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  • Summary: Song of Horror is a survival horror adventure. Face the manifestations of the Presence, an unpredictable, eldritch AI that reacts to your way of playing: you won't experience two exact gameplays.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Jun 3, 2020
    90
    Song of Horror is one of the best indie horror games out there. Taking the key aspects of genre classics like Silent Hill and Resident Evil, and combining these with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the genre in other media, Song of Horror really gets under your skin and, just like The Presence, will haunt the dark corners of your mind. But don’t worry, that noise was just the wind. Or was it…
  2. Jun 9, 2020
    80
    Song of Horror is a terrifying experience with disturbing atmospheres and a story you won't easily forget.
  3. Jun 18, 2020
    80
    Song of Horror: Complete Edition is a lot to take in all at once. The slow pacing and puzzle difficulty make it an exercise to get through, making the episodic pacing seem like the better choice. What is special here is the right way to do a paranormal horror game that involves something you can see but not control. A few variations of quick time events used to defend yourself and having to also think on the fly is a new exercise in horror games. The atmosphere is fantastic as dark environments mixed with excellent ambiance goes unrivaled, especially when it comes to indie titles. The Complete Edition is also only $30 at launch making it clear that Song of Horror: Complete Edition is worth a play for any old school horror fan.
  4. Oct 31, 2019
    78
    While we've only seen one episode, Song Of Horror has all the components of a strong horror adventure game rivaling those that many of us grew up with. Its puzzles won't wear you down with frustration and the horror environments are sure to deliver a scare.
  5. Oct 29, 2019
    75
    A frightening and unpredictable horror game that will even startle regulars horror fans. You simply can't stop playing Song of Horror until you see it to the very end. You have to anxiously find clues, solve riddles and most importantly avoid The Presence in order to fully unravel the storyline. Whether you are a detective in the making or a jumpscare enthusiast, Song of Horror was made for you. Adrenaline, stress, fear, anxiety... You have come to the right place.
  6. Oct 30, 2019
    70
    An old-school horror adventure, stressful, that shines from a set of 4 characters, from a cool graphic design and from a well handled level design. Yet, puzzles are a but strangely built, and the narrative ends too abruptly.
  7. Dec 11, 2019
    40
    In episodic video games, which are becoming more and more popular, the first episode is essential and is the biggest chance for the developers to convince players to continue playing their future episodes. Unfortunately for Song of Horror, this first and very important step goes horribly wrong as it suffers from tons of issues in almost every department. Right now, there is absolutely no reason for anyone who played it to go on and purchase the second episode, unless the developers really up their game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Dec 3, 2019
    10
    Very positive reviews on Steam: 89% of total 203 reviews.
    For lovers of first silent hill and resident evil but with new interesting
    Very positive reviews on Steam: 89% of total 203 reviews.
    For lovers of first silent hill and resident evil but with new interesting mechanics amd more dynamic surround overtime. I feel the same fear as i felt in my childhood after 20 minutes of gameplay. Imagination is working and I fear the unknown presence that can wait behind every door. I'm in love with this game. Thank you so much, developers. I wish first silent hill will be recreated some day with some of these new and interesting mechanics
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  2. Nov 3, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Inspired by Resident Evil and Silent Hill and it shows. The addition of permadeth is difficult but handled well. I went into the game blind without knowing and had my favorite character die. I instantly force-quit the game hoping that my decisions aren’t saved before a cutscene ends but it was too late. Then my second and third characters died and i was forced to play as the last character left or restart the game. I considered restarting but chose to continue with the last character because I felt I was close to the end of the chapter. Playing as this last character was tense, worrying that hours of gameplay would be wasted heightened my sense of dread like no other horror game in recent years. I was able to finish the chapter, but walking through the house was more nerve-wracking than ever before. When I finished the chapter, it felt like an accomplishment. Making sure that I only made the most important decisions without leaving anything to chance, I was more cautious than ever before.

    This bled in to chapter 2 perfectly. I chose the same character this time around because he was expendable to me. But the more I played through the second chapter with him and the more he referenced his version of events from chapter 1, the more attached I grew. I now found myself, again, attached to a character going into a new chapter. The more progress I made, the more I worried that my time with him was almost up. When the game started throwing in random new mechanics I started to panic, worrying some mistake on my part would kill him off.

    There was even one stairwell that activated 3 unique, one-time-only effects at different times that made me feel like there were in-game flags placed at that location to scare me. These effects were new and had no accompanying tutorial text to solve them, but still required unique ways of escape while blocking usage of the map. I started going into the stairwell as prepared as possible, ready for anything. But whenever I was most prepared, nothing would happen. Each time I passed by, thinking that the game was done trying to scare me in the stairwell a new effect would come out or a previous effect would return. That’s about when I realized that the events were being triggered by an AI and that I couldn’t try to out-predict what would happen and where.

