The state of horror in 2016 – where have we come from, where do we go, and who turned out the lights?!

Horror films and games are a special quantity. They’re obviously designed to scare, but they’re incredibly hit and miss, with some quite terrible results.

They either end up managing to scare me (no thanks), or they’re bad, don’t scare me, and are boring (similarly, no thanks).

For that reason, I’ve never ‘got’ horror. I can understand it, sure: that adrenaline rush is the same one that keeps Alton Towers in business, but I’m quite happy in my epinephrine-free world of tea and blankets, thankyouverymuch.

No one can hear you scream ice cream

It’s a shame my cowardly brain thinks that way – mobile has been home to some truly great horror games over the years.

Dead Space showed a big console horror could work on your phone. As you would expect, controls are an issue, but the production values are off the charts – as is the scare-o-meter.

Limbo also crammed a console experience into a pocket device, but more importantly it showed there was a place for indie horrors on the App Store. Limbo is bursting with ideas, and succeeds not because of jumps scares or cheap tricks, but because its aesthetic and atmosphere are so powerful.

It’s also a rare beast in the horror world – not many scary games get you to directly care for another person. Most encourage empathy but only for the purposes of making the protagonist a proxy for you, the player. Conversely, Limbo…

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Check out the nightmarish teaser for upcoming survival horror Knock-Knock

If, like me, you adore survival horror games, you’ve probably has your eye on Knock-Knock for some time.

Well, prepare to have that eye filled with flickering lightbulbs, filthy walls, and other creepy imagery, courtesy of the game’s brand new trailer.

If you’re unfamiliar with Knock-Knock, it follows the exploits of an insomniac wandering around his house being harrased by malevolent spirits.

Partially funded via Kickstarter, the game popped up on our rader because of its fantastic art and animation. Some of the beasties look pretty unsettling, too.

Plus, as it seems you only have a candle for protection, there’s a chance we might actually feel under theat when trying to escape the ghosts and ghoulies.

You know – like in a horror game.

You can check out the new Knock-Knock trailer above. There’s no set release date yet, but we’ve been assured by the developer that it’s coming “very soon.”

And, if you want to see some actual gameplay, jump to 1:59 in the AppSpy News Wrap-Up video below.

 

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