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Night Terrors: Bloody Mary

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Scary, clever game uses tech to frighten players.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple controls, most of which just require you to move your tablet around.

Violence

While there's no bloodshed or combat, things do jump out at you in an attempt to scare you.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Night Terrors: Bloody Mary is a scary game for iOS and Android devices. Using your headphones and your tablet's camera, the game overlays images on to whatever you're looking at to create a freaky vibe and the appearance of things jumping out at you. You're supposed to play this in a dark room, which makes it even scarier. Though there's no inappropriate content, this game is full of jump scares that will make most players leap out of their seats in fear. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

NIGHT TERRORS: BLOODY MARY employs the legend of Bloody Mary to terrify you. In this game, you sit in the dark and look at your tablet's screen intently, waiting until just when you think nothing is going to happen and then, wait, what was what? Using flashes of light, quick images, scary sound effects, and your own expectations, this does everything it can to scare you.

Is it any good?

By utilizing a mix of unexpected flashing images and carefully crafted sound effects, this augmented reality game creates a truly frightening experience. Inspired by the titular legend, Night Terrors: Bloody Mary — the sequel to 2016's Night Terrors: The Beginning — uses your tablet's camera and audio capabilities to make you feel like there's something in the room with you...something unnatural. Played in the dark, the app superimposes strange images (made even freakier by having a grainy quality) and sudden flashes of...something against the image coming from your camera, along with a variety of sound effects, for a horriying experience of both the "jump out at you" and psychological variety. They even got Oren Peli, the director of the horror movie Paranormal Activity and the producer of its sequels, to be the game's executive producer.

But while this is really scary, not everyone will appreciate the game's slow pace. It can sometimes take a while for anything to happen, and on at least one occasion you may miss something because you look away from the screen thinking that you have time to give your eyes a quick break. This also works best in a dark room, which limits when you can play it, since most rooms aren't totally dark when the sun is out. Despite these minor flaws, though, Night Terrors: Bloody Mary is still a scary experience for anyone looking to...wait, what's that behind you?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about scary content. While Night Terrors: Bloody Mary has some disturbing imagery, and things jumping out at you, it has no blood or gore, so what does this say about whether something had to be bloody to be scary?

  • Do you think Night Terrors: Bloody Mary would be as scary if it had an ad pop up while you were playing? What would break or ruin the tension you have when playing a scary game or watching a scary movie?

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