DS Horror: When You Want Scares to Go

Do you love the film "The Ring" so much you wish you could play a video game version of it? Well, guess what, you're in luck... sort of.

Jean Snow at Wired's Game|Life called attention yesterday to a new Nintendo DS game called "Nanashi no Game" ("The Game With No Name") that is slated for a July release in Japan. Snow doesn't have a ton of details now, but describes the game as an original horror title that introduces the idea of a cursed game. The gameplay will be similar to "Hotel Dusk," which had players turn the DS sideways to engage with the point-and-click adventure style. Square Enix, one of the true powerhouses of game production, is on the case, so we can and should expect a real quality product. For more information, the website for "Nanashi no Game," is here, but don't bother if your Japanese is a little rusty.

The idea of horror on the DS might seem a little odd to some, but the unique control capabilities actually make Nintendo's portable champion a worthy platform for scares. "Dusk," which I've not played, was more of a noir/suspense setup, but the DS has hosted other horror titles. There was a port of the first "Resident Evil" game that got decent reviews, and an original title, "Dementium: The Ward," was actually pretty well received. In the latter game, players were asked to use the stylus to control a number of items, including a flashlight.

The DS has really brought point-and-click gaming back, rescuing it from the oblivion of PC nostalgia, and reinventing it for a whole new generation of gamer. By positioning the player closer to the action—in this case, literally controlling the flow with a touch—some may find that this style of play actually enhances the tension in horror gaming. From what I've seen, "The Game Without a Name" should be an interesting experiment in designing horror experiences for the portable market as well as in pushing at the boundaries of how players engage with a narrative. If you don't have a DS yet, it's probably time you joined the club.

Around the Web

What's New?

Wherein no one talks about people they banged in high school...


In which we try to make sense of "Return to Nukem High: Volume 1"...


Latest Reviews


Around The Web