Searching for a quality haunting on the App Store this Halloween? Well horror fans, you are in luck as Bloober has released Layers of Fear on iOS! Here is some of the app’s description from the App Store:
Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create.
• Psychedelic horror – A sense of insanity means each turn of the camera may completely change the look of your surroundings.
• Victorian setting – Explore a game world inspired by masterpiece paintings, architecture and décor from the 19th century.
• Original and classic art – Numerous pieces of original art and music flesh out the story and environment.
• Story-focused exploration – Only through exploring the environment can you uncover the details of the painter’s dark and tragic past.
Layers of Fear: 3D Horror Game is the iOS build of the original game released in 2016. Revered for its haunting design and story-driven gameplay, Layers of Fear is more of a horror experience than anything else. A first-person exploration into a mad painter’s mind, every corner turned in this 19th-century setting proves that not everything is what it seems as you uncover more of its dark story.
The app opens with an epilepsy warning and recommendation to use headphones for an optimal experience. A calibration screen lets you set the brightness of the game for the best visual and spooky atmosphere. On-screen instruction shows how to play for mobile. No mouse or keyboard here so movement is made with a Virtual Gamepad joystick while swiping allows you to look around. Items highlighted with white dots can be interacted with, such as opening doors or picking up items. There is a multitude of things to touch and see, but just because it’s marked does not mean it is an interaction that moves the story forward. The sound design with headphones makes every sound especially creepy, especially your own footsteps and the thunderstorm and flashing lightning really set the mood.
Roaming room to room, the atmosphere only gets more and more chilling. Though it seems as if it is just you and the empty house, there are sudden sounds, movements of doors and paintings until the old house is a giant maze. The explorative nature makes every turn unsettling as the pursuit of clues and puzzles unraveling the story keeps you moving forward.
Playing on my iPad, the visuals filled the whole screen and playing on a mobile platform seemed very natural. That being said, the controls are a little wonky. Moving closer to objects to get a better look took a little finesse and practice. At first, I easily got stuck walking into walls. Some items were harder to touch and interact with, especially if I wasn’t viewing it from just the right perspective. Those little issues aside, there is never a dull moment in this game. No matter how bizarre things get, it’s not enough to scare you off entirely from finishing it.
Layers of Fear: 3D Horror Game transitions perfectly to mobile devices and is just as thrilling to play as it was on console. The app is available now for $9.99 in the App Store.