#WeeklyGameMusic: New week, new music.
Welp, I’m in the mood for a RPGMaker horror game. Here’s a pretty darn good one, with a simple but moving narrative, forgiving horror mechanic, and very likable characters. KaRASU’s rearrangement of kouri’s Title Theme does a great justice to Ib‘s use of juvenile perspective to increase its creepiness factor. Welcome to Ib‘s mystical art gallery, where the lead character’s 9-year-old innocence can’t save the gallery’s dark influence on her sanity.
Ib is a 9-year-old girl walking around curiously through the legendary Weise Guertena’s art gallery with her parents until she comes upon one large, very immersive painting. It’s at this moment that the lights turns off, all visitors (including Ib’s parents) disappears, mysterious writings starts appearing on the walls, and the paintings starts to animate and even make creepy sounds. Amidst the horror and confusion from all the commotions, Ib finds herself staring at a floor installation depicting the ocean that’s begging her to jump in. And so she does, into the prideful, distrusting, and envious world of Guertena’s finest works.
Ib is a story-driven RPGMaker horror game that is thankfully tame on both story and horror. This surprisingly well-balanced adventure involves avoiding enemies while solving very clever puzzles, and learning more about each character that joins your party. While the game is very forgiving, with a unique 5-hit-point health meter depicted by an image of a rose, the method of recovering health is very limited.
Ib is available on the PC for free. An English translation of this Japanese game can be found here: http://vgperson.com/games/ib.htm