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Remothered: Tormented Fathers

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Disturbingly scary yet repetitive game of cat and mouse.

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This survival horror game packs lots of scares and thrills over the course of the plot, but its repetitive action can water down some of the creepiness. Remothered: Tormented Fathers highlights an obvious fact: there's nothing in the horror genre quite as terrifying as a chase scene. It's not just the visage of some twisted thing gaining ground on its prey, but it's the sense of dread that comes with knowing what's going to happen when you get caught. Remothered makes this its central focus in an extra disturbing way. Being chased by some hulking brute or grotesque creature is one thing, but hiding in a closet from a withering old man in nothing more than rain boots and an apron is a whole different level of creepy. Things get even more unsettling as more of the story unfolds, as the game become a horror on both a visceral and a psychological level.

While Remothered: Tormented Fathers might have nailed down some of the elements of a great survival horror, it's got a few issues that dilute the overall effect. For starters, the game gets extremely repetitive fairly quickly. You're trapped in a confined space with only so many places to run and hide, so you can't help but constantly double back when being chased. Eventually, running and hiding feels like less of a life-threatening ordeal and more a case of simple inconvenience between searching for clues to advance the plot. Thankfully, the story is one that's filled with enough twists and turns to hold your interest, while maintaining a level of foreboding atmosphere that'll make you want to play it with the lights on.

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