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What's it about?
GRANNY is a survival horror game revolving around stealth gameplay. You're being held captive by an insane, blind old woman who "hears everything," and also shambles around a small two-level house carrying a bat and dropping leg-mangling bear traps. Your objective is to escape the house within five days (the day ends if Granny catches you) by unbarring/unlocking the front door. You do this by avoiding Granny while searching the house for keys and tools; if Granny hears you, you have to run and hide -- or have your head bashed in.
Is it any good?
This is one of the ugliest games on the App Store, but also one of the scariest. Granny's premise is simple: It gives you five chances to achieve your objective, and it uses economical means to create an unbelievable amount of tension. Sound is a big deal here. The creaking floorboards, spooky music, and Granny's unsettling voice and unearthly cackles will make your blood run cold, especially if you're wearing headphones. Success depends on keeping a cool head; the tension rises the longer you creep around the house, and suddenly running into Granny can cause fatal bouts of panic. The old girl's not fast, but she's persistent; if you freeze upon seeing her, you're definitely dead meat. While gameplay and sound do a lot, they're undercut by bland, ugly graphics, occasional technical issues (like Granny getting stuck on a door and swinging her bat through a wall), and annoying ad breaks that pull you right out of the horror experience. Overall, Granny feels like a prototype for a more finished app, while still managing to be child-inappropriate nightmare fuel.
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