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Release: Dec 2012
Reviewed on: PC

Mad Father

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Good: Atmosphere – Varied themes and gameplay
Bad: Short adventure
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Mad Father is a freeware horror game that blends adventure and puzzles with extreme mystery. Made by Sen using the Wolf RPG Editor it joins the ranks of a several other games with similar themes and design (English translation by vgperson).


The game closely follows Aya Drevis, a young German girl who lives at home with her father and his assistant Maria. Her father is anything but a normal parent and has a reputation as a mad scientist who spends long hours tinkering in the basement. Starting in the middle of an eerie night after a scream from Aya’s father deep inside the family home players awake to find the house is now filled with corpses and a supernatural energy that seems intent on hurting Aya.

Making the decision to not leave the house without your father (or at least finding out what has happened to him) players begin to explore the house solving the puzzles that are before them while also uncovering the dark mysteries of what her father had been experimenting with inside the house.

Gameplay is quite varied in Mad Father with scenes ranging from jump scares to item puzzles and even stealth orientated scenes where you’ll have to sneak past the eerie inhabitants in your house. With such a large house to explore there is constantly a new strange discovery around the corner to keep the pacing of the story moving forward and a consistent pace. The atmosphere that the game generates is one of the best elements and for this reason you’re definitely encouraged to give the game your full attention (bonus for playing at night).


Mad Father also encourages a replay or two thanks to the three available endings (two bad and one good) which players are given based on their actions and items collected during the playthrough. If you manage to find all the collectibles you’ll also get an additional scene at the end of the good (true) ending.

The only shortcomings with Mad Father are it’s short nature (around 2 hours) which means you’ll find the end just as you’re getting hooked. Thankfully though the developer has dabbled in many puzzle adventures so it’s easy to jump to a game with similar themes after finishing Mad Father.


  • A Japanese 2D horror adventure also translated to English.
  • Solve the mystery of your father’s experiments.
  • Explore your house while avoiding all the evils that want to kill you.
  • Experience 3 different endings based on your actions.
  • Free to play.

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Mad Father, 8.4 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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