Bitter Tides is a surreal psychological horror game with puzzle and stealth elements that sees you trying to piece together what’s really going on in the mysterious desert dream world you’re trapped in.
Bitter Tides is set in a nightmarish dream world made of half remembered incidents, where monsters of the fallen abyss crawl aimlessly. The full version of Bitter Tides will contain stealth action elements that sees you using upgradeable abilities to avoid the monsters that lurk in the darkness. The current demo build is more of a first person puzzle adventure though and sees you searching a creepy church for the items required to carry out a macabre wedding ceremony.
Even in these early stages of development, the demo build of Bitter Tides is a very polished experience, with high quality audio/visual design that creates a deep feeling of dread as you play through the game. During its 30 minute play time there are a few jump scares, but on the whole it’s more of a Clive Barker-esque experience that blends grotesque visions with psychological horror to really get under your skin.
It can be a little hard to figure out where you’re supposed to use certain objects to complete the puzzles, but on the whole a very well crafted experience that manages to be both cerebral and stomach churning at the same time. The nightmarish hellscape that you’re trapped in is a very intriguing place and the nightmarish monsters that stalk it are wonderfully repulsive. A beautiful nightmare that you may not want to wake up from.