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  • Summary: Inmates 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. 70
    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.
  2. Oct 8, 2017
    64
    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.
  3. Oct 6, 2017
    55
    Is Inmates one of the better horror games I've played? No. Is it one of the worst I've played? Far from it. Inmates has two things going for it, absolutely nailing it on the aesthetic of the setting and pulling me in with a desire to know the outcome of the story. It's a short chore to work through, but one that I can say that I'm glad I did.
  4. Oct 5, 2017
    50
    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.
  5. Oct 31, 2017
    42
    A horror game with few scares, Inmates is imprisoned by its lack of ambition.
  6. Oct 9, 2017
    35
    As an exploration title the environments are dull, and navigating them is a chore. As a puzzle game, it’s a cakewalk. As a narrative, the framework of a solid concept is spoiled by poor presentation and pacing. As a horror game, it’s not scary. What Andreasyan was able to create here all by himself couldn’t have been simple or easy, but tell that to the person who has thousands of Steam games to choose from and a finite amount of time and money to spend on them.
  7. Oct 4, 2017
    30
    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.

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  1. Oct 11, 2017
    9
    The game is pretty intriguing. Although it's not a "Horror" game as advertised, the game contains horror elements. The exploration is prettyThe 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. Expand
  2. May 2, 2018
    7
    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 wellI'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. Expand