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Parents' Guide to

Layers of Fear

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unique horror focuses on mental illness, disturbing imagery.

Game Windows 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+
the best of the best its worth it my rate 10/10
age 11+

Psychological horror.

It really depends on how your child handles horror. There are some jump scares, but the game is mostly psychologically disturbing. Baby dolls creepily smacking their heads repetitively against things, disturbing (though not inappropriate) paintings, creepy noises and lights going out, etc. One minute you walk into a room, turn around and the door is gone behind you, or the hallways continue in an endless loop. The game is first person, about a mystery surrounding a murder, and the player is left to explore a haunted house. Lots of little puzzles in the rooms. There is light drinking and some swearing in the game. No sex, some violence. Mostly just sort of disturbing. My 11 year old loved it. The game even frightened me a little bit when me and my husband played it the first time around. I was a little hesitant to let my kid play it due to it maybe scaring her a little too much, but it turned out fine. If your child has frequent nightmares or is not accustomed to the horror genre yet, wait a few years or test the game out yourself, first.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Dare to take on the role of a mentally disturbed artist and a familiar premise -- exploring a spooky old house -- and you're in for one of the most unique and unforgettable interactive horror experiences you've ever had. (Note: this review is of an Early Release version. Upon official release, it will have even more content.) The game takes place inside a 19th-century mansion belonging to a once-successful painter who's lost his wife and child. Limping from room to room (the painter's bad leg is indicated in first-person view by a mildly swaying camera) he rummages through drawers, cabinets and closets, trying to understand his role in his own personal tragedy. The artist's mental state is reflected in the somber, low-lit environments, melancholy piano music, and heartbeat-like cadence of his lurching footsteps. Things start spooky as a violent nighttime thunderstorm rages outside and get increasingly frightening as the house starts to shift and change. Soon, you're trapped in a seemingly endless maze where rooms change before your eyes and every closed door fills you with dread. Lighting, sound, and door placement nudge you along while expertly placed visual cues set you up for jump-out-of-your-skin scares. At the same time, a truly dark and affecting story is told of one family's terrible destruction. Cruelty, cursing, alcoholism, and jump scares make this the kind of game the very young and faint of heart should avoid; but gamers who enjoy being scared are in for a wild ride.

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