Thanks to the different platforms of crowdfunding, we have definitely entered the era of small independent games that manage to create enough buzz to be noticed and, secondarily, to raise enough money to be cordoned off in due form. This is how Scorn Download has just fulfilled its Kickstarter goal, barely a month after its launch. This is a perfect opportunity to tell you about the alpha version we were able to play.
The Ebb software studio defines its project as a game of adventure and horror in the first person. From the top of its thirty minutes of gameplay, the alpha version seems to perfectly confirm that. We start the adventure in the shoes of an anonymous hero, dumb and pretty bad. A glance down is enough to realize that our torso is totally flayed, while the veins that run through our arms do not breathe more joy of living. The first steps in the corridors that constitute the main scenery of this demo confirm a particularly morbid atmosphere. Undoubtedly, this is Scorn’s biggest strength, whose artistic direction constantly spews his guts in the face of the player.
Oozing walls, piles of bloody flesh and other corpses of deformed creatures abound and coexist with strange semi-technological and semi-organic devices. The game never informs us of their usefulness and their functioning, preferring to let us discover all this by ourselves. This is how we end up changing the color of a stone in our possession, plunging our arms into a machine, so we can open the doors with a “lock” blue when we could not activate that red before. The rather labyrinthine level design imposes a lot of back and forth, necessary to properly understand the scene and activate all the switches and devices that go well.
These walks provide an opportunity to better observe the environments, reminiscent of the work of H. R. Giger, that fans of Alien can never thank enough. Even weapons, much more organic than mechanical, are not commonplace. Both present in this alpha version share the same handle, which must be removed to change the gun but also to reload or even just check how much ammunition remains. These actions take time, and it is very important to achieve them in a moment of calm. Perform these manipulations with enemies in the vicinity, it is the insured death!
The game forces caution and favors a slow pace, despite the presence of a sprint function. Balls being available in very small quantities, it is even necessary to avoid the fighting as much as possible. And when you have no choice, it is better to get as close as possible to the creatures, weapons losing a lot of efficiency with distance. In order to save the ammo as much as possible, the player also has an interest in observing the enemy’s condition after each shot. Sometimes creatures become crippled and move with extreme slowness, crawling and leaving behind trails of blood. In this case, it’s useless to waste a bullet to finish these poor animals, which have become harmless. Conversely, beware of corpses lying on the ground when you land in a room. Some of them will get up to attack you as soon as you have your back turned, just to cause a small “jump scare” of families.
The heavy gameplay and sticky atmosphere of SCORN seem well set to please horror fans. However, it appears that the game ignores any jump function, which inevitably causes some inconsistencies when the character finds himself unable to cross a high obstacle of only twenty centimeters. Good point on the other hand for the almost total absence of interface, which thus reinforces the immersion. There are still a lot of unknowns about the game, especially about the scenic aspect, the variety of sets, or even the fact that the adventure will be sold in two parts, but the first bricks of a deliciously scary title are clearly asked .
Available only on PC, the first part of SCORN should be titled “Scorn Part 1 of 2: Dasein” and will be released sometime next year. The developers are content with a simple “to be determined” regarding the release date of the second part. So, will we be dealing with a hit or a wet firecracker? This alpha version is far too limited to answer the question, but all hopes are allowed for the moment. Count on us to tell you more as soon as possible!
Scorn Full PC Game Download
Information about the game
Filename : Scorn – InstallShield Wizard
File Extension : exe
Platform : PC
Language : ENG, FR, PL, IT, DE, RU
Disk space required : 50 GB
System Requirements ( Minimum / Recommended )
How to installation Scorn