Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Distraint by Jesse Makkonen. I got the game in a giveaway on one of the bundle sites (I can’t remember which one) a while back so while I did get a key for free, I didn’t request this one and I did this review for fun.
Distraint is a psychological horror adventure game that was created by a single developer. It was a speed project created in 3 months time and it came out pretty amazing in the end.
The game puts you in the role of a man named Price, who has just started working towards a partnership with a successful company. After evicting an old lady from her apartment he learns the price of his humanity and starts to feel crazy with guilt over it. With each tenant he evicts, the guiltier he feels and the crazier the psychological horror elements become. There are no jump scares here, instead the game messes with your head. In one scene blood seeps out of a washing machine while the wall behind it bleeds. In another, Price visits a dark disturbing world filled with mushrooms and it is the result of a drug trip.
The atmosphere of the game adds to the tension and scenery. It is very reminiscent of Silent Hill, and there are creepy sound effects added in.
The game’s graphics, even though they’re 2D, fit the game really well and the oblong and disturbing designs of the characters add to the strangeness of the game.
Overall, Distraint may be one of the best psychological horror games that I’ve had the pleasure of playing. I’m a huge fan of the genre and it’s often difficult to please me but this game was wholly enjoyable and disturbing throughout. At around 4 hours in length its short and sweet and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of the genre.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my review, I appreciate it. I’d also appreciate it if you could share the review as well as it’d be a great help.
Happy gaming folks! – Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!