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Basically, we just got a new Silent Hill game, and you can try it for free

The opening of Silent Hill 3 is one of the scariest scenes in video game history. That’s when Heather gets lost inside Lakeside Amusement Park, walking on the roller coaster. You know something is coming – it’s that heavy, worrying, oppressive weight of a bad dream. And when it happens again later in the game, it’s doubly scary. Inspired by Konami’s groundbreaking psychological horror fest and the classic era of fixed-camera survival horror that gave us Resident Evil, this recently released indie game feels like a new Silent Hill game, and you can even try it out free.

This is Crow Country, a new horror game from independent developer Adam Vian, under the SFB Games studio label. Directly inspired by Silent Hill 3, as well as old Resident Evil, and its many spiritual cousins ​​like Parasite Eve and Cold Fear, the game follows Mara, who investigates the disappearance of the owner of the eponymous amusement park.

Once a thriving family attraction, Crow Country has become a twisted burlesque of camp and Americana, reminiscent of Konami’s rust-and-chain-link otherworldliness. Malfunctioning animatronics, seemingly sentient vending machines – it would almost be funny, if it weren’t so scary.

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Crow Country’s combat and puzzles draw heavily from classic survival horror, but aesthetically they’re closer to more innocuous PS1 hits like Harvest Moon. It’s a gripping clash – the gruesome and the mundane – that helps accentuate the nuances and aspects of the game. Crow Country is currently available on Steam, but if you’d like to try before you buy, there’s also a free demo – meet here. Likewise, PCGamesN recently spoke with Vian about the game’s inspirations and its direct references to Silent Hill.

You might also want to try some of the best survival games, if you like horror with a more realistic edge, or perhaps the best indie games if you want a change from the mainstream.

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