Neverending Nightmares is a psychological horror game set in the nightmarish dream realm of the protagonist. Through a series of levels, including a spooky mansion and asylum, the player must navigate the maze of corridors and doors to escape the monsters and try to wake from the nightmare. What is really special about this game is that it is based on the creator’s own battle with mental illness, which makes the blurred lines between dream and reality all the more chilling.
I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror games, but I love them all the same. We can all relate to that feeling of moving about the house at night – that apprehension of not knowing what is in the darkness around you and relying on your senses to guide you safely. Neverending Nightmares very much feeds off that fear – gameplay is almost entirely in black and white, with much of it spent creeping through the shadows.
As Thomas, our protagonist, moves through the hellish levels, he constantly meets with scenes of violent deaths, many depicting the young girl who claims to be his sister at the start of the game. Who is this girl really, and how is her death linked to Thomas?
Controls are very simple – other than basic movement, the only other control is one that lets you interact with certain items like creepy dolls and candles. Of course, you can also run, which will come in very handy when the monsters begin to appear, though the character has limited stamina, so use this feature sparingly as you never know when you’ll need it.
The monsters were done very well too. I liked that the three different creatures in the game required different strategies to sneak past, and the lack of combat or a weapon meant that I was constantly on edge, checking the shadows for those eerie shapes.
My playthrough lasted about an hour in the end – it felt like a comfortable amount of time for the story. There are three possible endings, and I do know from some research that I got the most miserable of the three – unlucky!
The game certainly wasn’t perfect. The storyline felt a little disjointed at times. Although this added to the overall sense of disorientation, I don’t think that’s an excuse for confusing gameplay. But the stunning visuals and soundtrack completely redeem it for me, and definitely succeeded in giving me a fright more times than I like to admit.
You can buy a copy of Neverending Nightmares on Steam for £10.99 by following this link. Personally, I’m not convinced it is worth paying full price for, but it certainly is worth purchasing if it is ever on sale again.
Turn off the lights, put on some headphones, and indulge in this atmospheric nightmare.
Have you played Neverending Nightmares before? What did you think of it?