SCP - Containment Breach
|a game by||Undertow Games|
|Editor Rating:||8.3/10, based on 2 reviews|
|User Rating:||8.8/10 - 17 votes|
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|See also:||Horror Games, Best Indie Games|
If you love games that will scare the hell out of you then let me start by saying that SCP - Containment Breach is a game you have to play. Even if you are a hardcore horror fan this game is going to make you jump more than if you were on a trampoline.
What Is SCP?
The origins of SCP - Containment Breach are pretty neat. The SCP Foundation is a fictional foundation where people can report strange things, creatures and write stories about weird, disgusting and scary creatures and events. It is really cool if you have an interest in the paranormal and shows like the X-Files. That is what SCP - Containment Breach is based on. You play as a death row inmate who has had his death sentence spared as long as you are willing to be a test subject at an SCP Foundation facility. What could go wrong right?
Scary From The Start!
Right from the start as you leave your room, you know that this game is messed up. You are led to a room with two other test subjects and there is a weird creature in the room. Of course, it kills everyone, escapes, and the whole facility is on lockdown. This all happens at the very start of the game and it sets the tone for an unsettling gameplay experience.
Random Makes It Scarier
While the SCP Facility is joined together by a series of corridors, The rooms are actually randomly generated as are the creatures that can be in the rooms. There are some main “SCP’s” that you will encounter all through the game. The main one that is burned into my brain is SCP-173. This thing is creepy as hell and the creature that causes all the mayhem at the start of the game. This is a weird statue like thing that only attacks when you blink. You blink, you die! The other is There are two types of containment zones, light and heavy containment zones. As you would expect the SPC’s that you come across in the light zones are not as challenging as the ones you come across in the heavy containment zones. The random nature of the game makes getting your bearings impossible and you are always scared about what is going to be in the next room you come across.
The goal of the game is to get through the facility and make your way outside. Depending on what you do there are different endings. You can use items that you find to defend yourself against the creatures that you come across. There are even some creatures that appear docile and one that can even help you out. Survival is never guaranteed and you are in constant fear. The blinking mechanic is really innovative. The idea of this is that you have a little, let’s just call it a health bar. When it goes all the way down, you need to blink. Blinking in this game can lead to death so sometimes you have to run through a room super fast. This sounds odd, but it is a great mechanic and one that helps add to the tension of the game.
SCP - Containment Breach is a game that I had so much fun with! I really cannot recommend this game highly enough and it is free! While the start and the overall goal of the game are always the same. What happens in between is always different and finding different SCP’s is always something that is exciting and scary at the same time. If you want a game that is going to really scare you. You have to play SCP - Containment Breach
- It is scary as hell!
- It is free
- The different SCP’s are very interesting
- Easy to get into
- Plays different each time you play it
- You will need clean underpants
- Maybe could have done with a bit more story
Download SCP - Containment Breach
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
If you are on the lookout for a horror game to try out that is made with plenty of heart, you might want to look at Undertow Games’ 2012 release, SCP – Containment Breach. The game was pretty well regarded when it was first released. Taking part in the body of a human test subject who has been stored away, you need to try and break out from the SCP facility and escape. It’s terrifying, engaging, and highly exciting – but it’s also got some limits. How good, then, can SCP be?
Supernatural horror on a budget
The game itself has a pretty simple process – you play as ‘Class-D’, a form of test subject. The facility you are in is in a state of total disarray, and your goal is simple – get to the exit and make away from the facility. As you try to escape, though, you’ll see the various other “SCPs” trying to escape, too. This creates a terrifying environment that involved other creatures trying to escape whilst the officers try their best to get everyone back in their cages.
As the game opens up, you find numerous items to help you find it easier to survive. This includes tools such as gas masks, batteries, and various keycards. You can also find other SCPs who might be more willing to help you escape the place. The whole pace of the game gradually changes as you move through; as you reach the end of the procedurally generated facility, you will see things get more frantic and fearsome.
A solid horror offering with some obvious limits
Upon release, the general mannerism around the game was one of positivity – many appreciated the angles it tried to take. It was also praised for having a more panicked environment than other horror games such as Warehouse 13. It also comes with some serious graphical limits, which one might expect from the small development team that worked on it. It’s quite dated looking, but its atmosphere, pacing, and general gameplay mood allow the game to thrive for all of the right reasons. It’s a fine experience an one that just about any fan of these kinds of games should enjoy trying out. It’s somewhat buggy, as one might expect from a smaller project, but it’s an intriguing game with a really interesting gameplay loop.
You’ll also find that the game has a pretty strong lore and mythos. Fans have come up with all manner of fan-fiction, and its generally terrifying atmosphere makes this a fun horror game to try out if you have never played it before. If it had a higher budget graphical output, it would be a complete fan favourite for most.
- Excellent atmosphere and plot layout
- Enjoyable procedural generation
- Great theme and interesting gameplay loop
- Graphics can feel a touch dated, even at release
- Lacks the polish of a higher budget title