Silver Chains

“Madness is out to get you” says the trailer for Silver Chains, a new first-person horror game from game developers at Cracked Head Games and published by Headup available on PC from Steam today, and honestly they aren’t wrong.

As the game opens, a man named Peter has just run his car into a tree. As he stumbles from the wreckage, he sees an old house nearby. It looks abandoned save for one light glowing in a window upstairs. Hurt and alone, he begins to walk to the house in hopes of finding help.

Peter collapses unconscious at the back of the house, but wakes to find himself inside, and that’s where his real nightmare begins.

On the surface, Silver Chains is your basic solve the mystery of the haunted house type game. Your objective is to explore the three floors of the house, piecing together the story of its former inhabitants and how you, as Peter, fit into its history.

Along the way are a host of puzzles to solve, rooms to explore, and I cannot express to you enough how important it is to pay attention to every detail you see because even the most minute detail can be important later in the game.

Then there are the ghosts themselves. Yes, this house is haunted by more than its history.

Most of the spirits you will come in contact with while playing Silver Chains are harmless enough. They appear just long enough to scare the hell out of you before disappearing in a cloud of dark smoke.

Others, however, are vicious and they can and will kill you unless you can successfully hide in time to avoid their detection. Quick decisions are key in these situations so give yourself a break if you die a couple of times, but be prepared. The auto-save points in the game are spaced out in places so you might find yourself “solving” portions of puzzles you’ve already completed in order to get back to where you left off.

As in any good haunted house game, film, or story, the environment itself is its own character and the house in Silver Chains is no different. Each of its three floors is beautifully rendered and textured, and filled with paintings, photographs and sculptures.

The lighting is gorgeous, though you might have to play with your brightness settings a couple of times to get them set exactly the way you need them.

Likewise, the score for the game is lush and atmospheric adding an essential layer of suspense to Peter’s investigation of the house.

Silver Chains is a relatively short game–you can easily play through it in a few hours–but it is filled with challenging puzzles, genuinely scary moments, and an intricate and sad story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the moment Peter wakes up inside the haunted mansion.

Check out the trailer below, and download Silver Chains from Steam today!