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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Papa Sangre is a unique game that contains no real visuals -- it's entirely audio-based, which means headphones are an absolute must. Make sure kids don't set the volume too high. Also, despite the entire game taking place in the dark, there is a ton of frightening violence to be found. In the game, you enter the Land of the Dead and need to find and free innocent souls from the King of the Dead, Papa Sangre. By tapping the screen, you take steps and change your direction, but where you head is all based on what you hear. The eerie narrator/guide will inform you that the squishing sounds you hear are entrails you're stepping on, or that the growling that is approaching is a wild hog that will eat you if it catches you. And if you do get eaten, you will graphically hear it.
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What's it about?
PAPA SANGRE is unusual in that the game is an audio experience rather than a video one. And even without video, it is a scary experience. Players enter the Land of the Dead and need to find and free innocent souls from the King of the Dead, Papa Sangre. By tapping the screen, you take steps and change your direction, but where you head is based on what you hear -- which may be crunching bones under your feet, blood splashing, or a monster attacking.
Is it any good?
Papa Sangre is downright terrifying -- in the best possible way. If you like a good scare, or get entertained by being creeped out, Papa Sangre is an experience you don't want to miss. With your eyes closed, you listen for the faint sound of the musical notes that mark the exit, but as you take steps toward it you may also suddenly hear the crunch of scattered bones under your feet -- a sound that could alert the "shredder bird" that you also hear rustling somewhere in the room. In some rooms, there will even be monsters patrolling back and forth across your path, and you need to stop and move based on where you hear them at any given moment.
On certain levels, you'll need to find lost souls (one of which, on a particularly eerie level, is a crying baby) and lead them to the exit without getting both of you eaten. The game is as scary as it is unique and imaginative.
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