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Generally favorable reviews- based on 394 Ratings

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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: 41 out of 82
  2. Negative: 12 out of 82
  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. Aug 8, 2018
    10
    an experience I won't forget, it brings all the hidden feelings inside you in a terrorized version, disgust, hate and empathy, you'll feelan experience I won't forget, it brings all the hidden feelings inside you in a terrorized version, disgust, hate and empathy, you'll feel more than you should in a video game. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2019
    9
    Terrific casual horror. Excellent background music, excellent visual distortion and work with paintings.
    In general, the idea of a corridor
    Terrific casual horror. Excellent background music, excellent visual distortion and work with paintings.
    In general, the idea of a corridor chorus, as well as its gameplay moments, is taken from P.T. (about which we all grieve), but the developers have managed to translate it into their own way.

    It's pretty creepy to play. And the level with the children's so also and really scary.
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  4. Sep 29, 2018
    7
    Very good horror game.
    it tool me like 3.5 hours to finish.
    I liked it that it is short. you cant go wrong. very creepy and psychedelic in
    Very good horror game.
    it tool me like 3.5 hours to finish.
    I liked it that it is short.
    you cant go wrong.
    very creepy and psychedelic in a good and professional way
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  5. Feb 16, 2016
    7
    This a game is not bad. It has nice design, decent graphic, good soundtrack and horror atmosphere. Unfortunately game scares you not withThis a game is not bad. It has nice design, decent graphic, good soundtrack and horror atmosphere. Unfortunately game scares you not with elements listed above but with jumpscares. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2020
    6
    So, this game is not scary. It tries to affect your psychological health but after 1 hour playing this game, you begin to accustom to thisSo, this game is not scary. It tries to affect your psychological health but after 1 hour playing this game, you begin to accustom to this atmosphere. Also, it tries to scare you by some screamers and a lot of fast running models. you're not afraid to play it. Perhaps a couple of times you will jump out of your chair, not from fear, but from surprise. I`ve completed a lot of horror games and I am sure, that this game can not be scary.
    In the conclusion, I want to say that I recommend playing this game only if you want to feel something unusual, but this feeling will end in 1-2 hours of gameplay.
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  7. Jun 13, 2016
    0
    It isn't scary, at all. Its just weird images, and jump scares. It lacks atmosphere, it lacks mood. It also rips of off better, scarier,It isn't scary, at all. Its just weird images, and jump scares. It lacks atmosphere, it lacks mood. It also rips of off better, scarier, horror games, such as PT and Amnesia. Expand

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