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Bedtime for most kids growing up is dreaded. It means stopping gaming or your favorite TV show, and trying to lay still in the dark when you'd rather be up and running around. But in this narrative the young eight year old you're playing as has much more reason to dread going to bed. There is something else in his room, just below him in the unoccupied bunk. Even though he is plagued by nightmares it is clear he'd much rather be sleeping than having to listen to that raspy breathing. It Moves is a free indie horror game based off a wonderful Creepypasta... which you shouldn't read until after you've played so you don't spoil the game! SnowOwl is not new to horror games, giving us Rust and Blood for one, and knows how to do justice to the original piece. The daily (nightly?) nightmares are where you are able to take control and explore the surreal mind of the young boy. There are a few puzzles to solve and mazes to be conquered but in the end this game is all about the story and the creepy atmosphere Snowowl masters.
It Moves promised to be able to be scary without the endless jump scares that are dominating the horror games recently, which are not necessarily a bad thing, (see Five Nights at Freddy's and Five Nights at Freddy's 2) or not, if you have a faint heart or weak bladder), but it is nice to see more variety in scare tactics. This does not mean that there isn't any in the game, but it is balanced out with the equally terrifying atmosphere. Playing this alone in the dark is probably going to keep you peeking behind your shoulder to make sure you really are by yourself. Heck, playing this game in the bright of day is still going to give you goosebumps. The game contains the full Creepypasta in its text, so there is no need to have to read the tale first. The only difference SnowOwl adds in is the dreams you must transverse and all they do is skillfully add another layer of terror to the game. There is no real 'winning' or 'losing' in It Moves, but that's not the point. The point is fabulous storytelling and It Moves really delivers.
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