The scariest part to any story is the sliver of truth you hide in the horror. Sometimes its not about the axe wielding murder, but the fact that he’s lurking somewhere in your basement. Sure, you keep telling yourself that you’ll replace the burnt out light every week. But when you hear something downstairs, you’ll wish that you spent five minutes fixing the light rather than the rest of the night with a flashlight and a baseball bat in hand.
The House 2 mixes the real with the horror by combining realistic photos with virtual gore. As you click around the real world environments, you’ll slowly unravel the story of a family driven mad by their past deeds. Every room you encounter highlights a new member and how they met their grizzly end. As with any point and click adventure, you’ll spend most of your time poking around and clicking on anything that looks like you can interact with it.
One of the few problems with this game comes from the fact that you’ll often find yourself clicking on the same object multiple times in each room in order to forward the story. At the same time, the game doesn’t force you to combine seemingly random objects to accomplish your goals. Even if it feels as though you’ve flipped the note a dozen times, your actions keep you moving forward.
In a way, the repetitive action is a bit like turning the crank of jack-in-the-box. Combined with eerie music and unsettling atmosphere, you never know if the next time you turn over that note or hit the light switch will result in another blood-curdling scare.
Still not enough horror for your browser, check out some of the other great games you can find on the web.
Exmortis: Terrifying atmosphere will tingle your spine.
Road of the Dead: Mow zombies down in your car at high speed!
Dead Frontier: Outbreak 2: Text-based creepy survival horror.
Infectonator 2: Manage the spread of zombification.
The Last Stand – Dead Zone: Build. Assemble. Survive.
Shadow Tag: Little kids have never been scarier.