I have played a good number of minimalist games, most of them puzzles, but I’ve never played a horror game with such a style. Dark Echo, from RAC7 Games, offers this experience to the players, trapping them into complete darkness where the only option to survive and explore is the use of echoes caused by the player’s own footsteps.
In Dark Echo, the sound is represented by straight lines that bounce off the walls and objects of each stage, guiding the player to understand the shape of the rooms. Different objects react in different ways when the sound bounces off them. Deadly objects are represented by red lines, water by blue and the exit is represented by a stronger density of white lines. As it’s expected, if the player touches any red obstacle, they die.
The game was originally made for Ludum Dare 26 under the title of You Must Escape, and ranked #2 overall. In February, as reported on IGM, the game got a definitive and polished version for iOS and Android mobile devices. Recently, the developers announced that the game was released on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux on May 11th at a launch price of $1.99 until May 18th. After that, the game will be priced at $2.99.
For those interested, Dark Echo on PC can be found on Steam, and the mobile versions can also be found in the App Store or Play Store, both at $1.99. Any other information can also be found on the game’s official website.