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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Ribarro

Backrooms Game FREE




At A Glance

  • Released: 7/25/19

  • Reviews: 3,318, net very positive, as of 8/2023

  • English Reviews: 2,137

  • Localized in: English

  • Had Publisher: No

  • Majority of reviews:

    • English ~64%

    • Russian ~13%

    • Spanish ~3%

  • Price: Free, but had a Support DLC for $2.99

  • Review report:

    • Negatives: whatever entity that is in the game never appeared, not scary, confusing on how to proceed in the game

    • Positives: very scary, not having jumpscares seemed to work out, audio was superb



Gameplay

  • Waiting in too long causes screen and world to distort

  • Must check watch every half minute to avoid insanity

Music

  • No music, just the droning sound from the overhead lights

    • I feel like that makes it scarier. Every sound from then on is hyper-focused (even a footstep out of place would be effective)

Sounds

  • More sfx come in, distorted voice, ambient falling noise

Art

  • Some areas are lit, others are not (afraid of what might be lurking in the dark

UI

  • Watch to track your sanity

Scare Factor

  • One of the scariest parts is what the game tells you

    • ‘Stay alive’, ‘don’t look at it’, look at what??

  • From a review: Instead, it works off of a weird mix of anxiety and sensory deprivation. Due to the monotone nature of the visuals and audio, anything that's even slightly out of the norm will unerve you. Any tiny sound, and minescule detail (like a random, rare outlet on a wall, or an out-of-place cieling panel) will push you that little bit further towards insanity.

Overall

  • Played for a very short duration because game scared me, very good at building tension in the atmosphere and wondering when ‘the thing’ will come


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