Eyes is a horror game available on the App Store. It has popular for quite some time now, and has had millions of downloads. It has about a 4 out of 5 review and is well-known by many horror fans.
The objective is to collect 20 money bags while avoiding being caught by a ghost. There are also eyes hidden on the walls that can assist the player in avoiding the ghost from catching them.
When first opening the game, the music was calm but creepy, and it has a unsettling feeling to it that any good horror game should have. The overall feel of the game had me on the edge of my seat. When getting into the game, there was a bit of backstory of why I was going to collect 20 money bags, which I appreciated. I always love a good plot and backstory. However, I felt that 20 bags were a bit much. Maybe 10 or 15 would have been a bit more appropriate.
The style of a game reminded me of Slenderman in a few ways. Collecting objects while avoiding and escaping a monster is a common theme for horror games. Eyes, however, had many advantages that made it stand out. This is the first time I have seen money bags as an object the player can collect. Also, the graphics were lovely and the animations were very smooth. One of my favorite parts was how smooth the animations were, and how the controls were easy. There was only one button to use in order to move around, and the object were simple to collect. It was overall an enjoyable experience in that aspect.
However, I did encounter some issues when the ghost was chasing me down. I do appreciate that the game warns you by saying “Run!” when the ghost is near. I also like that the player can listen out for the ghosts’ noises to tell how far it is and which direction it is heading. But when the ghost was chasing me and I turned around to get a first glance at it, it had gotten stuck on a chair and was not moving at all. This was a huge issue and ruined the scare factor for me. That is a huge problem that should eventually be fleshed out. It messed with the entire experience for me. At that point, the ghost jumpscare was neither scary or surprising. It was not very intense, and by that time, it was expected. That really put a damper on Eyes for me. I am always looking to get shocked and scared by a good horror game.
As a whole, the game has the right idea. It shows the signs of a game with lots of potential. The smooth animations, creepy music, and wonderful graphics were all positives for Eyes. However, the game could use lots of work. There could be more in-game ambience, and obviously the ghost’s mechanics and jumpscare need to be worked on. I do believe Eyes has lots of potential to be a terrifying experience and well-loved game for horror fans.