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Available on:PCOct 30, 2020

Developer: Cael O'Sullivan

Publisher: Hidden Track

Genres: Adventure, Horror

SHUT IN is a short dark comedy/psychological horror adventure game which explores depression and isolation by trapping you inside your own house. Your task is simple: Get out of bed, go outside, and get some Fresh Air. Think you can handle that? Oh, but it might not be quite that simple. Your house isn't looking quite like it used to. You don't recognise any of these photos, everything's gotten dirty and disgusting, cracks seem to be opening up everywhere, and you're SURE everything didn't used to be so... constantly trying to kill you. Maybe it's not worth it. Maybe go back to bed. Try again tomorrow. If you do decide to keep going, you'll have to face strange puzzles, bizarre and uncomfortable obstacles, and a narrator who is unreliable at best, and downright insulting at worst. You'll have to get through your day under a constant barrage of judgment, sarcasm, and melancholy. If you can cope with that. Idiot. SHUT IN is about tension and discomfort in a familiar environment. Your greatest tools are also your worst enemies. Common sense will keep you alive, but it might not get you very far. Curiosity can have great rewards, but will probably just get you killed. But don't worry. When you (inevitably) die - because you fell down the stairs, were too stupid to operate an oven properly, got ripped apart by untold invisible horror, something like that - you can always just give up. Try again tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day. --SHUT IN is a short game. It will take you 1-2 hours to experience everything, depending how quick you are with puzzles.-- KEY FEATURES: Over a dozen unique ways to die! Probably a way to survive! Original atmospheric horror soundtrack by composer Luc Wilkinson. Everything else done by person/mess Cael O'Sullivan. A dangerous house full of original puzzles, and loads of ways to get them wrong! A hint system which isn't that helpful, and often insults you! Multiple items to experiment with, each with tons of unique interactions that solve no puzzles and achieve nothing. Option to just stay in bed forever! Quite short, so it's over quicker! Writing up these features is exhausting... Try again tomorrow.

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Steve C
6 / 10

Shut In is a short experience with a price to match and it's one that I mostly enjoyed. That said, I do have a particularly dark sense of humour and was able to separate the game from my own mental health struggles. The tone here is so mocking that it won't be for everyone and I'm still in two minds as to whether it is hoping to raise awareness or simply using mental suffering for entertainment. I'm inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt, but your mileage may vary. Unlike our current situation, this is one period of isolation that isn't mandatory.

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Shut In captures these unprecedented times in a small but unique package. With depth far beyond the initial on-the-surface horror story, this experience taps into the evocativeness of a mental health crisis, and the commentary it makes on the dread suffered by those with mental illnesses is powerful. It isn't all deep, though. The narrator successfully plays on the Undertale vibe and the comedic elements within such a tonally dark tale come across very well.

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A psychological horror game full of puzzles that make you afraid to do anything in your house, including getting out of bed. The game deals with depression, isolation and how that affects your inner dialogue and feelings.

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Shut In had to grow on me. I spent an awful lot of time frustrated with it before I considered its original angle of conveying the emotions (or lack thereof) felt during quarantine, and that new perspective allowed me to look past the otherwise annoying issues. If you’re looking for a commentary on the effects of the pandemic on an already fragile psyche, Shut In just might be up your alley.

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