Slenderman made scary games popular. The aim is simple: collect clues and escape uninjured without laying eyes on the monster that stalks you. Eyes - The Horror Game continues this trend, but far from being a clone it adds its own spin to this dark game of cat and mouse.
Take the money and run
Why in horror movies and games do people always stay near the scary thing? Shouldn’t they just run screaming? It makes no sense. At least in Eyes - The Horror Game there is some explanation: you're in a the house of horrors to collect money. Hard cash. And who wouldn’t risk their life for a fistful of dollars?
Thus, the gameplay of Eyes - The Horror Game has you traveling around a strange house to find 12, 20, or 30 bags of cash (depending on the difficulty level you choose - though these are limited in the Lite version). The issue is that the house is guarded by a moody ghost who doesn’t want you to leave alive.
The ghost leaves you clues, red eyes painted on the walls . If you see one of these, get out. Hear strange cries? Stay away as far away as possible, the traumatized specter is nearby. Do you see a sign that says "RUN!"? Then make like Usain Bolt: your enemy is very close.
The righteous frights
Eyes - The Horror Game is a mechanical simple game in which you simply have to move around the house and use one button to pick up cash bags (they shine in the dark, so they are easy to spot).
Your survival is based on following the good signs and avoiding the bad ones as you dash from room to room: the ghost can only move through halls (except on the most difficult level... there anything goes).
Play your cards right and Eyes - The Horror Game can be a pretty good terror experience. The combination of light and shadow, and the mad dash from room to room, is a good take on the genre. In addition, the jump scares are not abundant so that when they arrive so when they hit you will find yourself leaping from your chair.
The ghost herself is lifted directly from Japanese horror films: she is a woman (or part thereof), with dark hair, and haunting eyes. Nothing new, but I find this human form far scarier than any monster.
A terrifying experience
As a horror title, Eyes - The Horror Game is not in innovative game - but its setting, gameplay, and villain are be perfect for genre fans. Moreover, despite being free, it offers hours of play because the of the three difficulty levels and how the bags are constantly changing location.