Ain't no party like a Corpse Party, 'cause a Corpse Party don't stop 'til everyone is dead or driven insane by vengeful demonic spirits! Originally released in Japanese by Makoto Kedouin and later re-released as a completely remastered commercial title, the free version of this dark and fraught-with-freakiness horror adventure has been remade and re-released by an anonymous message board member and now finally translated into English by Memories of Fear. In Corpse Party Rebuilt, a group of students who stays after school to help with preparations for a festival wind up attracting the attention of a malevolent forces bound up in urban legend. Proving, of course, that no good deed goes unpunished. Trapped in a twisted nightmare version of their school where the rules of survival seem to change without warning, will they get to the bottom of the mystery and make it out alive? Please be warned that this game alludes to an implied incident that may upset some readers.
Move with the [arrow] keys and interact with the [spacebar] (hold the [spacebar] while walking to move faster). You can save and load your game at any time by opening the menu with [ESC], and since, uh, stuff can happen, you may want to save in multiple slots. Stuff like drowning in blood or being set on fire or choosing a really bad time to have an argument about feelings when trapped for all eternity. You'll notice your characters have hitpoints, and that's not just for show. Things can happen to hurt them (though you do have a few opportunities to heal) so you'll want to keep an eye on those numbers. Early in the game, your students will split up into two groups. You can only control one at a time, but you'll often have to work together to solve puzzles, or even save each other's hides. The game has several different endings depending on who survives and the choices you make. Choices like not drowning in blood or not being lit on fire by a mannequin.
Corpse Party Rebuilt is sort of bananas, the insane hybrid of what feels like the overactive and dramatic imagination of a kid telling a scary story and every bloody trope from a straight-to-VHS horror movie in the '80s. And largely this is a good thing. It's campy, cheesy, and full of surreal and bizarre circumstances that can often prove fatal, so saving frequently and in different slots is a good idea. The problem is that the game often feels like it's operating on its own logic (crazy), and that (crazy!) logic typically comes down to trying everything until something happens. Whenever you make some progress or trigger an event that allows you to go somewhere you couldn't previously, there is rarely even a hint of where you should go next, so you'll often wind up swapping back and forth between parties and going back over everything else to see what's changed. More creepy and gory than actually scary (though there are a few loud noises some might consider jump scares), Corpse Party Rebuilt may be a little silly, but it's also a lot of fun, with a climactic final battle to boot. A perfect blood-soaked homage to urban legends everywhere, it's just the ticket for a few hours of crazy carnage and spooks.
Note: You must install the free RPG Tkool XP Runtime Package in order to play Corpse Party Rebuilt.
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