrifying by any standard. Though it might possibly have something to do with the fact that I played it while completely alone at 11 o'clock at night. Anyway, the basic premise of the game is that you're in bed, and you hear a strange noise. How you investigate it is up to you, but I can assure you that every mundane action you take becomes unbearably suspenseful (aided in no small part by really atmospheric text design), mirroring the sense of jumpy anticipation one feels when traversing their house in the dead of night. You're always expecting something terrifying to happen, and when it does, it's always in the subtlest, creepiest way it could be. So please do not be like me and play this game at night (or do, if you want to be really spooked. Just keep some lights on somewhere.)

In short, very well-written and designed horror game that uses all the right ways to scare the crap out of you without relying on cheap tricks or even any sound (not that I don't like it when games use sound, but it's impressive that this game managed to put me so on edge without it); the only drawback, I think, is that it is very short and I couldn't help but feel disappointed when I felt that I had exhausted the limited supply of options to explore-- that definitely deflated the scare factor for me, but I was still impressed overall.

Edit: When I wrote the review, I hadn't yet found a way to "win" (that is, survive the night). I found the ending somewhat anticlimactic, but it did fit in with minimalistic style of the game-- as well as making my overall impression of the game more satisfactory.

Baking with Lizzie, by Adri

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Short, Sweet, and Adorable, November 30, 2021

The plot of Baking with Lizzie is that you're a raccoon (Lizzie) and you want to bake some cookies for your friends before they arrive. It's a one-room game and the only objective is just to bake chocolate chip cookies, so I wouldn't recommend this game if you're looking for a challenge-- it's just meant to be easygoing, cute, and relaxing, and it definitely succeeds on all counts. Highly recommended if you're looking for a cute, chill game to play.

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