Midnight Spooks: The Thing in the Basement
I'm sure that you investigated a mystery or two when you were a kid. Perhaps that thing that went bump in the night was something as innocuous as a shadow cast across the room or a tree branch rapping against the window. So now as a grown-up, you naturally show no fear of these spooky, almost superstitious happenings. As employees in the Museum of the Weird, owned by none other than the aptly named Mr. Spooky himself, you begin to have your doubts about a deep secret that may be laying in wait underneath.
Supposedly, there is something that Mr. Spooky has hidden in his basement and, with Noah's curiosity having gotten the better of him and Mr. Spooky having left for the day, he is now deadest on finding exactly what it is. The other two employees still there at closing time express reservations about this plan, with one explaining that he's worked there for a year and doesn't want to get fired for causing trouble, and the other claiming that the thing in the basement is actually Mr. Spooky's brother, allegedly armed with sharp and dangerous weapons.
Noah is naturally skeptical of these assertions, claiming that it's all a bunch of nonsense and promising to go investigate himself, even offering to retrieve a lost item from down there. Despite the hesitation of the other employees, neither of them make a direct effort to physically stop him from going to investigate, so you are left to play as one of the employees, Jacob and find a way into the basement.
As you explore around the museum, you'll see plenty of sights that are half-weird, half...fake? There's a haunted skull that looks "more like a nightlight," a half-human, half-alligator allegedly found in a Florida swamp, and Vampire Killing kits for sale, along with many more interesting objects. You'll explore several rooms of the museum, looking for clues and hints to try and find something that may lead you into the basement, and then get further inside. The atmosphere leaves you with your sense curiously divided between dread and "no, it must all be a hoax!" But the only real way to settle it once and for all is for you to solve all the puzzles and send Noah trooping into the basement to find out.
Carmel Games puts together another horror style game in a similar style to their Trapped series, but full length and packed with more scenery instead of the one-room escape theme. You play using only mouse controls to navigate between rooms and to pick up items. Your inventory is displayed at the bottom of the screen, and you can use the items there on the environment or on each other to combine and help progress the story.
Good luck, and don't get too spooked!