There's an eerie juxtaposition between the cutesy top-down visuals of 16-bit Super Nintendo-era games and the kind of scares that only a Japanese horror can deliver. No need to take our word for it, however, as you can see for yourselves once again in the newly-released adventure The Witch's House MV.
Originally launched as a freeware adventure in 2012 by indie developer Fummy, the game tells the story of Viola, a "young girl drawn inexorably to a mysterious manor that seems to change behind her back." Once inside, players will find that it is "a place of pain, turmoil and death." Now trapped, you must attempt to "plumb its detestable depths and abominable history. Untangle riddles that bar your perilous path. And in desperation, try to flee the hellish halls of The Witch’s House."
This updated version of the game promises to retain the "core horror elements" of the original while completely remastering the visuals with lovely retro RPG-style pixel art that "conceals truly frightening horror." Again, though, we caution you not to let these delightful graphics fool you, as the mansion is filled with fatal traps and "sudden deaths that lurk around every corner and await every misstep," some of them extremely violent and gory. Adding even more tension, The Witch's House MV has fixed save points, though a more accessible difficulty setting allows for players to "instantly try" the fateful event over. On the other end of the spectum, a more difficult mode with additional content has also been implemented, though it is only "unlocked by those who manage to reach the game's true ending."
Just in time for Halloween, The Witch's House MV is available now on Steam, exclusively for Windows PC.