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Imscared, and so will you be after playing this indie horror masterpiece

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If you thought - or perhaps hoped - that Slender was the pinnacle of low-budget gaming horror, then think again. Discovered by the wonderful Free Indie Games , Imscared is a similarly first-person psychological horror experience with a handful of devious tricks up its sleeve.

Saying much more would spoil it, but I will offer some advice in case you get stuck (which I did): look around. Look behind and under things, but don't give up, because Ivan Zanotti's unsettling masterpiece is definitely worth it. We expect - nay, demand - to see a swarm of YouTube 'reaction' videos shortly.

Turn the lights and TV off, and wait until midnight like I stupidly did, to get the full experience.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.