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Layers of Fear

A first person psychological horror adventure game inspired of 19th-century paintings and architecture. It was created by Polish developer Bloober Team, known for such titles as BRAWL, A-Men and Music Master: Chopin.

Adventure | FPP | horror | Polish | indie games | 19th century

Layers of Fear cover

developer: Bloober Team

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Game mode: single player

game release date:

16Feb2016

PC XONE PS4

21Feb2018

Switch

Layers of Fear is a first person horror game created by Polish developer Bloober Team (known for games like A-Men 2 and BRAWL) with the view of Windows PC. The game creates a dark, psychedelic experience combining themes of madness and classical paining. The creators mixed up elements characteristic to classic horror movies, as well as solutions used in Amnesia series and games like Antichamber, Dear Esther, or Gone Home.

In the game you take on the role of a 19th-century painter striving to finish his masterpiece. In order to reach that goal you have to explore his manor in search of needed items. However, the protagonist struggles with mental problems, turning exploration into chaotic travel through the artist’s troubled mind, during which you learn of his past and the history of his family. The story is non-linear, and you unfold it by witnessing strange occurrences, reading notes scattered across the house, or listening to the hero’s memoirs.

You explore the game’s world and interact with various objects in first person perspective. This pattern resembles what was used in Amnesia: The Dark Descent, where seemingly simple tasks (e.g. open the door with a key) turn out to be long and terrifying journeys. Bloober Team further enriched gameplay with logic puzzles and short action sequences.

In the game you can use various objects (grand piano, chains, levers, buttons), open cabinets, drawers, or doors, and read notes left here and there. You cannot use a weapon or any other self-defense tools, and the game features no HUD bars (like a sanity bar), although confronting visions haunting the hero may lead to his “death”. Occasionally, sudden bogeys come out from nowhere, raising the tension. Gamplay tempo is also increased by dynamic environment, whose appearance, state, and set-up constantly change in ways that contradict logic, often making it necessary to change your direction.

Layers of Fear is built on Unity 3D engine, whose potential was used to create richly detailed locations. In order o make the game even darker, the developers created a network of claustrophobic rooms and narrow hallways, and properly used scarce lighting and specific color saturation. The protagonist’s house – a vast Victorian-style manor – is filled with disturbing paintings, most of which were created specially for the game. The game engine proves its worth especially when rooms are shifting their shape or laws of physics are diverted. Such occurrences are often accompanied by impressive particular effects and evocative visual filters.

The proper atmosphere is further enhanced by soundtrack made up of many classical pieces, as well as characteristic piano tunes and 19-century popular music.

System requirements

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i5 3470 3.2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 3 GB GeForce 660 Ti or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 7
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 7

Layers of Fear Game Guide & Walkthrough

game guide 23 March 2016

The guide to Layers of Fear, a game developed by Bloober Team, is a complete walkthrough for this original and sometimes exceptional horror. In this guide you will find a complete walkthrough that allows beating the game.

Layers of Fear: Inheritance DLC announced, coming out next month

News 04 July 2016 11:31

The story-based DLC Layers of Fear: Inheritance will let you play as the daughter of the original game's protagonist. The add-on is coming out next month.

Layers of Fear arriving to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February

News 21 January 2016 11:47

Fans of horror genre should mark February 16 in their calendar, since this is the release date of Layers of Fear, a psychedelic story of an insane painter by Polish developer Bloober Team.

Layers of Fear impressions – could it be the best horror in years?

Preview 10 September 2015 09:10

Layers of Fear may turn out to be one of the better, if not the best, horror games (and most likely the best-thought-out one) in the recent years.