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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: 35 out of 74
  2. Negative: 13 out of 74
  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 18, 2016
    9
    Layers of Fear is exactly what it sets out to be; a trippy indie horror game. Inspired by P.T. and Amnesia, LoF has you walking through anLayers of Fear is exactly what it sets out to be; a trippy indie horror game. Inspired by P.T. and Amnesia, LoF has you walking through an ever-changing house that plays tricks on your mind - both behind your back and in plain view. There are many memorable set pieces that I thoroughly enjoyed progressing through; most notable of which was the nursery. There was a lot of effort put into this game, and anyone who says otherwise is lying.

    While the game has many cool screen effects and the environment can transform in the blink of an eye, the game is not all that scary. There's hardly a sense of dread that is prevalent in many other horror games. What kees you playing (and in my case, totally immersed) is the sense of discovery and progression of the story. Not to mention the general creepiness of, well, everything in the house. A few jump scares did get to me as well. This is definitely a great horror game worth checking out, and one of my favorites to date.
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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. Feb 19, 2016
    7
    I present to you a game about... opening doors! And I kid you not.

    Layers of Fear is a pretty good horror game that revolves around the
    I present to you a game about... opening doors! And I kid you not.

    Layers of Fear is a pretty good horror game that revolves around the story of a failed painter that seemingly descends into madness. The storyline is quite decent, though a little too cut-and-dried at times. Problem with the story is that it's stretched out to 5-6 hours of gameplay when in fact it should be 3 hours tops.

    The artistic side is very good, but that is something to be expected from Polish developers. The visuals are solid if not very good and audio quality is enough to maintain the atmosphere. No complaints here.

    The main problem of this game is that it's not really scary. Instead of building the tension, it relies on cheap jumpscares. You just go from door to door (you'll probably be sick of opening door for quite some time after you finish this title) and breeze through the rooms. Sometimes there'll be something to be found, sometimes there'll be a scripted event to watch, but most of the time you'll just be looking for the next door that will lead you to the next room where something might happen and make you jump.

    All in all, a recommendable game with decent story, palpable atmosphere and good visuals. If you don't mind some cheap scares then it's a game you might find interesting.
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  6. Feb 20, 2016
    5
    Basically: Layers of Fear capitalizes on a great looking engine, some innovative visual effects, and would likely be 10x better on an OculusBasically: Layers of Fear capitalizes on a great looking engine, some innovative visual effects, and would likely be 10x better on an Oculus Rift. It lacks engaging gameplay and only has about 1 layer of fear that wears off 20 minutes into the game.

    Pros:
    This is a beautiful game that really showcases and uses Unity in really cool ways.

    Cons:
    All sense of tension is broken when I realize that I can't die in a horror game (or if the chances of dying are pitifully low). Layers of Fear is more like Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It's a walking simulator.

    The game is crazy repetitive. Your walking through the different variations of the same rooms over and over, from jump scare to jump scare. Even the timing of the jump scares becomes repetitive. PT could get away with it because it was a DEMO.

    The story is better than FNAF but it's no Soma.
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  7. Oct 23, 2020
    0
    Most boring game you'll ever play. The fact this costs 15 dollars and gets somewhat positive reviews is baffling to me. The game is basicallyMost boring game you'll ever play. The fact this costs 15 dollars and gets somewhat positive reviews is baffling to me. The game is basically a walking simulator, with a bunch of cheap jump scares, repetitive scenery and boring text. Nothing is earned and after it does the same "scare" for the 10 th time it gets hard not to fall asleep. The only good thing I got from this game is when a baby ran into a wall and it was really funny, not sure that's what they were going for though. Expand

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