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General Information

Available on:PCSep 6, 2019

Developer: _k.y

Publisher: Chilla's Art

Genres: Adventure, Simulation, Action, Horror

Okaeri is a Japanese horror game about a middle school girl and her mother who recently moved to a new house. It's 6:00 pm, coming back home expecting a welcome from your mom, instead, she finds unexpected things happening before her eyes. The game is inspired by short omniverse Japanese horror films. Key Features: Immersive experience: An atmospheric photo-realistic graphics intensifies the horror experience. The minimalistic design makes the player fully immersed in the ambiance. VHS film aesthetic: VHS aesthetic emulates look and feel of CRT screens including phosphor screen trail and bleeding, VHS tape noise, interlacing, and jitter in the analog video signal adding extra immersion to the horror experience. A short narrative exploration: An exploration heavily focused on ambiance and narrative. Collect pieces of the past and present to find out what's going on from the protagonist's perspective with native Japanese voice acting which enhances the player's experience. People who love games like Gone Home and The First Tree might love this part of the game. The testers played for about 20-40min. Gameplay: This game is played primarily like a "walking simulator." Psychological horror: You are alone, but feels like someone is watching you. Keep going and you'll find out.

Okaeri Critic Reviews

This somewhat gentler approach, singular conclusion and short runtime — it probably won’t take you any longer than about 20-30 minutes to beat the game, even if you explore the environments thoroughly — has led the game to have somewhat mixed user reviews on Steam — but if you enjoy Chilla’s Art’s other work, Okaeri is worth experiencing. If nothing else, it’s a good indication of how their work has developed since 2019 — but that likewise they’ve always had a good understanding of how to create a powerful sense of atmosphere through relatively minimal visual assets and astonishingly good use of sound.

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