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  • Summary: Layers of Fear is a psychedelic horror where you take control over an insane painter in his quest to finish his magnum opus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Feb 14, 2016
    100
    The true masterpiece is the endless struggle to create art. Jump scares and predictable tricks in horror games won't work anymore. The story of the artist is intriguing while still making you feel tense and uneasy about what you see. Layers of Fear made story, gameplay, and atmosphere work together in harmony.
  2. Feb 24, 2016
    90
    Layers of Fear is probably the scariest game of all time. A nightmarish journey through the mind of a deranged talented painter. Riveting atmosphere, fitting music and otherworldly scenes are going to haunt your thoughts for several days after the completion of your walkthrough. Magnificent.
  3. Feb 24, 2016
    85
    If you're a horror fan, or even just a fan of storylines that make you think, Layers of Fear should be right up your alley. Though it can be completed in a couple of sittings or less, it's an experience not easily forgotten.
  4. Feb 14, 2016
    75
    This horror experience infuses deep feelings of fear, both through great sound and images. However there should have been bigger interactions and extended puzzle solutions.
  5. Mar 4, 2016
    70
    Despite the abundance of clichés, you can see that a lot of effort went into setting the right tone and atmosphere. There are some downright mind-blowing scenes and unique uses of audio and color.
  6. Feb 14, 2016
    70
    On the surface, this is a simplistic horror game with a claustrophobic atmosphere and plenty of creepy moments. The straightforward puzzles and unusual visuals give it wide appeal. Beneath that there are secrets to uncover and the subliminal pleasure of playing as the monster. For those that want to probe deeper there are angles of art and psychology to ponder. Stacked up like the rickety tiers of a gothic building, Layers of Fear proves aptly named.
  7. Feb 15, 2016
    20
    In other words, not so much a game as a tool to drive traffic to someone’s YouTube channel. That’s not game development. It’s pandering.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 96
  2. Negative: 20 out of 96
  1. Aug 27, 2015
    10
    The best horror game this year! Absolutely amazing mood, groundbreaking visual style. It looks a way better then PT. There is just one snag -The best horror game this year! Absolutely amazing mood, groundbreaking visual style. It looks a way better then PT. There is just one snag - you better don't play this game alone at night! Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2017
    10
    I bought this game in early acess, i was amazed with the concept of the game,absolutely delicious game play!
    The graphics where amazing,so
    I bought this game in early acess, i was amazed with the concept of the game,absolutely delicious game play!
    The graphics where amazing,so detailed,the pictures melting,the classic jump scares but twisted and waiting just the right moment.
    when i got the finished game i went straight on playing it to the end,some parts of it where mind blowing!with effects ,immersion,darkness and the heavy environment!

    Games like this,there are many but only some became masterpieces!

    i slash a 10/10
    (for greatness)
    (if the devs are seeing this...im waiting for the new game,surprise me)
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  3. Sep 29, 2018
    9
    one of the best walking sim horror (usually I don't like game like that ) game that keep me on my toes .. and it is the first game that buildone of the best walking sim horror (usually I don't like game like that ) game that keep me on my toes .. and it is the first game that build on unity engine that have less problem

    Story 10/10
    Realistic 8/10
    Graphic 9/10
    Game play 9/10
    Sound 10/10
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    Total 9.2

    Single player time max 4 h
    Worth to buy this game with $ 19.99 no you can wait to get it around $ 10
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  4. Feb 18, 2016
    7
    Great graphics and artistic style allows for a very somber classic feeling of a mansion of undetermined size and layout. The sound is somewhatGreat graphics and artistic style allows for a very somber classic feeling of a mansion of undetermined size and layout. The sound is somewhat more generic but good enough. The story is told via narration as well as loose notes that are scattered similar to ... which is also similar in terms of exploration of scenery.

    While the game at first appears to allow quite a lot of freedom (in the first few minutes) - it puts the player on very strict rails very soon - offering only very small portions to be explored in strict order.

