A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are trying to escape the mansion with their lives, while trying to find an understanding as to how they got there and why forces don't want them to leave. Solving the mystery is mainly a way to stay alive.
Positive Role Models
The protagonist, Peter, doesn't have much of an identity because he's meant to represent the player as much as possible. The story unfolds in front of him, but he's learning and experiencing everything just as the player does. The motivations of the mansions other … inhabitants … slowly comes to light to tell the tale, but not to deliver any moral.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is mainly split between exploring the mansion for clues and key items and running and hiding from the dark forces chasing you down. There are a lot of puzzle elements to solve and clues to discover in order to progress, but the main difficulty comes in not getting caught while you do.
Violence & Scariness
Players don't go on the offensive, but that doesn't mean that other forces aren't able to attack and kill the player. There are scenes of blood and gore, as well as disturbing imagery all meant to build the sense of horror and dread.
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Some mild swearing occasionally pops up either in Peter's commentary to himself or in the various notes and clues left behind.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Silver Chains is a first-person horror adventure game available for download on Windows-based PCs. Players explore a ghost filled mansion, running and hiding from supernatural creatures while searching for an escape and discovering clues to the past that cause the mansion's current state. The game relies heavily on atmospheric horror, which includes some disturbing imagery and sounds, as well as occasional use of blood or gore with some of the house's ghostly residents. It also includes some mild profanity in its dialogue and written into diary entries discovered throughout the story.
Is It Any Good?
Instead of tilting the odds in your favor with loads of weapons to fend off evil, this game leans towards the "fight or flight" spectrum, forcing players to run and hide from what's lurking in the shadows. Silver Chains is about more than just hiding in closets and cabinets. To survive, you'll need to piece together its mysterious past and the role you might have played in it. You've got to explore every nook and cranny of this creepy old house, searching out diary pages, photographs, and other clues while solving various puzzles to access new areas and fill in more holes to the underlying story. This element makes the game feel more like a classic mystery than a horror story … right up until you hear that music that sends goosebumps up and down your spine. And when the ghost of a dead child starts pointing for you to hide, you should probably listen. That's your cue that Mother is coming.
Silver Chains does a phenomenal job of building its atmosphere. You never quite know what to expect or what's lurking around the corner. It's not just a series of jump scares strung together, but it's a truly chilling build up. The mansion has an amazing level of detail and feels like it has a life of its own. If you weren't constantly in fear for your life, you could easily get lost in admiration for this house of horrors. Admittedly, there are some times that level of detail gets glossed over, such as those fleeting moments when you catch a glimpse of Mother searching the halls for your presence. Though the creature itself is straight out of your nightmares, it moves with all the grace of a wooden puppet. The animations are stiff and almost comedic, more like a cheap Halloween prop than a supernatural boogeyman. Of course, that doesn't make it any less scary when you're hiding out, listening to its haunting voice and heavy footsteps, just waiting for the coast to finally be clear. Silver Chains sets itself apart from the B-movie feel of many survival horror games with a mystery that you can't help but want to solve while set in a terrifying house you can't wait to escape.
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