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  • Summary: Descend into an eerie world made of scattered memories and unresolved traumas and explore a nightmarish landscape where you will come face to face with childhood fears and nightmares.


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The Inner Friend - Release Trailer | Gamescom 2018
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 23, 2020
    The Inner Friend is creepy, abstract, touching, and something that will get under your skin. There’s a story here that is relatable, yet presented in a way that captures the exaggerated-ness of a child’s imagination. Movement is a little fiddly, and it’s all over quickly, but the experience is still one that will stick with us for some time yet.
  2. Apr 26, 2020
    This is a brilliantly designed game that delves into the human psyche in an emotional and beautiful manner. I love the way The Inner Friend on Xbox One is presented with huge, strange distorted worlds and mazes of corridors, and when monsters appear it delivers genuinely frightening moments. It is a short playthrough though, but for some that length of time is perfect, however that needs to be taken into account along with the price asked.
  3. Apr 27, 2020
    The Inner Friend, in spite of its shortcomings, is truly a modern masterpiece in horror narrative. As a complete and whole game, it doesn't quite reach the same levels, but its effective use of horror, from visuals to genuine scares, should still be celebrated. Players who care more for effective theme-driven plots and less about complex gameplay will likely find The Inner Friend a delight to behold. For everyone else, well, it might be hard to justify the $15 price tag for a couple hours of easy puzzles and non-traditional storytelling.
  4. 70
    It’s not for everyone, and the ending could be a bit smoother, but the experience is still a good one if you’re looking for something a little bit different to dive into and don’t mind not sleeping for a few weeks.
  5. May 1, 2020
    A pleasant surprise. With an intriguing concept, open story, immersive environments and dynamic yet silent characters, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything else as unique. If you can look past the few technical issues – which can hopefully be ironed out with a patch – you’ll find a worthwhile story about overcoming loneliness and self-doubt, cherishing your friendships and rediscovering who you are.
  6. May 21, 2020
    While flawed, especially when it comes to controls and a quite short runtime, I still enjoyed my time with The Inner Friend. I may not have completely understood all of its symbolism, but if you take it like more of an experience than a game, you can appreciate it more without your typical expectations. Bizarre and odd at times, but surreal for the majority, The Inner Friend tells its story through fantastical imagery, but it’s up to you to determine what all of it means to you.
  7. Apr 25, 2020
    The Inner Friend is a decent horror and while it is incredibly short there is enough variety to keep it interesting. It does have a couple of issues but it is saved by its interesting look at childhood fears. It’s a good way to spend an afternoon.
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  1. Apr 28, 2020
    The Inner Friend is a 3rd Person Intreperative Narrative. You begin the game floating around the husk of a man, without a face. As youThe Inner Friend is a 3rd Person Intreperative Narrative. You begin the game floating around the husk of a man, without a face. As you approach this figure they attempt to turn away, and as you finally get up to them you fall into the emptiness. I assume this is to represent the fact the protagonist has lost their identity, and your adventure is in an attempt to reclaim that identity. You then plummet into M.C. Escher's deepest mind as rooms culminate together to form oddly shaped masses. There are openings that exude light, and those are where you need to go. The game is loaded with world puzzles, and items to collect in an attempt to reconstruct the real world. Every time you finish an area, you return to the room and the freefall. The game isn't very long, but it's seriously surreal. the ambient sound and light are entrancing, giving way to the immersive nature of the game. The controls are clean and simple, so it's easy enough to play. The game gives you no direction other than the first scene where you're directed to use the left stick to move the camera. I feel like a lot more could have been done with this game, as when you're finished, that's it. There isn't much replay value, but the adventure is worth checking out. Expand