Gritty horror and blood is the focus of Shrouded in Sanity, a game inspired by similarly dark titles to deliver an adventure that is simple on the surface although deep and difficulty underneath which ensures countless deaths lie before you as you try to master combat and uncover the secrets of the game world.. Partially available for free (base game only) through the Shrouded in Sanity: Freebirth game version further content is available through the paid Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity edition.
Taking players back to 1897 and an alternative timeline you will sign a contract to find out the mysterious reasons for the unnatural fog that has previously risen and overrun the manor grounds of the Berelai Manor. In addition to creating an eerie ambience the fog has turned the servants to madness, attacking the player on sight with all types of weapons which slow your progress to the source of truth. The result is a combat focused mystery where you’ll take it one combat sequence at a time as you master the core game mechanics to overcome different enemies and bosses with their own attack patterns to consider.
Using a formula very much reminiscent of Dark Souls players cannot simply run straight into battle and instead must carefully consider if and how they wish to face the enemy before them. If the decision is made to engage you’ll be able to use your trusty A9 hand canon to weaken enemies from a distance or engage in close combat with your laito cane which is best used to block attacks and then counter with a thrust of your own. For players on the full game version you’ll have an additional 4 other characters to use in this adventure with slight differences albeit the same core gameplay loop.
Upgrades to these and other character elements are paid for in the blood of your fallen enemies which can help you push yourself towards a particular focus area and cover your weaknesses or enhance your strengths. Collecting sufficient blood requires plenty of exploration and risk-reward gameplay which feels like a treat due to the unique pixel art style and design of the manor itself which perfectly fits the Victorian design that was intended by the developer.
While shorter than some of the larger games in this genre niche Shrouded in Sanity offers a fair amount of content for its price level and adds to the games its based on. With many deaths ahead of you though it’s best reserved for fans of the genre that are willing to do the grinding necessary to master the combat mechanics and not one to touch on lightly.
While some of this frustration stems from a lack of tutorial and the average console controls players are still well rewarded for success be it the aforementioned blood currency or lack of respawning enemies (unless players themselves die).
- A horror title inspired by the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne with blood and dark themes throughout.
- Master the hand canon and cane to subdue the haunted servants that stalk the manor.
- Uncover the mystery of the fog around the manor as you dive into its halls.
- Upgrade your character and weapons with the blood of your enemies to provide permanent upgrade options.
- Great pixel art style and music design creates a historical horror atmosphere.
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Review Platform: PC