Sanctuary Interactive’s Latency looks really good. It should be interesting to explore a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure set in a world where the internet is heavily regulated and controlled. Still, I’d only just heard of Sanctuary Interactive a few days ago when they released a free horror point-and-click game, All the Way Down. Were they any good? After giving All the Way Down a few minutes of your time, it may just leave you thinking that the folks at Sanctuary are going to be titans in the point-and-click genre.
All the Way Down tells a simple story that will be pretty familiar to Lovecraft fanatics. Lost guy finds town, talks to locals who strongly recommend he leaves, but he doesn’t, and life doesn’t end well. It should be a trope all of its own, but Sanctuary worked hard to make it their own, giving players a powerful atmosphere with music, artwork, character design, and voice acting. Within each of these categories, the developers use small details to show that something is very off about the town you’re exploring. Whether its through the voice acting, sound, or just the way your character is treated, the game does its best to have players feeling uncomfortable and unsafe as quickly as possible. All the Way Down is short, and the developers do their best not to waste any time with it.
It’s a tiny package, clocking in at less than half an hour, but as a free demo of the skills the studio has, it shows off a lot within its short duration. This may also be the first instance of believable British voice acting that I’ve ever heard, and deserves a playthrough for that reason alone. All the Way Down aspires to do quite a few things really well within a short time frame, and anyone curious to see if Sanctuary Interactive has pulled it off can go download the game for free from Adventure Game Studio.