“Humans are beautiful. But that beauty soon fades.”
I am back from hiatus. It was a very productive break during which I wrote over 100,000 words for NaNoWriMo. What better way to celebrate my return to horror blogging than with a timely review of a game that’s been out for five years?
I humbly present to you my thoughts on Mad Father.
This review is mostly spoiler-free. Although it will discuss overall themes and content of the game, it will not discuss any specific plot points, and I am therefore deeming it safe to read.
This is one of those games that I’ve been wanting to play for years, but I kept finding reasons not to do it. Now that I have finally, finally completed it I wish that I’d taken the four hours out of my life to get the 100% completion for it back when it was released, or at the very least when it was first added to steam. It really is worth the play through and I feel silly for putting it off.
Mad Father is a story driven game that provides enough puzzles and challenges to make it feel interactive without distracting from the narrative. It makes for a seamless and disturbing tale that I found to be well-executed.
Although the RPG style is not always my favorite in terms of gameplay (and Mad Father was no exception) I think it’s a brilliant format for telling stories, which I feel was the main purpose of this game.
The story follows the 11-year-old Aya on a quest to save her father from the spirits of his former victims whose souls are still trapped inside the house. It’s a captivating tale and the elements of visual horror keep the in-game exploration exciting.
While I can’t say that there’s a lot of replay value to the title as a whole, I did have fun going back to complete the alternate endings for the game, something which was lightly encouraged by those helpful steam achievements.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who is fan of short, RPG style horror games, or any casual gamers who have a little time on their hands. It’s not difficult to beat (or get 100% on – for you achievement hunters out there) and it’s a rewarding way to spend an afternoon.
If you’d like to check it out you can visit the Steam Page here – or I’m sure you can find the free version somewhere online. For those of you who are interested in the story but not in playing the game, I hear there’s an old Let’s Play of this sitting somewhere on the channel of a famous Youtuber. (I’m referring to Markiplier, and you can find that playlist here.)