Here and Now Indie: Ib

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Too often, games in the horror genre are so preoccupied with scaring you that they completely neglect to spin a captivating story. Not so in Ib, an indie horror game made in RPG Maker, which follows the exploits of a little girl lost in a haunted art museum. Foregoing combat entirely, Ib will hook you with its gratifying puzzles, clever use of dialogue, and genuinely creepy ambiance. Fine art has never been more unsettling.

Even with 16-bit era, top-down sprite graphics, Ib will effortlessly frighten you once you lose yourself to its ominous atmosphere. The game knows just when to give you a break in the tension, before plunging you back into a state of anxiety with a single errant sound effect. With charming characters, multiple endings, and some truly frightening moments (that aren’t all-too-easy jump scares), Ib may end up being one of your favorite horror games of all time.

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  • kingsmikefan - January 27, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    This is an interesting feature idea. Good way to promote indie games.
  • n00b - January 27, 2013 9:52 a.m.

  • MCBadong - January 27, 2013 1:58 a.m.

    Oh my goodness, Ib. 16-bit horror was never this good. There is one scene, for the curious, where your character is trapped in what seems to be a room full of bunny rabbits with a huge portrait in the wall with a bunny rabbit painted on it. The truth is, seen from another character's perspective, each doll was actually a horrible, monstrous looking doll, likewise the huge painting's rabbit looks like one too. Soon after, you're told..To go find a certain item within one of the dolls - or stay there forever with them. Pretty soon things go creepier as the doll on the portrait starts moving bit by bit and being free from the portrait as you frantically search each doll for the item. Words can't do that scene justice...*Shudders*
  • alex-roy-bristol - January 26, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Looks great, but I just honestly can't worm on downloading this and getting it to work on my mac right now. After Xchange and some other sheit get finished via me though, definitely, since this looks GREAT! :D Also, I agree with RebornKusabi, this is a great feature! Please GamesRadar, keep it up, and thank you!
  • RebornKusabi - January 26, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    I really like this idea for a feature- very unique for the current sites structure. Plus, as a broke college graduate looking for a job, any free game is welcome in my case.