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I found out about this game from this video from Brian David Gilbert. In it he says you should know as little as possible about it before you play it.

This is correct! I bought it and binged it and I have to tell you that you absolutely should not learn anything about it before playing it. However, I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d known a couple of things, so in lieu of description, here’s advice:

  • You don’t have to brace for jump scares.
  • There is never any element of fleeing.
  • Even when it seems like there is time pressure on you, unless you can literally see something counting down, there isn’t. Take a moment, breathe.
  • Don’t stress too much about missing things. The game is very good about cues and hints.
  • You don’t have to rush through anything you’re having fun with.

There are settings to disable screen shake, flicker, etc. and while the game does have as much inky blackness as any other horror game, they provide a gamma slider so you can adjust brightness to your screen and vision. (If you are looking into settings to allay seizure concerns specifically I recommend finding recommendations from someone who knows what’s up, because I don’t.) The text speed controller actually goes up to a fast enough speed unlike every other friggin’ one out there. I was pretty impressed with all this because you can tell that they know they have a good game and a good experience even without mandating the effects some people may not be able to enjoy.

Furthermore, I can tell you this is perfectly playable on the Steam Deck. You will need to use the onscreen keyboard to enter text, but never within core gameplay. A friend objects to the controller configuration; if he comes back with a recommendation, I’ll share it.