Ellen is a 2D pixel horror game developed by Red Mount Media and Antarsoft. Ellen is said to be coming out on the Xbox One the 13th of September 2019. It is already out on PC though. Now there’s a good amount of gamers who enjoy 2D pixel horror games. What does Ellen have to offer? Let’s take a look.

In the world of Ellen, players control a young investigator. His name is James… Bond, just joking it’s just James. He’s here to investigate the brutal murder of the Smith family. Basically after the murder, actually some years to be accurate. The towns people are starting to see silhouettes of the daughter. The whole family was killed except the daughter. Her body was never found so now people think it’s her. This off course is disturbing the whole town. So now James is here to investigate and find out what really happened here. Like why was the daughter not murdered with the rest of the family? What happened to her? Who was the murderer? 

Now 2D pixel horror games have to take things from a different angle to how normal 3D horror games do things. On Paper, a 2D pixel horror game wouldn’t be scary at all. Not even the modern big horror games has scared X35 Earthwalker. Good pixel horror games need a interesting and mysterious story because gameplay is very limited. Just move the pixel character slowly around and click on items that’s hard to figure out at times because it’s all pixels. Players need to be into the story and want to learn more. The atmosphere needs to be ominous at moments where danger is somewhat nearby. Players recognise the change of music and it gets some players on edge. Timing is key. Many pixel horror games like to have loud music when the monster or enemy shows up. That normally gets players but it’s sort of a cheap jump scare. Ellen needs to balance and get these things correct to stand a chance. Maybe the towns people will load the players head up with numerous rumours that aren’t very positive at all. This might give players clues or the wrong ideas on how to survive.

For example a towns person in Ellen could tell the player that he heard that staying still prevents any creatures from seeing you or that they respond to sound or get easily distracted or somethings like that but it’s up to the player to figure out what works. When players feel powerless and not sure what to do or expect they are far more nervous and more likely to make mistakes. Ellen will also need surprises. The monster shouldn’t be showing up all the time. All this kind of stuff is important. This is why Ellen is going to have a tough time making a big impact on gamers. There isn’t that much to say about Ellen as since it’s a 2D pixel horror game we round about know what to expect at this point. They all have a similar style and gameplay. The main difference is that Ellen is a murder case investigation with mystery.  

We have checked out some gameplay and we already like what we see. There isn’t just one danger or monster… there are many dangers and this will keep players on their toes as each one functions differently. There’s some that will try to entangle and wrap you up so don’t stand still. There’s another big beefy one that will chase you down to try and grab you. There’s another that fires projectiles at you. There doesn’t seem to be a clear way of beating these foes. We don’t even know if James gets a weapon. Doesn’t James watch any horror games? He should know to bring a weapon by now. Oh well. There are also some other beings who do not seem violent at all. You can actually interact and talk to them. Strange things happening around here in the world of Ellen. There’s also loads of things to interact with. Like walls, items, structures to hide behind, signs, trees and more. You will probably have to do a lot of investigation… get it… because James is an investigator. Whatever.

Overall Ellen just seems like another 2D pixel horror game. It seems well made for sure and it looks decent for a pixel graphic based style. We don’t like the whole long legs design for the characters though. The sounds and music is very good and that makes a difference in a game like this. We like that there is loads of danger and isn’t just one enemy that will eventually get stale and not scary. The developers Red Mount Media’ have done a good job with this game. We at X35 Earthwalker will keep an ear out what Ellen has to offer gamers. Now Ellen may have a mystery but what’s more mysterious is… the ‘Earth Walk!’

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Stay is a new pixel adventure game developed by ‘Appnormals team‘. Stay is coming out on Xbox One the 23rd of May but already out on Mac and PC the 16th of May. This game is meant to be very deep. let’s take a look.

In Stay players are put to the serious test. The players are speaking to someone, named, Quinn who has been abducted and their fate in in players hands… well finger tips really. Your decisions and words will determine whether Quinn lives or dies.

Now off course like anyone who has been kidnapped, Quinn is not exactly stable right now. He’s on edge to put it nicely. You have to get build trust. You need him to trust you or he might go against what you say. So be careful of your responses and what you say.

If you thought the situation was bad then stick around. Stay is real time! So all the time you are away from the game is how long you leave Quinn alone for. If Quinn is left alone or ignored for too long, he might try things by himself and end up dead. Do not stay glued to your games, make sure to take breaks. 

There are 24 chapters and multiple story branches. This game is quite deep in terms of content as well. Also Stay has high repayable value as there are 7 different endings. That’s almost as much as Catherine

We checked out some gameplay and it’s not very interesting but then again it’s all about communicating through a computer and watching some web cam footage. Nothing action packed there. You select your choice of words, take note of his reactions and be aware. Definitely not a game for everyone.

Overall Stay is well thought of and quite a lot of work went into this game. Quinn might also tell the players lies too, so that’s another thing to think about too. The graphics are good for this pixel style. Again this isn’t our kind of game. The developers ‘Appnormals team’ did a good job with this game. We at X35 Earthwalker, aren’t looking forward to STAY but others probably are. Now helping Quinn may be difficult but what’s not difficult is… the ‘Earth Walk!’

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