Chasing Static Review

Introduction

A psychological horror short story.  Explore the untouched wilderness of rural Wales as you uncover the forgotten remains of a mysterious facility and find the truth behind the missing villagers of Hearth.

Review

‘Horror’ is a very loose term for this game.  Yes it was dark, mostly silent and creepy at times; but ‘horror’ was a bit of a stretch in my opinion.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story.  There’s a lot going on and quite a bit lot to uncover as to what happened and why Chris is connected to this dank place.

The graphics were very outdated looking, and it was so dark at times that I struggled to see in front of me, even after turning the brightness up in game.  I know it’s meant to be dark, but this was ridiculous. 

This game is much better when using a guide, as there’s lots of different twists and turns, and if you aren’t sure where you need to go, you can get disorientated.  

There are collectibles in the form of notes, and memories called ‘Echoes’ which help you piece together the events past.

The colour, as I’m sure you can imagine, is very dull and minimalist.  Which makes sense and fits with the game – the whole game takes place at night.

Controls are simple and apart from a few glitchy moments and dodgy-looking loading screens, I had no real issues.

Platinum will take approx. 2 – 3 hours without a guide, and approx. 1 – 2 hours with a guide.  Plus I found the game better in general knowing where I needed to go and not having to search too much.

Rating

Rating: 3 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Story
  • Not too long for type of game

Cons:

  • Little buggy
  • Too dark

Summary

Interesting story, better with guide. Though I found it too dark a lot of the time to even see what I was doing. I recommend playing with a guide.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer Website: Headware Games
Developer Socials: Twitter

Images – https://www.igdb.com/

Chasing Static – Official Launch Trailer

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