It's been a long time since the final bell tolled on the Clock Tower series, but fans of the classic PlayStation horror series (and horror fans in general) can rejoice at the return of designer Hifumi Kono, as well Takashi Shimizu, the director of The Grudge, in a new PC adventure called Project Scissors: NightCry.
In NightCry, you have been invited aboard a decadent ship for what turns out to be the "cruise of a (possibly short) lifetime." You'll soon discover that "while your surroundings are luxurious and the guests are friendly, not everything is as it should be. The guests and the crew start to turn up dead, the victims of some foul murderer." The survivors become increasingly suspicious of each other, and as night falls a "baby’s cry echoes throughout." Your task is to explore the ship, talk to your fellow passengers and crew, and "search for clues that will lead you to the killer as you float, lost, on the open sea. But be forewarned – your actions will determine how many survive to the end."
NightCry shares many similarities with its spiritual predecessors. It's primarily a 3D point-and-click adventure in which you "investigate the strange and often gruesome happenings. Players click on objects in the environment to investigate and obtain items, helping to solve puzzles and gain more clues." However, you will also be stalked by a "dark presence" brought on board by a group of stowaway cultists. With no weapons or means of defending yourself against this danger, your only option is to "run or hide in order to survive your encounters with this evil." Escaping won't be easy, however, as "this evil force isn’t confined to simply roaming the ship's hallways, elevators, or rooms." The decisions you make and the actions you take will determine your fate in one of a number of multiple endings.
Originally announced as a mobile-only title for iOS, Android, and Vita, the developers have taken to Kickstarter to give the game a large screen treatment on PC. To do that, they'll need to raise an ambitious $300,000 goal by February 23rd. An minimum $25 pledge will get you a downloadable copy of the game upon completion, projected for the end of this year. To support the game and learn more about Project Scissors: NightCry, visit the Kickstarter page for complete details.