Without going into too much detail, I am one of those people among the thousands of others that firmly believes the house they live (or lived) in is haunted. I grew up in a small suburb outside of Chicago and the home I lived in was the site of a brutal murder before my parents (as happy newlyweds) moved in. When I was growing up, I experienced full-bodied apparitions, moving furniture, phantom footsteps, an overnight infestation of botflies, mysterious odors, self-locking doors, and – at around age seven – an exorcism of the property. Despite all this, I still try to remain a skeptic in my adult life, even though the events of my childhood remain something I’ve never quite been able to shake.
Despite this, I love a good haunted house story. Films like THE INNKEEPERS, THE CONJURING, THE POSESSION, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series, and several others have reignited the “Ghost House” genre for many-a moviegoer and TV shows about ghost hunters and stories of the paranormal are topping the network charts. In the gaming world, we recently saw the Guillermo del Toro/Hideo Kojima teaser, “P.T.” being celebrated as one of “the most visceral and terrifying video gaming experiences ever” only to disappear from under our noses after the development deal between Kojima and Konami went sour.
Regardless, it’s more than apparent that people now – possibly more than ever – are ghost crazy; and now, thanks to the folks at Novum Analytics, you can turn your home into your very own personal living hell; all thanks to their upcoming title, “Night Terrors.”
“Night Terrors” was originally announced in May of 2015 and launched along an Indiegogo campaign looking for donations from backers to fund full production of the title. Despite only reaching approximately 70 percent of their overall goal, they managed to get enough support to fully develop “Night Terrors.” Mobile gamers everywhere will be able to experience the terror for themselves on October 31st, 2016.
The premise of the game is pretty simple. Players will put on headphones and play the game at night with all the lights off. Your phone will project ghostly images and insert spooky sounds all around you. The program will also interfere with your phone’s operating system, allowing the spirits to send you terrifying text messages and pictures.
According to the official synopsis of the game from Novum: “‘Night Terrors’ is a highly immersive, photorealistic, binaural, augmented reality survival horror game for mobile devices. Gameplay takes place at home, after dark, with the lights off and with headphones on.”
From the looks of it, “Night Terrors” will be absolutely horrifying and will change the way you think about what goes bump in the night. I, for one, have just found yet another reason to be excited for Halloween. My current apartment has far too few ghosts for my taste and I’m happy something like “Night Terrors” has come along to remedy that pesky “safe” feeling I currently have here.
Check out the 3rd trailer for “Night Terrors” below and be sure to follow Novum Analytics on Facebook for more information as it becomes available.
Until then, if you just can’t wait to infest your home with virtual ghosts, ghouls, and demons feel free to purchase a classic Ouija board for the low, low price of $20.97 from Amazon.com for the real thing.
“Night Terrors” becomes available October 31st for mobile users everywhere.
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