Lovecraft-influenced roguelike Phantasmal creeps onto Early Access


Sanity-eroding survival horror meets procedural generation

New Zealand-based indie studioEyemobi has released its Kickstarteredsurvival horror roguelikePhantasmal: City of Darkness onto Steam Early Access.

If you’re unfamiliar with the project, Phantasmalis described by its creators asa procedurally-generated action horror game. Influences on thetitle include videogame horror staple Silent Hill,iconic roguelike The Binding of Isaac, as well as thewritings ofcelebratedweird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft.

Phantasmal isset in a fictional version of the infamous Kowloon Walled City,before its destruction in the ’90s. It’s a darkly beautiful-looking title, with atmospheric environments created by Hollywood lighting director Brian Bell, whose work includes films such as The Life of Pi, Riddick, and The Ring 2.

Eyemobi’s twisted take on the FPS roguelike strongly encourages stealth over combat and incorporates a Lovecraft-inspired sanity meter which diminishes your mental and physical states as you encounter the title’s numerous, shamblinghorrors.

Phantasmalalso plays with an interestinglight mechanic, forcing you to sacrifice your ability to see your nightmarish pursuers by extinguishing your flashlight when in their presence oralternatively quickly goinsane if you face them in your light’s glare.

If you’d like to learn more about thisdelectably creepy take on the roguelike, please make sure to drop by its Steam page or the official website for more information. Phantasmal is currently available for the PC and is priced at $14.99.