The start as they mean to continue: “Our aim is to create the scariest game ever made”. Well hasn’t every horror game developer in the history of ever? Novum Analytics has a rather unique approach to this genre though and it’s something that might give mobile gaming the boost into core gaming it needs to engage with those that consider themselves as a more hardcore gamer.
Novum is creating what at first glance appears to be a fairly generic haunted house game, with a twist, it’s your house! In what they’re calling an augmented reality survival horror game, the world of Night Terrors will exist within the frame of your chosen mobile device how ever instead of fancy level design and ghastly 3D models being squirreled away and set up for set piece jump scares, the game will utilise existing technology within most common smart phones to accurately map out your location and use that map to dynamically place objectives and obstructions, seemingly with the ability to change features of your environment visually to create an even creepier atmosphere.
Night Terrors aims to immerse the player even further by using an ingenious method of audio production, whereby the game will use both the microphone and headphones as well as the mapped location the player is in to effectively create sound where there is no sound. If the game decides that a ghoul should be in a room the player currently doesn’t reside in, the audio function will be able to accurately recreate the sound of someone or something in another room of the house. Novum calls this an “Immersive binaural audio experience.”
However the biggest advancement in this medium comes in the rather simple yet ingenious control scheme. There are no buttons to push or wonky tilt mechanics, no, you play this game by walking through your own house and experiencing the terrors that chase you, in your own house, at night. If that’s not the biggest excuse for a “NOPE”, I don’t know what is. But if you’re truly one for having your dinner forcefully expelled from your body by forces outside of your control, you might want to take a look at Night Terrors and perhaps support the game’s IndieGoGo campaign.