Back during the summer, I played and reviewed Ib – a free 2D adventure puzzler. Well, this is another game of this type. That’s also the reason why I chose to play it in the first place – the way the story is conveyed and the gameplay are really casual, but very interesting at the same time. Additionally, as with Ib, I heard of it through the famous youtuber PewDiePie. Since I didn’t want to spoil it for myself by watching the walkthrough, I decided to first complete it myself.
In short, the story was fascinating. You play as a little girl named Aya. She lives in a big mansion together with her father and a young female servant. Her mother died not so long ago, and the girl still misses her. Her father is a scientist, and keeps conducting mysterious human experiments in the basement – something that both Aya and her mother were aware of, but did nothing to stop him. Instead, they agreed to love him forever, no matter what happens. Now, a few years after the promise between the mother and daughter, something terrible happens. During the night, Aya suddenly heard her father’s scream, and strange events start happening in the mansion. She must now find her father, to save him, and do that before she’s caught by the creatures that are now crawling all around the rooms and corridors.
Good setting and plot, which give the relatively short game good potential. As with other similar games created with the RPG-making programs, Mad Father has 3 different endings – based on the few decisions you make throughout the game. The endings are also affected by the actions you take – for example collecting certain items or objects. If you manage to find all the collectibles, you will also get an additional scene at the end of the true ending. I must say, though, that the only thing you miss out on by not getting all the collectible gems or making a different major decision is information. The more you act according to the true story, the more you learn about the background of the story and the character’s motives.
However, leaving the story aside, what makes this game truly great is the way the atmosphere is created. I admit, it’s been a while since I last played a horror game – I get scared too easily by all the walking around dark corridors with various monsters growling behind closed doors. I have never been scared by 2D games, though. Before playing Mad Father, I couldn’t even understand how it is possible to get really scared by one. Now I know what it feels like. All the sound effects and music in this game, together with jump-scares and creepy rooms turn this into a real horror game. At times it made my heart go much faster, wishing for the calm and positive music to start already – while getting a doll with a knife to chase me instead.
Anyway, as I mentioned in the beginning of this review, Mad Father is a free game. It was developed by a Japanese person, so the original game was also in Japanese. A few weeks ago it was translated into English (some sentences were left not translated in the version I played, though), making it playable for everyone. Therefore – I really recommend you to try it. Just give it a go – the whole game took me around 2 hours to complete (a lot of this was me just randomly wandering around the place, trying to figure out how to proceed further in the story), so it is quite short. You wouldn’t be losing much by playing it – with a big possibility to actually like the game and get a positive experience. Once again, it’s free – just give it a go and you won’t regret it!