If you're a fan of horror games or point-and-click adventure games (or both), you may have heard of "In Fear I Trust" by Chillingo and Black Wing Foundation. It's for iOS and it's an App Store Editor's Choice at the moment. But is it as good as it sounds?
There are a lot of great things in the game. The Unreal 3D graphics really immerse you in the game, as well as the superb soundtrack full of spooky sound effects and creepy voice acting.
For controls, you're given both dual sticks and tap-to-move. They can be used in unison or you can shut one of them off under settings. It's up to you which one you feel more comfortable using.
Puzzles play a small but significant part in the game. The puzzles are sometimes easy and sometimes challenging. But it's more of an atmospheric exploration game than a puzzle game. Clues are shown through a sixth sense called Retrospective Vision. Retrospective Vision also makes it easier to find any items you may have missed along the way.
Now, this may all sound great to you. However, the game is also incredibly buggy. I had to restart the game several times due to game-breaking bugs. This makes what should be a fun experience, instead of a very frustrating experience. However, there are ways around this if you're willing to try them. I made manual backups, which allowed me to complete the game.
Once you get past the bugs, it's a really great game, especially if you like dark psychological thrillers.
The story is told through pieces of paper, notes, diary excerpts, interviews, as well as audio recordings and cutscenes. There are also some apparitions that appear, ghosts from the past which conversations you can listen in on.
As of now there are only two episodes for $ 2.99, but more will be released for free (a total of 5 episodes). The bugs are also being worked on, so if you're on the fence about buying it, you can wait until they release an update.
But if you can get past the bugs using manual backups, and do not mind the extra hassle, it's a game worth playing. The voice acting is my favorite part. I only wish I could replay the audio clips whenever I want.
Games like this are rare in the Apple App Store, so in hope this one has success and we'll see more of its kind in the future.