Never Again is a creepy first person horror adventure in which you play a young asthmatic girl who is suffocated by her fears, and must overcome them to solve puzzles and track down her missing family.
You start Never Again in the midst of an asthma attack and must search your room for your inhaler. It’s an unnerving way to start a game, as you hastily ransack the bedroom to stop the little girl from dying, but it certainly gets your attention. Find the inhaler and things settle down a bit, allowing you to explore your surroundings and get to know a bit more about the young girl (Sasha Anders), her missing family and her neuroses.
Sasha is an intelligent and compassionate girl but she’s also plagued by deep suffocating fears that manifest themselves in different ways. Her parents and brother have mysteriously gone missing and she daren’t set foot out of her room as the rest of the house has been shrouded in darkness. She seems to be trapped in a waking nightmare, with it becoming hard to differentiate between what’s real and what’s not.
The current build of Never Again takes around 15 minutes to complete and impresses with its tactile puzzle design, sinister atmosphere and intriguing narrative. It doesn’t resort to jump scares but there’s a deep sense of dread throughout that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The narrative is particularly compelling – you immediately feel for Sasha and want to protect her from the horrors that are troubling her. Will you be able to keep her safe?