|a game by||DVloper|
|Editor Rating:||4/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.3/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Horror Games, Halloween Games|
A spiritual successor to the Slendrina series, Granny is an indie horror game created by DVloper (Dennis Vukanovic). Originally released for mobile devices, the game has garnered plenty of positive reception, largely due to its popularity amongst Let’s Players and Twitch streamers. Those of you who have played titles such as Slender: The Eight Pages and Survivors will feel right at home here, as the game is somewhat of an homage to the jump-scare heavy indie efforts of the early 2010’s.
There’s no denying that Granny thrusts you into a bad situation. Kicking off with a cutscene of the player walking through a dark forest, it culminates in a horrific encounter with the titular character, as she strikes you across the head with a blood-soaked baseball bat. You awake in an unfamiliar setting with a pounding headache, locked in a dark house with some rather serious security measures.
Prey for Freedom
You’re not alone in the house, that’d be far too easy. As you navigate the decaying corridors of Granny’s house, she will follow you. Slowly stalking you through the halls, across the landing, down into the basement. It’s horror movie 101, and very reminiscent of slasher flicks of the late 80’s and early 90’s. You constantly feel her eyes on you, and staying still for too long is far too dangerous of a decision.
Facing your Fears
Throughout the course of the game you are equipped with a simple flashlight, but you’re not completely helpless. Locked away in various cabinets are weapons – a crossbow and a shotgun. These can stop Granny in her tracks momentarily, as well as assist with puzzles. None of the puzzles are too brain-bending, but with the tension of always being followed can cause you to panic – wasting the scarce ammunition the game provides you with. Once you’re out of bolts for the crossbow, or shells for the shotgun – there’s cause for concern.
The Great Escape
Granny is a game with multiple endings, and multiple ways to escape. Do you try and find the keys to the car in the garage, or try to tackle the front door with its many locks? It’s a matter of timing, planning and caution – you don’t want to disturb Granny by being too loud, or you’ll meet your end. Unfortunately, these endings are not all that different – and therefore there is little reason to replay the game.
A Frightening Lack of Content
The minimalist approach is rather refreshing for a genre that has been slipping further and further into the action realm for far too long, but being so light on mechanics and features is a double-edged sword. You’d be lucky to get half an hour out of Granny, and there’s not really much reason to return to it after your first playthrough. You’d be much better off investing your money into a game like Camp Sunshine for your fix of indie horror scares.
There is no denying the minimalist charm that Granny has going for it, but it’s just a little too basic to be anything too special. You’ll probably have fun with it if you have a couple of friends over for a late-night game session, but if you’re alone – there are much better alternatives out there at the same price.
- Charming minimalist approach
- A love-letter to the indie horror games of the early 10’s
- Heavy on the jump-scares
- Various methods for completion
- There’s not a lot of content for your money
- Lack of replayability
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP