Parents' Guide to

Silver Chains

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

You're the prey in adventure's haunting hunt for truth.

Game Windows 2019
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Just another generic walking+jump scare (TM) game

You walk around a drab house for 2 hours with mediocre/easy "puzzles", predictable jump scares, and occassionally run and hide from scripted monster attacks all while a dull story with poor voice acting plays out. No inappropriate content save for a (child's?) severed head covered with maggots in one scene.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (2 ):
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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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