The Nintendo Switch is a good system for the sheer truth you could play video video games in mattress proper earlier than falling asleep. Rocket League, Worms Rumble, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2… these are all nice video games to play earlier than drifting off to dreamland.
The similar can’t be mentioned for Shadow Corridor, which can make its approach to Switch subsequent week and will actually solely be performed proper earlier than mattress should you’re ready to carry the evil and monsters from the game into your nightmares. And that’s completely a praise.
Shadow Corridor was initially developed by KazukiShiroma, with Regista dealing with improvement and NIS America publishing the port to Nintendo Switch. It’s a survival horror title that attracts its inspiration from Japanese locales and folklore, that includes evil spirits pushed by haunted Noh masks.
The game is extraordinarily efficient in its presentation of horror. Shadow Corridor does away with conventional horror style tropes and generates its concern from anxious anticipation and dread. There is not any actual music to talk of as you discover the darkish corridors armed solely with a lighter and different numerous non-lethal objects. The total audio design is that of lifeless silence – solely the sound of your individual footsteps might be heard. That is, till an evil spirit manages to search out you. Then, it’s a matter of life and dying as intense music overwhelms the state of affairs and also you’re compelled to run and conceal from no matter is chasing you. I’ll be trustworthy, although. I have a tendency to turn into a deer within the headlights in these conditions and simply cower in concern as no matter evil entity consumes me solely. Thank goodness for checkpoints.
Jump scares do exist in Shadow Corridor, however they’re executed effectively and it by no means feels just like the game depends too closely on them. They begin off harmless sufficient, whether or not you’re getting caught by the proprietor of the home that you simply’re trespassing on, or the meow of a cat that appears to be main you in your journey. However, they ultimately turn into much more unsettling when you’re trapped throughout the partitions of the temple that you simply’re exploring.
And you’ll definitely be exploring. Quite a bit. Each map is randomly generated, which can hold you in your toes should you resolve to replay any components of the game. You’ll by no means come throughout the identical structure of hallway mazes as you seek for keys to unlock doorways in an try to flee. What’s additionally nice is the actual fact that there’s a timer for every stage, making it an effective way for speedrunners to rejoice the spooky season.
While enjoying, I couldn’t assist however be reminded of a pair different titles that share the game’s sense of dread-based concern. Sagebrush – one other title that I checked out on Switch – had the identical kind of lonely exploration mechanic with a terrifyingly quiet audio design. Similarly, the demo for Ikai is sort of the identical game as Shadow Corridor, albeit set within the precise feudal period. It’s the refined feeling of dread that makes these video games so wildly efficient in creating concern.
When I’m enjoying Shadow Corridor, I can’t assist however get random chills whereas strolling down each one among its dimly lit hallways. Even the open out of doors areas handle to provide off unsettlingly claustrophobic vibes. I do assume the game might be greatest skilled on PC, however should you’re on the go or a glutton for punishment and really feel like enjoying within the consolation and security of your individual mattress, Shadow Corridor on Switch will offer you an awesome survival horror expertise. Just don’t blame me when you’ve nightmares.
A Switch model of the game was offered to TheGamer for this overview. Shadow Corridor will probably be accessible on Nintendo Switch on October 26, and is presently accessible on PC by way of Steam.
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