Inmates grabs you right off the bat and starts yelling in your face: you are screaming and afraid, but at the end of it all, you’ll probably tell your friends that they need to come over and get yelled at, too. Besides the game world being well designed, and the sounds making you check over your shoulder every few minutes, the creativity, the puzzles, and the story offer an experience that is to die for.
Inmates has its share of creepy moments but it's mostly horror done by the numbers. Puzzles are rather easy and the story build-up won't thrill veterans of the genre, but it may have something to offer to newcomers.
The game is pretty intriguing. Although it's not a "Horror" game as advertised, the game contains horror elements. The exploration is pretty interesting, with a lot of psychological and real life references. Overall I liked the game, the puzzles were pretty interesting. With the day one fixes the things that disturbed me the most got fixed. The story line was amazing. It was pretty hard to guess what the ending would be like. Totally worth the money spent, highly recommended. This is a full 9 considering that all the work was done by 1 developer. Keep up the good work, waiting for new titles.
Абсолютно не страшный симулятор ходьбы с элементарными головоломками. Сюжет такой же какой и у других хорроров с такой концепцией ( я уже знал концовку игры, только начав её, и не прогадал).
Inmates seems undecided on what it wants to be. There are not enough puzzles to call it a puzzle game and not enough scares for it to be a true horror. In its current state, Inmates plays more like a promising proof of concept than a finished product. It’s a shame that these different elements don’t form a cohesive whole, because — beneath the rough edges — Inmates has an original, worthwhile story to tell.
Inmates is a textbook example of untapped potential. It’s obvious what the developer was trying to accomplish, but was only partly successful. The ingredients for psychological horror are present but they just never come together in a meaningful way. Inmates features the grand environment that is perfect to get under one’s skin but slow gameplay, linear progression, predictable storyline and reliance on jump scares takes a promising premise and leaves it mired in mediocrity. It’s a short time investment and inexpensive, so if it sounds interesting, there is some enjoyment to be had playing through it but there’s better options for those looking for a cerebral fright fix. It’s impressive for a technical project accomplished by one person, but unfortunately that is not something that factors into how enjoyable a gaming experience is.
Inmates had ambitious intentions and a few good ideas, but these were not executed well at all. Fear and thrills were extinguished by the questionable shaking head effect and the game’s puzzles remained overly simplistic and did not feel challenging or rewarding to complete. In addition, I encountered a number of bugs that stopped me from progressing, at points. While this game may be attractively short for some, I cannot recommend the experience.
I'd have to say that I did feel a little bit disappointed with Inmates. It had some great moments and a few nice ideas that worked really well the first few times. But it didn't blow my socks off as much as I was hoping for.
The game is primitive. With unsightly graphics. Doesn't require any special skills. Doesn't require thinking. Using genre clichés. But ... This game is conceptually a complete story and it's fun to follow. I would rather call it a game visual novel. If the developers reduced it more or tried to make a cartoon on the engine ... Perhaps it would be more interesting.
SummaryInmates is a story-driven, atmospheric psychological horror game in which you must find out the truth behind your confinement and uncover the dark secrets of the run-down prison you find yourself in. Delve deep into your psyche while trying to stay sane, in this most disturbing of horror games.