The first thing that caught my attention with Faith is the art style. This is an indie game, but instead of going for an 8 or 16-bit style that many other indie games go for. This one is going even further back by taking inspiration from computers like the Apple II and games such as The Oregon Trail. That is cool but even cooler is the fact that despite the art style, Faith is one heck of an unnerving horror game.
The story of Faith is actually pretty dark. You play the role of John Ward. John Ward is a priest and a year ago he along with Father Allred tried to perform an exorcism to save the soul of a young girl called Amy Martin. The exorcism goes wrong, does not work and all hell breaks loose.
Fast-forward a year and John finds himself walking around the woods trying to find the Martin house once again so he can finally save her soul. The story is quite cinematic even with modest visuals. You get sucked into this world and as we are dealing with demons, devils, and exorcisms the whole game gives you a very unnerving feeling.
My Cross Is My Gun!
The gameplay of Faith is way more addictive than you would think. You walk around these screens that are randomly generated. You are looking for notes that will fill in the story all the while leading to the big showdown at the end. You have a cross that you can use in order to put any evil that gets in your way back into its place. The gameplay is quite fast and frantic and the random nature of the levels means that you never know for sure what exactly you are going to get. One thing that I like is even with the random elements, the game keeps the areas where the notes are hidden the same.
What Will Happen?
Another part of the gameplay that I like is how there are different endings for you to come across. In total there are five different endings and each on takes the story in a different direction. This is something that I like as it gives you a reason to play through the game multiple times. The game is not too long, but to be fair I feel that is for the best as it keeps things short and sweet and it never overstays its welcome.
I was very impressed with Faith. This is the first part of a trilogy of games and if you like this one, I highly recommend that you jump in and give the other games in the series a try. It is straight to the point and even though the game has an Apple II look to it, the game is still rather scary and is great if you love horror.
Final Score: 9/10
- The setting of the game is awesome
- The randomly generated areas are well done
- John Ward is a cool character
- I love the retro visual presentation
- Multiple endings to experience
- Once you have seen all the endings, I am not sure you would play it again
- The premise may be a bit scary for some!
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP