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The Conjuring House becomes The Dark Occult

Studio: Rym Games
Platform: PC (Steam)
Out now

I’m the worst for missing awesome announcements when I’m wrapped up in something else, like an insane week at work or taking part in NaNoWriMo (kind of)... That’s my excuse for missing the release of The Conjuring House, a first-person horror game from Rym Games, when it was first released. I won’t let it happen again.

Now, the game is changing its name to The Dark Occult because “it effectively conveys the game’s sinister themes and demonic denizens,” and this comes with a bunch of new features.

The Dark Occult puts its unfortunate protagonist into a paranormal nightmare when they are sent to Atkinson House under strange circumstances. The owner of the house has died, and no-one is sure what happened. I’m going to say that it has something to do with the demonic woman that stalks players through a mansion that they soon discover they can’t leave.

What follows is a demonic game of cat-and-mouse as players must search for demonic artefacts hidden throughout the house. Will destroying all of these artefacts put the demonic woman to rest and free the player from this nightmare? There’s only one way to find out.

With its new name comes multiple new features, hiding inside ‘Dread Mode’:

• In-Game Map: The map will show the location of locked doors within the house, as well as the corresponding symbol on the key that is required to unlock it. Additionally, the map will show the position of safe areas, strong boxes, and keyed cupboards and safes.

• Player Endurance: Players will have more stamina at the start of their gameplay session and faster recovery.

• Enhanced Flashlight Functionality: The flashlight will be self-rechargeable when it is turned off, saving players from having to hunt for batteries.

• Reduced Difficulty: Some gameplay sequences will have reduced difficulty for those that prefer less of a challenge.

• Visual Hints: The new mode uses more light sources that give players hints towards the right path.

To make sure that the game isn’t too easy for those players in search of scares with a side of challenge, there’s the ‘Terror Mode’ which removes some of the helpful features from above, along with 46 new Steam Achievements. Something for everyone inside the walls of Atkinson House, it seems.

The Dark Occult is available on Steam for £19.49 ($24.99). I’m intrigued, so will be trying to get my hands on a review copy and heading into Atkinson House for myself. Join me there, won’t you?

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Ryan Noble
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If Ryan isn't watching, reading or playing some form of horror, he's probably writing about it. He used to be an Editor at Indie Game Magazine so he has a soft spot for independent creators, especially when they're creating fear. Whether you're one such creator, or a fellow horror fan, let's speak about spooks on Twitter or email.
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