The Aberration Inside
Finding yourself drawn to an odd crater in the top of a mountain you feel as if a grand adventure awaits you filled with treasure and other worldly goodies. Instead, you find yourself very far away from anything that could be considered from this world and are trapped. While there are hidden items and puzzles to be solved this point-and-click game is also filled with horrors that will make your skin crawl. That's because the master of horror escapes, Psionic, is back with their new tale, The Abrerration Inside, that has more of a Lovecraftian feel to it as there are little jump scares and much more unnerving atmospheres. You start off with some very important items for your adventure and they can be accessed by the double arrows in the top right of the screen. These items will help you get around, discover hidden secrets, and will save your life, but only if you're fast enough. Clicking on the left or right side of the screen will allow you to explore the 3d environment and you can always move forward when your cursors changes. But be careful, because when you move as there are plenty of traps and beasts wanting to rend your flesh.
Yes, timing is very important in this game. Your lock picking skills and some puzzles rely on clicking at the right time and even when moving around a hallway with moving spikes you'll need to watch when and where you're stepping. Getting stuck by the spikes won't kill you, but will lower your score. You can gain back points by finding the hidden collectibles and moving as fast as possible as there is a clock counting how long it takes you to win. But one collectible isn't about points. Instead, it unlocks a different ending. You have to play the game at least twice to achieve this though. There are two different pathways to take and both will lead you to very different areas, but you can't go back between the two so be prepared to hit replay if you want to get the full story and an ending you'll be more happy with. While there are a few jumpscares the real horror of this game lies within the story you collect from the notes and getting the few other living people around and the ever looming atmosphere that is heavy with doom and gloom. Even the sound effects leave you unsettled so I recommend finding a dark corner to play in with a set of good quality headphones to really appreciate Psionic's tale of horror.