Red Book: Discordia Tales
Alice seems aptly named for a blonde little girl who finds herself in a strange wonderland. Except there is a lot less wonder and a lot more terror. But our brave little heroine is a lot more confident as she strives to find a way out of this horror story. Red Book: Discordia Tales, a remake of a game made three years ago, is a free indie game that has you solving puzzles and on your toes as everything here seems ready to kill Alice. Inspired by The Witch's House and Grimms' fairy tales, you can bet there are going to be a lot of jump scares, deaths, and gore for all those daring enough to open this book. The [arrow] keys are your source of movement, [Z] is interact, [X] is to cancel, and your inventory is found with [ESC]. Oh and [shift] is dash, which you'll soon find a very useful button to press if you wish to make it out alive.
Red Book: Discordia Tales has a slightly different way of using items. You must select them in your inventory and then press [Z] again where you stand to try to use it with the object in front of you. If they don't work together, then nothing happens. But this system doesn't take long to get used to. Sadly, though, there are a few puzzles where trying random things on random objects is needed. Don't be too put off by this as there are other puzzles with clever little hints around, usually highlighted with orange text. As you go about trying to solve these puzzles, the ambiance is sure to have you on edge. If there is one thing done really well in this game, it's having you on your toes with the sudden noises and jumps this game is filled with. You'll never be quite sure you are safe until the game ends. Which it does probably before it should have. Red Book: Discordia Tales had a great chance to tell a chilling story, but instead of getting handed pieces of it as you go along, it's kind of dropped before you at the end. It doesn't ruin the game but it kind of is a let down to the potential it had. That being said it is more of a game than just a jump scare factory. There are some things to be learned about your character as you go along that aren't necessarily shown in the texts. So if you can have patience with a few hintless puzzles you'll be sure to enjoy all the chills and adrenaline rushes Red Book: Discordia Tales has to offer.
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