Layers of Fear

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Based on 75 critic reviews
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Jan 31, 2020

Layers of Fear isn’t trying to be anything that it isn’t. Know that you’re walking into, a horror story told in a way to let your imagination get the better of you and build an increasingly scary setting.

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Blake Supple

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2.5 / 5.0
Oct 15, 2018

Layers of Fear is Scary Beautiful But Scary Boring!

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8 / 10
Feb 15, 2018

Nintendo Switch finally has its first great horror game in Layers Of Fear: Legacy. The creativity in its scares helps to keep you guessing about what's around every corner, and even then, its unique set-pieces will most certainly surprise you anyway. Slightly lacklustre gameplay aside, the plot's descent into madness, the title's dedication to messing with your expectations to set up a scare, and the simple fact that this is a solid Switch port, means that this is horrific experience is one you won't want to miss out on.

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8.8 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2017

Layers of Fear is a Psychological horror Game with amazing story that takes you deep and deeper in every steps of the game and shows you fear in the layers of art. It's a game that Definitely worth trying and even Replaying. if you are a fan of horror Game with amazing Story, Layers of Fear is one of the best choices for you that you shouldn't miss. Go and find the fears of an artist in layers of his brain..

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Aug 9, 2016

Layers of Fear offers horror fans the opportunity to delve into the mindset of an artist descending into insanity.

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7.8 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2016

Can the protagonist forgive her father, or does she bother about everything that has happened in the house?

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Aug 2, 2016

The painter's tale is told from his daughter's perspective, offering a fresh take on the story with some much-needed gameplay additions.

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7.8 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2016

All in all Layers of Fear was a fun experience and honestly was a bit of fresh air compared to the multitude of horror games that have been coming out lately (not that I'm complaining).

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5 / 10
May 11, 2016

Beautiful setpieces and a great atmosphere don't make up for the same old gameplay. While it doesn't need to reinvent the wheel, Layers of Fear should at least aim to do the same old thing as well as it can. It would seem that "as well as it can" is very much a "means justify the ends" approach, and the ends are stale mechanics done just well enough that they work.

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games™ Team

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6 / 10
Apr 13, 2016

Creepy location, poor pacing

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