A pixelated Exorcism Sim Teeming with uncertain Horror
Faith developed by Airdorf Games and published by New Blood Interactive is a clever and fear inducing Indie Horror game. What initially stood out to me was the pixelated graphics and the story that Faith boasts. Join Father Ward as he holds his religion close whilst battling with entities from another realm. Furthermore, join us here at VIBE as we explore this exciting indie gem.
A Test Of Faith In The World
The world of Faith is particularly interesting as each player may have a different experience. The world is graphically designed with pixels. However, this game does not need flashy graphics as it is entirely made up for in the world and Story. Father Ward is a man of the cloth, who has his faith shaken by an exorcism gone wrong. He must traverse the world battling evil forces with his handy glowing, sparkly crucifix and solving puzzles along the way. Set out in chapters with multiple endings, Faith ensures players can encounter a multitude of different experiences and outcomes for their play through. The world can be extremely unforgiving and at no point gives any sort of extensive tutorial. The player must learn to adapt to their environment. As a result of this. it allows for a change of pace and stands out from other modern games. Additionally, the environment allows for interactive objects such as notes to give a narrative of what’s happening in the world. This ensures players are thinking with a collectible mindset!
Grab Your Crucifix & Fight!
In terms of game play, Faith is not complex. The majority of the game, players will use keys to walk, to interact, and a key to flash up their crucifix to ward off evil spirits. Players first encountering the game may be confused at first because when the first demon appears on screen there is no warning and if it touches you the Mortis screen flashes up. This is an instant death for the player. Initially, players may feel frustrated. However, this adds to the game play as, once the overall premise of the game is picked up, players can get into a confident routine and show their skills. The multiple endings add for replayability and discovering secrets players may have not in a previous run. Overall, there is enough to keep players hooked and engaged. This is impressive due to the limited mechanics required. Quality over Quantity springs to mind.
The graphics are perfect for what this game entails. The bright colour palletes and simplistic locations don’t make the game any less terrifying. The pitch black backgrounds for each location in the Forrest made me uneasy. However, this is not a criticism but rather an indication the genre of the game was working. The demonic entities are truly horrific and paired with some uneasy sounds such as shrill notes. The game over screen is especially jarring and goes to a contrasted black and white background which is so stark from the dark background that, the first time it occurred, it was a shock to the system. However, the main success of the graphics and sound for this game was the nostalgia inducing vibe that came with it. This game may have a 2022 release date, but will cause players to cast their minds back to simpler graphics and simpler times.
Here at VIBE, I specialize in all things Indie! I always strive to make sure hidden gems are brought to the surface for you lovely people. Faith truly is one of those games that could fall under the radar. Its genius game play, nostalgia inducing graphics, and fear inducing enemies are worth checking out. However, as always if you are on the fence check out the trailer below. Likewise, if you have already played Faith let us know if you agree, disagree, or are indifferent! If there is anything you think I should check out I’m always happy with recommendations. For another indie horror players should check out https://vibethenook.com/the-bathhouse-an-atmospheric-japanese-horror/ Until next time, stay safe and happy gaming.
26, Indie Game connoisseur. Also a hamster mum, fiancée & working in the addiction field. Gaming and writing are my escape and comfort for when the world gets too much!