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Brighter Day is a colourful stealth horror game

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Usually, horror games are dark. So dark that, with the continued popularity of the genre and the need to build upon what has gone before, we're probably only a few years until someone realises that the ultimate horror game would take place in a pitch-black room. Brighter Day is trying something different: light and colour.

A stealth game with elements of horror, Brighter Day is like if One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest exclusively starred floating eyeballs. You wake up in the Brighter Day facility, and must escape while avoiding patrols of the aforementioned eyeballs. If they spot you, they'll start bearing down on your location. You can either hide in a side room, or be caught and deal with the unsettling red swirl of failure.

Helping you are pills, which can be thrown as a distraction tactic. There's also a giant monolith, which seemingly hypnotises the eyes in place. It's a legitimate stealth game, and—as evidenced by my repeated deaths—pretty hard. It's made all the creepier thanks to the sound design, as you can hear for yourself via this trailer.

Brighter Day is currently available on Itch.io (opens in new tab), where you'll also find a demo. There's a Steam Greenlight page, too (opens in new tab).

Phil Savage
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Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.