    By now I was playing as cautiously as possible. All of the haiku clues that I picked up in the first chapter came in handy and I avoided coming into contact with anything they mentioned. In a game where every character’s life matters, you need all the help you can get. Previous chapter’s collectibles can transition over to the next chapter to provide vital hints on what not to interact with, as some interactions can be fatal. These hints can absolutely save a character’s life if you can interpret them. Will you explore the area, putting yourself in danger to prevent a future death or take no chances? I ended up beating the second chapter with no deaths, still playing as my expendable character. When the chapter ended and I realized he had made it, he no longer felt expendable to me.

    As a huge fan of the original numbered Silent Hill series, Song of Horror made me feel like I was playing a classic survival horror game in every sense. Each chapter was just long enough to feel substantial, with the payoff being a sense of accomplishment and the desire to test my luck in the next chapter by playing the same character.

    I do have to get out of the way that the voice acting was fairly weak overall, with Daniel’s VA sounding the most grating to me. Most of the other characters were passable enough. Honestly, I think too many professional VAs might have lessened the impact of playing as an everyman. The story is serviceable enough to move you forward, with a fair amount of backstory coming from the items you inspect and the characters you play as. For an indie horror I was really impressed by the attention to detail. There were a few times that I saw creatures or ghosts in windows or across hallways that made backtracking feel more personal and less of a chore.

    I saw the rating on Steam and Metacritic and felt that Song of Horror deserved a higher rating so I thought I’d pitch in. Personally, it may be one of my new favorite horror games. It’s unique and fresh while providing a moderate burn without fatiguing you. The random elements of the game’s AI ended up giving me some pretty memorable moments that I don’t think I’ll experience again.

    I’m very excited to play the next chapters and I hope that this game gets more attention. By the time March comes around and the game ends, I know I’ll be craving a sequel.

    [Played on PC in 4K with SuperXFI amp, Sennheiser HD6XX’s and Philips Hue sync lights]
    If you want the best experience, recommend playing in 4K with surround-sound headphones. Game-synced lights are, of course, totally optional.

    Hope you enjoy the game as much as I have!
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  3. May 29, 2020
    10
    A great and terrifying game! I really enjoyed it, but most of all, it's one of those veeeeeeery few horror games that it's scary moments areA great and terrifying game! I really enjoyed it, but most of all, it's one of those veeeeeeery few horror games that it's scary moments are not predictable at all, so you must be on guard every time in order to survive! Also, its puzzle riddles are cute fun and intuitive, not to mention that the story drags your attention since the first moment! You should definitely give it a try! Expand
  4. Aug 9, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Una ambientación excelente. Lástima que en algunos aspectos gráficos y mecánicas esté un poco atrasado.
    El diseño es muy bueno y la historia engancha.
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  5. Aug 28, 2020
    9
    This is a great little gem. For such a small indie team they've done an amazing job for what is one of the creepiest atmospheres in a game.This is a great little gem. For such a small indie team they've done an amazing job for what is one of the creepiest atmospheres in a game. Along with its surprisingly good-looking graphics and quality sound design it's able to fully immerse you into its world of horror.

    The story really isn't anything amazing and the voice-acting is shoddy at times, but it kind of fits into the game's atmosphere and is outweighed by its many charms in other areas.

    Even though it feels like a mix of Resident Evil, Silent Hill and a few other horror classics, it still manages to shine with its own unique ideas like the way you handle enemies and how losing a character means they're dead forever. The latter really manages to put the pressure on and greatly impact the way you make decisions throughout your playthrough, always thinking twice before taking action, just to be safe.

    Overall it's a pretty satisfying and enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the simplest things like just walking slowly through a room and exploring while feeling the uncomfortable unease that the creepy environment around you instills.

    P.S. Playing this with a controller is a MUST. The way the controller reacts and vibrates to the things happening around you is so well done in a way that makes everything twice as real and scary.
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  6. May 24, 2020
    6
    Decent story and atmosphere but they do a terrible job explaining how to play the mini games which can make for a very frustrating experience.Decent story and atmosphere but they do a terrible job explaining how to play the mini games which can make for a very frustrating experience. Especially since a mistake in the minigame leads to instadeath. Could be very good but definitely needs polish and the fixed camera feels very dated and is quite annoying to control. Expand
  7. Nov 9, 2020
    0
    Terrible game, from time to time there is a puzzle with fast clicking that is not working, everytime you die you loose a character and afterTerrible game, from time to time there is a puzzle with fast clicking that is not working, everytime you die you loose a character and after some tries you have to begin the chapter all again , why did is supposed to be fun or interesting? Expand

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