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Prison horror game Inmates looks spooky in motion

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Remember the Toluca Prison section of Silent Hill 2? Jail cells with rusted bars, pools of water on the floor of metal corridors, rattling keys, and locked doors? Inmates looks like a first-person version of that.

Davit Andreayan's indie horror game, published by Iceberg Interactive, has been released in time for the annual holiday we all know as Spooktoberween. It makes use of a traditional setup—you wake up in a creepy place, unsure of how you got there or if this is all a dream—but looks to do so effectively. Some things, like rocking horses, are always unnerving. 

Inmates calls itself "a story-driven, atmospheric, interactive exploration simulator with horror elements and puzzles" and promises to have no combat, though of course that's not the same as not having any violence. There is obviously violence and it will probably happen to you. Inmates is available on Steam from today. 

Jody Macgregor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.