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Sanitarium review

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By Jennifer Allen on October 31st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DATED CREEPINESS
Sanitarium is a bizarre and creepy adventure game that feels pretty dated
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This is Why BioShock's Soundtrack is Going to Creep You Out

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 5th, 2014

Much has been said over the years about the wonders of BioShock. The world it offers is fascinating and wondrous. The storyline is grippingly dark and sinister. One thing that's often easy to overlook, because it blends in so perfectly, is the soundtrack.

While the original soundtrack for BioShock is delightfully foreboding at regular points, it's often the subtle introduction of familiar tracks from days gone by that really makes you tense.

The most iconic of the bunch is Bobby Darin's 'Beyond the Sea.' Full of lyrics like "Somewhere beyond the sea, she's there watching for me" and "My heart will lead me there soon", out of context, it sounds romantic and sweet. Walking down the corridors of Rapture and hearing it in the distance, you're pretty afraid as to what's about to get you. Liked the song beforehand? Don't expect to hear it in the same light ever again.

It's a similar tale for kids' favorite, '(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?.' As a child, it's cute and fun. As an adult playing BioShock for the first time, it'll unnerve you to your core. Why is that music playing on repeat in an empty nursery? What the heck is going on? BioShock builds that tension to delicious levels.

'Danny Boy' is another one. So iconic, so familiar. It's always had a sense of melancholy to it but there's threat within those words when tied into the world of Rapture. Context has rarely been so important in a game until now.

Soon enough, even seemingly innocuous delights such as 'Papa Loves Mambo' and 'It Had to Be You' start having an edge to them. The beauty to BioShock is that it makes you question everything, even seemingly pleasant music. The sheer fact that you know this music and probably equate it with happier memories just makes it all the more unnerving.

BioShock isn't just a game that gets inside your head because of its storyline. It gets there by subverting just how you feel about such musical hits. Even years after first playing it, I can hear Bobby Darin's 'Beyond the Sea' when in a restaurant or just out and about, and I'll go straight back to those opening moments of BioShock.

When BioShock arrives on iOS, make sure you stick those headphones in - it's going to be an essential part of the experience. In the meantime, why not get yourself acquainted with it via a Spotify playlist?

Knock-Knock Review

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By Angela LaFollette on March 6th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WHO’S THERE?
Knock-Knock is a hide-and-seek survival game where players must help navigate a sleep-deprived lodger through a creepy cabin until dawn arrives.
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Indigo Lake Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lucy Ingram on October 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PREPARE FOR A SCARE
Scary and spine-chilling, Indigo Lake manages to create the most haunting iOS experience ever.
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Blink Walk Review

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By Jennifer Allen on December 20th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE NIGHTMARES
Blink Walk is a simple Endless Runner that focuses more on unsettling backdrops than thrills. Pity it's a little too simple for its own good.
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The Woods Review

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By Rob Rich on December 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CLOSE THE BOOK
This romp through a haunted forest is sufficiently scary at first, but it quickly goes from "BOO" to "blah."
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Whisper of Fear: The Cursed Doll Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: CREEPY BUT MUDDLED
It tells an interesting horror story but Whisper of Fear lacks some key gaming components when it comes to guiding players around.
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Forever Lost: Episode 1 Review

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By Jennifer Allen on October 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SPOOKY EXCELLENCE
Forever Lost: Episode 1 is an original and rather spooky adventure game, set in a mental asylum. Unsettling is certainly the word for it.
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Yorick's Revenge Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on December 5th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LOST ITS HEAD
A psychedelic and spooky race of rolling heads.
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Run Dog Run Review

By Jason Wadsworth on September 13th, 2011
This running and platforming game is as simple as they come.
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Mystique: Chapter1: Foetus

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Christine Morris on July 3rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT YET
Mystique held little mystery for me in it's first incarnation. Needs smoother graphics and more gameplay. Not for me but you might like it if you enjoy 'locked in a room' style puzzles.
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Hysteria Project

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on April 20th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CAUTIOUSLY RECOMMENDED
The Hysteria Project is a cinematic horror game that is surprisingly creepy. From the opening moments to the ending scene, there is a sense of urgency that is unparalleled on the iPhone. It's a shame that this game only lasts for about 1-1/2 hours because
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