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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: 34 out of 66
  2. Negative: 9 out of 66
  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. Feb 23, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In the mind of schizophrenic, addicted to the alcohol, grieving man. I feel sick playing this, but in the good way. This game really moved me to the core. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2016
    9
    this critic is in spanish

    Wow,me e pasado hace poco este juego y la verdad es que me a sorprendido y mucho. Este es un juego de miedo pero
    this critic is in spanish

    Wow,me e pasado hace poco este juego y la verdad es que me a sorprendido y mucho.
    Este es un juego de miedo pero algo peculiar,usa mucho la repeticion y bebe mucho de P.T por no decir que es casi igual pero me gusta y mucho,el mirar hacia algun lado y al darse la vuelta ves que todo cambia es flipante de narices,de quedarse aplaudiendo en algunas ocasiones de lo tremendo que es

    El miedito:

    En cuanto al terror te digo que es bueno,en algunas ocasiones recurre al susto facil(cosa que no me gusta) pero cuando estas con los cascos a tope y la habitacion a oscuras es facilisimo sumergirte en el juego y sentir de verdad miedo.

    Historia:
    Como no la historia tambien es buena,nose si por cosa propia(ya que me encantan las historias contadas con pequeños guiños,sutilezas y notas osea que no te cuenta la historia de sopeton)
    pero la verdad que es bastante buena y el final tambien.

    Graficos:

    Simplemente increibles,flipantes en algunos casos,para dejar la baba colgando

    Rendimiento:

    El rendimiento en general es bueno pero aveces da una caida de framerate que no deberia de ocurrir,alomejor si tienes un pc mas modesto no podras jugar este juego a 60 fps constantes

    En resumen es un juego corto (6 h max) pero intenso que no te va a dejar indiferente muy recomendado
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  4. ave
    Dec 29, 2017
    8
    I really like when a game focuses on one core idea and properly execute it.

    Aside the fact that we can discuss the gaminess of Layers of
    I really like when a game focuses on one core idea and properly execute it.

    Aside the fact that we can discuss the gaminess of Layers of Fear, the main experience could be "wandering inside the twisted mind and horrible memories of a painter trying to achieve a masterpiece". And the great visual and mechanical idea is to mess with the mind of the player by changing the layout of the house behind his back.

    Once you enter the workshop room with the blank canvas, anything goes. Every room, every object, every note is a piece of a narrative puzzle for you to complete and interpret - and at the same time, your progression seems to influence your final painting.

    After completing the game, many questions remains, like who is the character we play ? By leaving these question and many other open to interpretation, the game continues to haunt us in a terrifying but satisfying way.
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  5. Jun 3, 2018
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is very interesting the fact that everything is a madness formed by himself, or at least, is what I interpret. It contains a hidden plot in a kind of bubble that with each painting in the picture is getting bigger, and that eventually ends up exploding with several endings (depending on whether you collect the collectibles, whether or not you happen in history ...). Expand
  6. sft
    Oct 4, 2019
    6
    Picture this

    3/5 • LAYERS OF FEAR is a claustrophobic little chiller. It relies a little too much on jump scares, but it does also succeed
    Picture this

    3/5 • LAYERS OF FEAR is a claustrophobic little chiller. It relies a little too much on jump scares, but it does also succeed in creating a fairly compelling air of creepiness and dread. The story lacks originality but the structure of the game is unusual and the incorporated puzzles are simple and yet inventive. The graphics are excellent and the limited environments are used to good effect, although it’s a shame that you remain confined to the house throughout the game – I would have liked a little variety to the setting. Overall it’s enjoyable without being remarkable, but at just 4 hours long (unless you replay to explore different options, which is possible to some extent) I think it best bought in a sale. Good, but not great.
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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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