Mike’s Horror Blog: Penumbra


From the makers of Amnesia comes the Penumbra series, another horror series that lets the player’s imagination do most of the work. The story follows Philip, a thirty-year-old physician that received a letter from his supposedly dead father, prompting him to follow a series of clues that leads him to northern Greenland. The harsh cold forces him into an abandoned mine, where he discovers that something unusual has occurred, which includes the fauna growing to dangerously large proportions.

Like Amnesia, the game relies on the atmosphere and the player’s mind to create the scares – it’s a fine game, although a big drawback is the combat system: it’s not needed. Besides being clunky, being able to fight your enemies immediately takes away the feeling of powerlessness. Granted, you can’t defeat the majority of the monsters, but the fact that it’s there means a lot of players are going to try, which is going to lead to frustration.

Still, if you’re a horror game aficionado like me, this is a worthy addition to your collection.

— Mike Malan, Blogger

Editor’s Note:  Mike Malan recently graduated from Lewis University with a degree in English with a sub-speciality in Creative Writing.  Mike especially enjoys writing gothic, Poe and all things that chill your bones. He is a dark writer but you can find him dabbling in politics. He is also interested in the editing process and hopes that you will enjoy his work.