Bloodious Games has been developing MADiSON since 2016, and it’s incredible to see a project of this magnitude come to fruition from a team of only two people. MADiSON creates a harrowing experience for fans to feast on, with its outstanding atmospheric tension, eccentric camera mechanic, and psychedelic puzzles. Apart from being a horror game, it also showcases some truly artistic stages and mythos. There are some beautiful landscapes to explore and investigate as you plunge into a spiral of insanity. After all, you are the Mad Son.
MADiSON is consistent, and that’s one of the key factors in a great horror game. A lot of games tend to struggle with a sluggish second act after an incredible opener or fall off in the final act, but that does not happen here. The puzzles remain a delight to solve, the tension never eases up, and just when you think you’re safe, a light will flicker, and you’ll catch a glimpse of the monster and you’ll need to change your pants. Beyond this, the story and lore is disturbing on a true crime level and manages to maintain its pacing. Suffice it to say, MADiSON is an unnerving, unsettling, and truly terrifying experience.
MADiSON is an excellent psychological horror title bolstered by clever puzzles and a constant atmosphere of dread. It's well-paced giving players just enough of a breath to then take on the next challenge. Some quality of life updates, such as increasing the number of options in the settings and removing the safe could benefit the game. Ultimately however, those are only small issues in an otherwise fantastic game.
All in all, MADiSON is a good game but a mediocre horror. I have some serious issues with it, but I can’t dismiss the potential. I believe the next game will be able to compete with Visage, and I’m already waiting for it impatiently.
Madison loses itself to out-of-place flights of fancy during its middle periods, allowing you to time-travel as you solve a series of colour-coded painting puzzles that do little to advance the overall plot of the game, and feel more like placeholders than real, mechanically or thematically-relevant puzzles. It says a lot about the audio and visual design of the game that this lack of self-control doesn’t actually impact the experience too much. That said, if you’re the kind of person who gets easily hung up on inventory puzzles, Madison may test your patience as much as it tests your nerves.
The game is a decent short game
It tries to be super creepy but tbh it kind of fails, don't get me wrong, it IS creepy, but it tries to hard, you hear creaks all over, which is ok, but then there is the doors sound, even when there is no door moving or even doors nearby, you still hear the noise, it would be more scary if you actually heard it when a door starts to move on its onw
Then you hear a voice calling at you, that IS creepy and was well made
The puzzles are ok, there are some extremely easy, there are some extremely complicated, and there is the fact that most puzzles do not hold your hand, which some might think is good, some not so much, and there is the fact that you get peaces of a puzzle way before you can actually use them, which makes someone that likes to organize and finish stuff that he gets immediately a bit antsy lol
The story is middling, could've been better but does the job, although there are some things that make no sense, but I won't add spoilers here
There are some glitches(mostly graphic) here and there but there are not that many
The ending is kind of underwhelming, it is like a Stephen King movie, where you have a cool development but the ending lets you down
Overall for the around 5hrs you play, it is good
Good Game in general, good envrioment, the puzzles are fine, but some items and things are just inconsistent, need get better in some things but is playable and enjoyble. And in one night you can get your horror dosis.
SummaryWhat would you do if you woke up locked in a dark room, with your hands covered in blood? Play as Luca, and endure the brute torture of MADiSON, a demon that has forced him to continue a gory ritual started decades ago, making him commit abominable acts. Will you be able to finish this sinister ceremony?