Last year, Singaporean studio Gattai Games released their debut VR horror title, Stifled as a PSVR exclusive. Stifled is a sound-based stealth thriller that allows you to see the world through a sort of echo-locations by using the sound you make through your microphone input. Now, the game is bringing its unique brand of horror to Vive, Rift, and PC this week through Steam, the Oculus Store, Humble Bundle, and Itch.io.
Stifled is set to launch tomorrow for PC with the option to play on Vive or Rift. No price tag has been announced, but the game is likely to go for around the same price as on the PlayStation Store, where it’s available at $19.99.
Check out the trailer:
In Stifled you take on the role of David Ridley, who suddenly goes blind. It’s not all darkness and gloom, however, because you’ve been given the ability to see the world of Stifled through sound. Much like bats do with echolocation. The game takes any sounds you make through your microphone and translates them to waves of line-based sight. The problem, however, is that you’re not alone in Stifled.
So whenever you make any sound in order to be able to see, there are some nasty monsters lurking in the darkness, listening too. And I’m not talking about the few creepy crawlies crawling around a cave or some rats skittering down a hall.
Luckily, at times, there are some natural sounds like running water that can help you out, but in the end, it will be up to you to decide when to risk making a sound in order to escape. Microphone use is optional, though, so you can simply opt to push some buttons to simulate sound in the game. It’s a nice to have the option, but feels like a less immersive way of going about things.
We haven’t had a chance to take on the perils of Stifled yet. But it does look like a very interesting take on the horror genre, and with the immersive capabilities that VR offers, might actually lead to quite a few genuinely scary moments in VR.