Publisher Armor Games Studios has revealed a PS1-inspired horror game that ditches traditional survival horror combat systems for a more streamlined focus on puzzle-solving.
The Tartarus Key is developed by Vertical Reach and will launch for the Nintendo Switch on May 31st, 2023. It stars protagonist Alex who finds herself waking up in a mysterious mansion with cameras following her every move. It's up to you to escape by solving a number of deadly puzzles and riddles as you explore the dark, creepy corridors of the mansion.
Here's a list of key features:
- Escape a deadly mansion filled with dangerous traps, and rescue Alex’s fellow captives… or fail, and leave them to a grisly fate.
- Uncover three different endings, and dig to the heart of the mansion and the strange secrets it and your captors hold.
- Solve puzzles and challenges reminiscent of escape-the-room games in a variety of unsettling and bizarre scenarios.
- A tense, atmospheric adventure that relies on puzzles and plot instead of combat or chase sequences
Will you be grabbing The Tartarus Key when it launches on Switch later this month? Let us know with a comment below.
Heck yeah! Been waiting for more Puppet Combo games to hit consoles but this will definitely do.
Certainly reminds me of similiar horror games on the Saturn. Particularly "D", Mansion of Hidden Souls, & Lunacy.
Man, the Saturn & PS1 had quite alot of those back then. Forget zombie games. Horror-suspense is what I like.
So cool to see this finally releasing! Ya'll posted about it in October 2021 and I've been waiting ever since!:
I'm so down for this and will definitely be buying.
I'm also in the Puppet Combo camp and waiting for more of those to be released too. I've never screamed from a game like I did in Nun Massacre...
Looks pretty good!! Put it on a disc or cartridge and I'll consider a buy!
I need some horror games, they always calm me down with this slow paced gameplay and serene atmosphere
Liking the looks of this one. A good review and I think I’ll get it.
Definitely one of my fav sub genres. As much as I enjoy the newer Resident Evil games, glad to see old school survival horror is still alive and well.
@DanijoEX yeah, I was about to say, heavy "D' vibes from this. Kenji Eno was an indie game designer before that was fashionable.
I'm not much of an horror genre enthusiast, but I enjoy a heavy atmospheric game without combat and chases. I'm interested
This looks cool!
I'm really enjoying this PS1 retro wave. I hope they port Hypnagogia to the Switch, I really enjoyed it on PC, and it's got real meat on its bones as opposed to some other itch titles which can sometimes be little more than demos.
I always want to like these kind of games but they usually wind up being short and lack the cheese old games had.
Looks very cool. Love the 32-bit-graphics-but-with-more-polygons aesthetic. They could tone down the wobbly effect though. It's not what I'm most nostalgic of
Love the general design. I hope the puzzles hold up to something great.
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