Alien Isolation Developer has Made a Seriously Creepy Adventure Game

By Julian Benson on at

There is something deeply unsettling about The House Abandon, an adventure game created by No Code, a team headed up by Jon McKellan, one of Alien Isolation's designers.

The game starts with you pulling up in front of your old family home. You've a note from your dad telling you to go upstairs and... well, I wouldn't want to spoil it. Take a look at the trailer to get a better idea of what's going on:

I'm going to try not to spoil the game at all but to be safe you should probably just go and play it, it's a free download on Itch.io.

The House Abandon was made in only three days as an entry for the most recent Ludum Dare contest. At first it looks like a straight up adventure game, with you having to enter in commands like 'Use', 'Look at', and so on. But as you explore the house No Code start really playing with perspective. See, the game is framed as you sitting at a computer playing the game, not you directly playing the game. As you explore more of the house, your position within the game world begins to be manipulated to great effect.

For anyone who has read House of Leaves, I definitely recommend giving The House Abandon a play through.

It has all the niggles and hang ups of a text adventure –you have to use exactly the commands the developer has allowed, you can't say 'Use door', it has to be 'Open Door', for instance – but it's well worth persevering.