    Puzzles are there but do not exceed novice level (like a combination that will be visible when you turn around or similar)

    While the ambient lightning, the decor and style suggests rather subtle suspense and the notes rather suggest subtle and incremental buildup of tension ... the actual "scare" effects are a fairly big let down - for they mainly consist of rather cheap jump scares of the most generic type. That gets to a point where one can almost reliably predict the next scare.

    All the while the game still looks fabulous and feels like a very finished product.

    The game is good enough and well worth playing ... but for me - it certainly is not one of the top adventure games (or whatever category that kind of game is)

    ps.: oh, and i really, really HATE that kind of savegame system on PC. (similar to Ethan Carter before it was patched) - the save points are too far apart - resulting in sometimes rather larger portions of the game to be replayed (which kind of kills it for scripted jump scares).

    I really wished for either auto-save upon exiting the game (ironman-like) or custom saves. - eventually it might be patched though... .
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  5. Nov 15, 2017
    7
    ENG
    Three or four hours wandering around the house, opening every possible drawer, door, reading notes, admiring the paintings and the
    ENG
    Three or four hours wandering around the house, opening every possible drawer, door, reading notes, admiring the paintings and the collection of the grains of what had happened in this house and with whom. I want to highlight that the developers have not just released a simulator of a tramp in the dark in the scary house which is very much we have already played, there's a good soundtrack, not a bad atmosphere, a suitable design models, it is not a stupid slasher film, some not horror at all, since there is no dumb of the game, the only thing that will be bad, so this pattern which will be always next to music (on headphones a pleasure to pass). The game is designed not for one pass, there are several endings that you do during the game their actions will earn. I was pleased to play this game, although I am not a fan of this genres of games, but again, the developers really tried.

    RU
    Три - четыре часа блуждания по дому, открывания всех возможных ящиков, дверей, чтение записок, любование картинами и собрания по крупинкам, что же произошло в этом доме и с кем. Хочется выделить, что разработчики не просто выпустили симулятор бродяги в темноте по страшному дому, каких очень много мы уже успели поиграть, здесь есть хороший саундтрек, не плохая атмосфера, подходящий дизайн моделей, это не тупой ужастик, для некоторых не хоррор вовсе, так как здесь нет дурацких скримеров, единственное от чего будет не по себе, так эта картины которые будут всегда рядом и музыкальное сопровождение (в наушниках отдельное удовольствие проходить). Игра рассчитана далеко не на одно прохождение, в ней несколько концовок, которые вы сами по ходу игры своими действиями заработаете. Мне было приятно сыграть в эту игру, хоть я и не поклонник данного жанры игр, но повторюсь, разработчики действительно постарались.
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  6. Feb 28, 2016
    5
    I'm not particularly impressed by this game, the horror element in my opinion is very weak consisting almost entirely of jump scares andI'm not particularly impressed by this game, the horror element in my opinion is very weak consisting almost entirely of jump scares and spooky sounds, there is no element of danger to the game which consists entirely of walking through linear rooms and getting the occasional object, I assume there is some kind of story from the notes laying around but frankly I couldn't be bothered since it isn't going to help you in any way, if they game had some puzzles and more non-linear exploration it could have been good but as it stands it's nothing special.
    The graphics are rather nice, they've clearly put quite a bit of effort in to the special effects, lighting and making the game look authentic, sound and voice acting is fairly well done as well.
    Unfortunately gameplay is what really matters and this game just doesn't have it.
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  7. Mar 3, 2022
    0
    Всегда считал, что игры вне политики! Не ожидал от игровой студии, которая должна ориентироваться на обычных игроков и то, чтобы дарить людямВсегда считал, что игры вне политики! Не ожидал от игровой студии, которая должна ориентироваться на обычных игроков и то, чтобы дарить людям хорошие эмоции…что студия будет наказывать обычных людей за решения принятые правительством! Раз игровая студия решила вмешаться в политику, то и оценку она получит не за игру! Expand

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