Imscared – A Pixelated Nightmare

Imscared: A Pixelated Nightmare (2012)

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Imscared is a free indie horror game created by Italian Ivan Zanotti. The game graphics are pixellated and with a creepy atmosphere and a game that will play tricks with you like so few other horror games out there, Imscared is a feeling most will share once you start experiencing the Pixelated Nightmare.

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Official Site – http://mymadnessworks.altervista.org/blog/

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Imscared – A Pixelated Nightmare Review

Horror games are about putting your mind into a state where the dangers and sounds that fill their worlds feel so real and for a split second, the barrier between reality and virtual are broken as you leap, jump or scream and curl up in a ball with fear. Imscared is a pixel horror indie game created and developed by the Italian, Ivan Zanotti where you awaken in a room and you must escape a pursuer as the begin to doubt the game world and your very self as you dive deeper into the world.

Imscared 01

The controls are simple enough and you’ll have to crouch to recover items, such as keys, which I wish were more obviously noticeable for I spent minutes stuck at one point only to realise I had passed by the item dozens of times. This is one of the features of the game, there is no story behind it all, no reasons it seems for your actions and no instructions on how to progress. You’re simply put into the game and it is up to you to figure out how to progress but thankfully the game never leaves you feeling too lost which is a praise.

Now how can I best describe Imscared. Simply there your moving from one area to the next along the way finding the items that will allow you to do so. The design of the environments at times really suck you in, for instance the intestine rooms and how one area will change from darkness to light as you progress and the bleeding walls, which due to a good decision on the field of view being short, you’re basically heading towards the darkness and I think the developer did a good job of making this graphic design work well in a horror setting.

Imscared 02

There are times when certain areas feel a little too bland. I think the game works well for it isn’t set in only one location, instead there are many different locations and rooms, each different from the next and diverse which make it feel like your actually progressing somewhere unlike some other indie horror games taking place inside an abandoned – (add location here).

The audio unfortunately is not as strong as it could be and takes you away from the horror experience. I understand that the game is more psychological horror but with a few ambient sounds or music cues, the game could have been taken onto a whole other level instead most of the time the only sounds are the same footsteps. Imscared sadly comes short in this area where audio, especially in a horror, is so important.

Certain areas in Imscared are unnerving.

Certain areas in Imscared are unnerving.

Now to get to why Imscared is such a different experience and how the psychological aspect comes into work.

After believing I had finished the game with the message ‘The End’ before me, after a few seconds,I went ahead and closed the window but before I could choose the tab on Chrome, another one had opened in its place. One with a picture of the pursuer, looking back at me. Surely I didn’t open this did I? Then all of a sudden, ringing through my headphones was that evil malicious laugh. I almost fell out my seat as that sneaky bugger was somehow still haunting me. That’s when two messages appeared inside the folder where the game is.

One with an image. Another with a note, stating how it isn’t over yet. There are several other instances as this one and to tell you anymore would be ruining one of the best aspects of Imscared.

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P&Cs

P – Interesting graphic design, truly plays with your mind in and outside the game, fun for a not to short or long experience.

C – Items hard to spot, some furniture to close to each other, confusing at moments.

Lupo Meter

Fear – More than making you jump, Imscared is about doing its best to mess with your mind.

Sound – Sound effects work though I wonder if any ambient music or sounds would have added more fear.

Horror – More psychological than anything, don’t expect much story besides

World – The game plays with your mind both in and out the game, as well as the pixellated aspect having a fear factor of its own.

Final Words

Imscared: A Pixelated Nightmare is a horror game that will unnerve you and put you on edge, everything unfolds well so our pursuer isn’t revealed to soon, the graphic design succeeds and the game’s great use of playing with your mind. Imscared a good game to play for a while though horror fans looking for scares and constant tension and fear should look for other games.

Pesadelo O Inicio Walkthrough

Welcome to the official Lupo guide for Pesadelo O Inicio. There are many ways to go around in completing each stage so this is one route to take to complete the game. Enjoy!

Pesadelo O Inicio WT 01

(Opening the Administrator Room will unleash the monster to pursue you. This guide takes the longer path to reach this moment so depending on how prepared you are to face it, think when you’ll want to open the door.)

You start the game on one side of this abandoned tube station. Now you won’t be able to sprint yet, so make your way to the left to the Generator room. You’ll notice that there is a missing Valve which you’ll need to progress.

Missing Valve Pesadelo

For now, grab the Torch, the 1st Mini Key on the seat and the Inventory Case beside it. You’ll also be able to sprint now. Now open the door to the janitors storage room and pick up the Save Paper.

