While jump scares and gruesome scenes are undoubtedly successful tropes in modern day horror games, especially in VR (though I’d argue it’s almost more fun watching someone getting jumped in VR than experiencing it yourself) – it’s sometimes the subtle thrillers that really get to us. When Robot Invaders released their atmospheric horror title, Dead Secret for PC, PS3, and PS4, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, and Oculus Rift, this indie horror mystery definitely left its mark behind. Now the studio has released the stand-alone sequel to the original Dead Secret, called Dead Secret Circle for PC and all Oculus VR platforms, including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and the newly launched Oculus Go. It’s also set to come to PS4 and PSVR later this year.
Dead Secret Circle is another murder mystery that takes place in Chicago in 1971. You play the role of investigative reporter Patricia Gable who’s on the trail of a killer with a grisly M.O. The trail leads her to a condemned apartment complex filled with some poor and some shady people who may have info on the killer that’s been stalking Chicago.
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You’ll have to make use of any investigative skills you have to interview the people living in the building, and find information – and therefore leverage – about them so you can solve the puzzle that is the mystery killer. You can bet he sure as hell doesn’t want to be unmasked though, so you’ll have to be careful and avoid The Laughing Man who’s constantly on your trail. Not only is he a deadly opponent, but he appears to have some strange ability that can affect dreams.
Patricia doesn’t have any means of self-defense, however, so running away and hiding are basically your only options. If you’re not smart about it – then you could very well end up another victim on the killer’s list.
Dead Secret Circle lets you wander around the building that hides various clues and documents to discover, as well as various puzzles that block your progress. The game has multiple endings, which affords replayability to the game. It also means that depending on your sleuthing skills and the choices you make – you might not get the ending you wanted in the first try.