Most people familiar with Asian horror are familiar with games that explore Japanese folklore and myths. Supernatural elements such as yokai and oni are creatures familiar to players’ psyches thanks to manga and anime influences.
However, Asia and Southeast Asia are a treasure trove of spooky stories and terrifying entities, with each nation exhibiting similar and unique superstitions and tales. As more mainstream and indie game developers from these regions create new titles and franchises, gamers should be on the lookout for titles that showcase the rich horror and stories these countries have. to offer.
Detention is one of the most recognizable titles that isn’t based on Japanese horror. Developed by Red Candle Games, Detention is an atmospheric 2D horror game set in a high school in 1960s Taiwan during martial law under the White Terror era.
The game ensnares and terrifies players by blending various Chinese/Taiwanese folklore, myth, and religious elements while using traditional and psychological horror. The game is oddly educational and explains the different entities and customs throughout the campaign, accentuating the strangeness of the story. With many interesting but disturbing puzzles, Detention will be sure to leave a lasting impression, long after someone has finished the game.
Another project made by Red Candle Games, Dedication is a first-person psychological horror game that follows a troubled screenwriter, Du Feng-yu, and his family as they go through turmoil and hardship. Set in a typical Taiwanese apartment in the 1980s, the game becomes increasingly disturbing as Du Feng-yu and his family’s situation deteriorates.
Dedication is a great window into Taiwanese culture and is inspired by games such as PT and What Remains of Edith Finch. Featuring excellent graphics and interesting puzzles, the game, while not a jump scare, is atmospheric and a must-watch for horror fans.
6 Paper Ghost Stories: 7:00 p.m.
Made by a Malaysian studio, Cellar Vault Studios, Paper Ghost Stories: 7:00 p.m. follows the story of three young Malaysian children in a small apartment complex and their shared experiences during a day at the Hungry Ghost Festival. Meanwhile, a mysterious new neighbor moves in, setting off a series of strange and dark events.
A relatively short experience that can be completed in about half an hour, Paper Ghost Stories: 7:00 p.m. uses a unique and original artistic style on paper. Representing both Chinese and Malay cultures and customs, the game will be a delightful experience for people of that culture and horror lovers looking for something different.
5 The sweetness of the hearth
Steeped in Thai culture and myths, The sweetness of the hearth tells the story of a Caucasian man named Tim who is looking for his missing wife. Players will be treated to a first-person adventure horror game with challenging puzzles and chilling chase sequences.
The sweetness of the hearthThe gameplay of can be compared to Frictional Games releases such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Soma. The game’s various locations, which include a school, a Buddhist temple complex, and a traditional Thai theater, are sure to attract horror lovers as they play.
4 Pamali: Indonesian Folk Horror
Pamali immerses its players in the Indonesian horror surrounding the country’s traditions, beliefs and taboos. As a first-person narrative horror experience, the game features four different episodes and features some iconic entities such as the well-known Pocong to the lesser-known Balinese Leyak.
The game features an impressive number of possible endings (30 in the first episode alone) and around 90 with all scenarios combined. It is even possible for the player to sell the house early on to avoid the whole experience. However, players will be rewarded in due course as they delve into this increasingly disturbing and terrifying game.
Developed by a Singaporean team, Seduction follows the story of a Buddhist monk trapped in a dark realm who must help save a woman’s soul from being used in a ritual. The game is a 2D puzzle experience that takes the player on a journey through landscapes inspired by Buddhist hell.
The game features a pleasing art style that is sometimes simplistic and sometimes detailed, especially when it comes to Buddhist temples and shrines. As the main theme covers temptation, players familiar with Asian folklore and stories will recognize some hints presented in the game.
2 The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters
Another 2D experience set in a deserted high school, Coma 2 is a Korean survival horror game in which players guide Mina Park away from the clutches of a crazed demon. Take inspiration from the classic Clock tower series and using a Manwha aesthetic, the game is as beautiful as it is eerie and horrifying.
Coma 2 also explores other areas, including a disturbed market and a hospital in the district. Players will need to effectively manage their stamina bars and inventory to evade and evade monsters. With glyphs, ritual items, and dark arts, this game is a great title for fans of the original. Clock tower saga.
A game developed by a Mongolian studio, Brittle follows the story of a young girl trying to escape her human traffickers. The game deals with gruesome topics such as child abduction, organ harvesting, human trafficking and the people who deal with these issues. Brittle can be quite oppressive and heavy due to its subject matter and what it is trying to portray.
The game mixes stealth mechanics and adventure, with several chase sequences as well. A large dose of psychological horror is also injected into the experience as players try to get the young girl out of harm’s way.
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