A deeply disturbing, horribly convincing video game in which a protagonist is forced to do the killing.”

That’s how The Works of Mercy was pitched on Kickstarter when it launched last month, and with 3 days still left on the clock, the psychological horror title has successfully reached its $15,000 CAD goal. It’s no wonder. Did you see the walkthrough trailer?!

The P.T. inspiration is almost too obvious to be worth mentioning, but the way The Works of Mercy looks to take P.T.’s domestic horror and throw in some more interactivity through a dialogue system seems to be promising. The narrative hook, that you play a protagonist forced to do horrible things in order to save his daughter from a kidnapper, is sure to be effective. I’m reminded of a certain scenario in Heavy Rain. You know the one I mean.

Judging by some of the key art on the game’s Kickstarter page, it looks like the project will be drawing inspiration from other New Horror success stories such as Outlast and the upcoming Allison Road. Did I mention the game supports VR, too?

I’m something of a horror games coinesseur, and I’d definitely suggest keeping your eyes on this one. Maybe invest in a night light while you’re at it, too.

For more on The Works of Mercy, check out the game’s successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Gary Alexander Stott

Gary Alexander Stott is a handsome young writer from Scotland absolutely brimming with talent, who feels his best feature is his modesty. When it comes to overthinking narrative and storytelling in games, his otherwise useless degree in English with Creative Writing comes in very handy indeed.

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