Lurking is an award winning indie game created by four students at Digipen Institute of Technology Singapore. Students Justin Ng Guo Xion, Dexter Chng Shi Rong, Soo Zhong Min, and Bryan Teo An Ping have introduced a highly innovative mechanic with Lurking that may be changing the way we immerse into horror games.
Lurking is an audio based exploratory survival horror where the objective of the game is to escape an unknown facility and collect 8 audio logs left behind by a doctor whom conducted psychological experiments on rats and humans several years ago. The only problem is that things are only visible with sound. Is it really possible to keep seeing without attracting too much danger?
Being able to experiment with echolocation in this game really creates a unique and mind blowing experience for each player. The audio in the game environment is done incredibly well and will actually have you holding your breath in fear of making sound. The visual surroundings of the game were kept as minimal black, white, red, and yellow outlines which actually left some mystery into the surroundings and added to the overall experience of having to rely on your surroundings.
Unmedicated and Dysfunctional rates this game a 3.5/5 for innovation, crazy plot twist, and incredible atmosphere. Even though this game is relatively short (~30 minutes), we would have liked to see some sort of save feature for location. The game does automatically save audio logs, but you do restart at the beginning of the game in location if the game crashes or gets shut down. We thank this student team at Digipen for the great experience and for sparking a new stream of games like Perception. We look forward to their newest award winning game, Stifled, available in 2017 on steam.
Watch Unmedicated and Dysfunctional’s Lurking let’s play featuring Stardrop voice actor Aryn Rozelle!