Halloween is on the way, with all the creepiness and spookiness you’d come to expect. Naturally, you might be wanting to play a nice horror game to get you in the mood. While the Wii U isn’t just overflowing with titles from the genre, a few indie developers have picked up the slack, and there are several spooky, atmospheric games that would fit right in with your Halloween experience.
Master Reboot – eShop price: $14.99
“Imagine a world where death is no longer final, where precious memories are saved to enjoy forever, where your soul is immortal, welcome to the Soul Cloud. Upload your soul to our dedicated servers and relax knowing that a part of you will live on for eternity. That favorite holiday, happy moments from your childhood, meeting that special someone for the first time. All these memories saved for your digital soul for your family to revisit again and again. The Soul Cloud – saving your past to secure your future. Master Reboot is a haunting first person sci-fi adventure horror game set inside the Soul Cloud. It’s an exploration game with action and puzzle elements set across 34 unique environments. The game features a distinctive visual style, intriguing story-line, psychological adventure-game action and a dynamic atmospheric soundtrack. Get prepared for upload……Where am I?…..Who am I?……It’s time to piece your life……and death back together.”
“Master Reboot is a very solid game and a great addition to the Wii U eShop. With gorgeous graphics, smooth frame rate, and good scares horror fans will be sure to enjoy the game. A few weak levels and lack of Wii U specific features hold the game back a little bit, but the good far outweighs the bad in this game. Fans of horror and puzzle games, pick this one up.” – Shawn Long
Whispering Willows – eShop Price: $9.99
“In Whispering Willows, you take on the role of Elena, a determined young girl with the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body. In her spectral form, Elena can interact with the benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths that used to dwell within the walls of the sinister Willows Mansion – lost souls, stuck in time and space, who hold the secrets that Elena will need to traverse the terrifying old manor. Players need to make use of Elena’s corporeal and ethereal forms to overcome obstacles, solve the riddles of the mansion’s enigmatic specters, and find Elena’s lost father.”
“Visually the game is lovely. The art style is extremely pretty, leading to some gorgeous environments and great animation, though the fact that much of the game is spent in drab indoor environments isn’t great. The music is pretty minimal, serving more to enhance the atmosphere than anything else. It really is that atmosphere that clicks, though. You’ll really feel the somber eeriness that the game radiates, and you’ll enjoy every second of it.” – Jonathan Harrington
The Fall – eShop Price: $9.99
“Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence onboard a high-tech combat suit. ARID’s program activates after crashing on an unknown planet. The human pilot within the combat suit is unconscious, and it is ARID’s duty to protect him at all costs! As she progresses into her twisted and hostile surroundings, events transpire that will cause her to rethink her rules, regulations, and her very self-image.”
“Overall, The Fall was very enjoyable. For the $10 asking price, you receive a great story and solid game play in a four-hour episode.” – Shawn Long
Year Walk – eShop Price: $6.99
“Grim tales, horrifying creatures and cryptic enigmas await in the dark woods of 19th century Sweden.
Lose yourself in an ancient rite which bleeds from the TV screen into our world through the Wii U GamePad. Set out on a vision quest to foresee the future and use the screen in your hands to study a mysterious folklore encyclopedia, decipher hints and take notes. Solve tactile puzzles using motion controls, and listen for clues through the GamePad.”
“The graphical style of Year Walk is very interesting and for the most part, rather well done. It’s a hybrid of 2D graphics on a 3D plane, and the presentation feels a bit like a well done comic book style. The drawings and details in the environment help bring a feeling of desolation and general despair which fits in the theme of the game. Couple that with well done sound effects and the general aesthetics and atmosphere of the game are very well done.” – Shawn Long
Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut – eShop price: $12.99
“In this psychological survival adventure, the masked protagonist must escape from a city ravaged by disease, by any means necessary. Starving and exhausted, he has begun to question how much of what he sees is even real.
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is a new kind of adventure where the choice of how to survive is up to you. Sneak through without firing a single shot, or kill everything in your path. Eat and sleep well, or resort to drugs to keep going. Search for survivors, or try to escape the city alone. Look after your mental health, or descend into madness. Lone Survivor is a game where your choices genuinely matter.”
“In the end, Lone Survivor is pretty brilliant. It’s not easy to make a successful horror experience within the confines of a 2D plane and a retro art style, but it’s pulled off here, with great art direction and animation, fantastic music and sound, tense exploration, nerve-wracking combat/stealth, a successfully unsettling story and solid writing, and an all-around phenomenal atmosphere. It even has plenty of extra things to do for those who find the main game too short. It’s not perfect; it is quite short, the story is nonsensical, and it starts to get quite repetitive and a bit annoying partway through – but it’s a pretty remarkable game nonetheless that is more than worth picking up for those who enjoy – or would like to try out – the genre.” – Jonathan Harrington