Red Limb Studio’s Rise of Insanity recently graduated from Early Access. It’s a first-person psychological horror game that puts players in the role of Doctor Stephen Dowell, adept psychologist who attempts to explore the tragedies of his family by diving deep into the psychological escapades and horror that comes along with mental illness.
Red Limb Studio wanted to explore the fears conjured up by the human mind, rather the standard monsters thrown at you in most horror games.
According to Krzysztof Sopata from Red Limb Studio, the game is inspired by horror classics while also attempting to add a new twist on how we view mental illness in video games and the physical shapes our minds can manifest when left unattended to…
“For Rise of Insanity we drew inspiration from classic psychological horror masterpieces such as The Shining, The Exorcist and Silent Hill. The human mind can really be a container of horrors when we let our fears and monsters linger inside. In this game we also wanted to represent mental illness in some original ways, and let you literally ‘fly’ through the hidden paths of consciousness.”
You can check out the launch trailer for Rise of Insanity below to get an idea of what the gameplay is like.
The trailer doesn’t really give a coherent view of the story, but it attempts to lure people in with the visceral imagery that Red Limb created. You can also clearly see the inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining with the whole blood pouring out of the elevator scene while exploring the Saint Jonah Hospital.
The game is set during the early 1970s and features an aesthetic themed around that era. You’ll have to explore various locations, solve puzzles and unravel the mystery behind the Dowell family murder.
If you have a VR headset you can play the game with a supported HMD, including the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Thankfully the VR headsets aren’t required to play the game, so if VR isn’t a selling point to you feel free to ignore that in the checklist of features.
You can pick up Rise of Insanity on Steam for $9.99. The game is marked down by 10% off during the first week of release so you can get it for $8.99 for a limited time on the Steam store.