Red Oz Episode 1
[Warning: Players should be aware this game deals with themes some may find upsetting.]
Hyptosis puts a more macabre spin on the classic tale of ruby slippers and witch murder with Red Oz Episode 1, the first installment of a new point-and-click adventure series. As the game opens, you're awoken by a crash in your dark house, and set out to investigate, though it quickly becomes apparent that something is seriously wrong. Things are missing, cryptic messages scrawled on the walls and pieces of paper means you don't think you're alone, and, well, have you looked outside the windows lately? Click to interact with objects, watching for any text displayed in the box above your inventory at the bottom of the screen, and use the red arrows to move around the area. Click an item in your inventory to "equip" it for use. Oh, and it is possible to meet an untimely end in this game if you aren't fast enough when a threat appears, but choosing "load game" will just allow you to keep playing. Ready? Set?... JUMPSCARE!
Hyptosis gives inspiration credit to Alice is Dead co-creator Mike "Impending Riot" Morin, and it shows. While Hyptosis' own work has tended towards fantasy like Kingdom of Liars, Red Oz seems to embody a lot more of the unsettling tones and imagery Alice is Dead was known, and arguably beloved, for. With flickering lights and fleeting shadows, you're constantly on edge from the very beginning, and a limited use of sound makes for an intensely atmospheric experience that'll make your skin crawl when you start finding the notes left for you. The gameplay itself may be a little too straightforward for some hoping for a challenge, with only one real significant puzzle making this a short experience, though one that should whet your appetite for things to come. Red Oz Episode 1 is a compellingly creepy and creative twist on the source material, and we can't wait to see what happens next.
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