The God of Crawling Eyes
In Kasey Ozymy's freeware indie horror game The God of Crawling Eyes, you play Max, a young man who's only ever been able to see in black and white his entire life. The new medication he's recently starting on promises to allow him to see colour, but when the lights go out in class one day he might wish otherwise. Just use the [arrow] keys to move and hit [spacebar] to interact and talk with people. You can only save your game when prompted, unfortunately, and there are multiple ways to die. Luckily, the game will usually provide some pretty clear clues when something is a bad idea, especially if you exercise basic common sense. The biggest exception will likely be an annoying "chase" section towards the end that actually has a logical solution, but expects you to suddenly be able to intuit you can do something with the scenery you hadn't been able to before.
There are four different endings to uncover depending on your choices and actions, and completing the game also unlocks new areas to visit to help encourage replay value. The God of Crawling Eyes is one of those rare horror games that manages to do a lot with very little, and I'm not just talking about its striking visual style and menacing soundtrack. Through the use of great writing the story deftly paints in ominous foreshadowing, and manages to craft believable, likable characters in a short amount of time. It does horror without a lot of jump scares, which is rare these days.
Unfortunately, in a lot of ways the story seems like it needed a lot more setup in certain areas, since most endings are far too abrupt and unsatisfying in their resolution. It's intended to be short, sure, and it definitely has a great Twilight Zone feel to it, but the big reveal is sort of underwhelming. Max's colour blindness feels like it's only there for the visual design, when it felt like there was greater opportunity to weave it into the story, which in general had a lot more potential. But though it winds up being a little predictable, The God of Crawling Eyes is still a cleverly executed and well designed short horror story that makes for a perfect creepy break.
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