Living Nightmares is an intense blend of surreal horror, jump scares and FPS combat that sees you attempting to escape from a cult that’s helmed by a freaky two-faced doll.
In Living Nightmares you take on the role of John Doe, an amnesiac man who awakens in a strange mansion filled with cult members in black cloaks and a particularly terrifying doll with two faces. John then has one week to collect seven coins from within seven different nightmares to escape as a free man.
Drawing inspiration from Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, Living Nightmares plays out through a series of interconnected dreams and nightmares that feature different visual styles and gameplay mechanics. This is illustrated perfectly in the demo build, with you initially making your way through a jump scare filled black and white horror and ending up in a monster blasting horde mode shooter. Even though the visual style and gameplay varies wildly in each nightmare it still manages to feel like a cohesive gaming experience and some things are prevalent throughout – such as that horrific doll!
It’s a very freaky game, with excellent audio/visual design, terrifying jump scares and plenty of variety which helps stop the game becoming stale and predictable. It’s a novel experience that feels you’re experiencing an entire horror themed funpark rather than just sitting on a ghost train. Highly recommended.