Save Paper

Save Paper

 

These papers essentially save your progress during your playthrough though they are limited in number and can only be used once. You can’t use these yet though so it’s time to leave this room.

Now go to towards the tracks and towards the purple light to retrieve the Administrator Key.

Administrator Room Key

Administrator Room Key

Now turn back and enter the electronics room with the door open. Go inside and recover the 2nd Mini Key.

2nd Mini Key

2nd Mini Key

Only now the door is shut tight so what to do? Easy, collect the Matches.

Matches

Matches

Then grab one of the little bombs and using your inventory select it and place it into the door, then select your matches to light it up and bang, the door is open once again.

Light It Up Pesadelo

Now to clear up the toilets  as much as you can before unleashing the beast into the tube station. The toilets one side of the tracks have their doors locked for the moment, yet there is a Screwdriver you can collect at the end of the corridor outside of them.

Screwdriver

Screwdriver

Now go to the toilets which are open to retrieve the 3rd Mini Key.

3rd Mini Key

3rd Mini Key

Now head to the Administrator room. Before heading in, you’ll see a door in front of you, which contains the Locked Case and Clipboard. Using the Save Paper with the Clipboard saves your progress up until that moment so only use the save game if you’re sure about it or if you’ve got so far into the game you don’t want to risk starting over.

Saving Pesadelo

Now open the Administrator room to retrieve the missing Valve and the Storage Room Key, as well as the valve order that needs to be taken to start it up. Be warned now though for you’ve unleashed the creature.

Valve on shelf, key on table and sequence is on the piece of paper above.

Valve on shelf, key on table and sequence is on the piece of paper above.

Now head back to the Generator room and place the valve. Now if you look to your right you’ll see the four colours in the order that each valve needs to be turned. If not, remember the number order given to you before or the image below.

1st Valve Yellow 04 2nd Valve Red 02 3rd Valve Green 01 4th Valve Blue 03

1st Valve Yellow 04
2nd Valve Red 02
3rd Valve Green 01
4th Valve Blue 03

 

Now that you’ve activated the Generator be warned. Soon enough a counter will start ticking down from 7:00 as the Generator is starting to overheat. Just keep a cool head during this stage. Now head to the other side of the tracks to the door at the opposite far end which you can now open thanks to the Screwdriver and Storage Room Key.

Storage Pesadelo

Once inside, pick up the Panel and the Lightbulb.

Panel On The Table, Lamp On The Shelf

Panel On The Table, Lamp On The Shelf

Now remember the room with the missing lightbulb? If you don’t, head to the toilets you can enter to place the lightbulb into the socket and voila, you now have the code for the panel.

Code 2331

Code 2331

Leave the toilets and head towards one of the doors with an empty panel case beside it. Place the panel in and type the code given to you to enter the room.

Pesadelo Code 2331 Panel

Once inside you’ll find the Toilet Keys.

Now open the locked toilets to recover the 4th Mini Key.

4th Mini Key Pesadelo O Inicio

4th Mini Key

Now that you’ve got all Mini Keys, run back to the room where clipboard and Locked Case where and open the Locked Case to retrieve the Master Key.

Master Key

Master Key

Now it’s a matter of opening the main doors to escape this station and head down this corridor but great it’s blocked off, so take a right through the earth.

End 1st Pesadelo O Inicio End 1st Pesadelo O Inicio B

You’ve escaped the Tube Station and survived the first part of this nightmare, but the worst is yet to come….

End 1st Pesadelo O Inicio C

 

 

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Loira

Pesadelo O Inicio

Pesadelo O Inicio (2012)

“I could not sleep, I was thinking about work the next day, after all the stories i heard about that place, about the evil creatures, death, and missing people. I can ‘t stop thinking about how this place really like, if there is any truth to all those stories? … “

Pesadelo Cover

Pesadelo O Inicio (Nightmare: The Beginning) is a title released from Brazil from Skyjaz games. The character after a night of hearing horror stories at the workplace, awakens (or enters a nightmare, who knows?) where the stories come to life and you must find a way to escape this nightmare, pursued by creatures who won’t stop until they capture you.

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Review

Walkthrough

Pesadelo (The Tube Station)

– Loira (Office Space)

Latest News

– Announced by Skyjaz games in 30 days Pesadelo O Inicio has been downloaded 77 thousand downloads, after Pesadelo Beta was downloaded 100k times in 90 days.

Official Site – http://skyjaz.com/pesadelo/