A new retro horror game combines virtual scaring tactics with fiendish puzzles and packages it in a gloriously nostalgic 16-bit format.
Welcome to Camp Sunshine — where the grass is gross and the campers are dead. With support from the gaming community Fossil Games crowdfunded more than its aim, with $1,195 via Indiegogo and received the green-light to be released on distributor Steam.
In the game, which has been in development for over 18 months, hero Jez gets dropped off at summer camp like any normal kid — buuut only to discover a serial killer called Isaac Illerman has returned from the dead to slaughter the holidaymakers. How annoying!
Fossil are an independent developer based in the UK and US. Team member Paul Keene spoke with Terror Time about his devilish creation. Keene said:
"Camp Sunshine puts you in control of a normal American teenager dropped off at Summer Camp. You go to sleep and wake up in the middle of the night to find the place drenched in pixelated blood and a bear-suit wearing lunatic on the rampage. It’s up to you to find out what is going on and put a stop to the whole thing."
"We hope we can create a slasher that can stand up to the likes of Freddy, Jason and the Candyman (here’s hoping!) but whatever happens we’ll make an awesome game that will put you on the edge of your seat and make you pine for the good old days of gaming and awful copies of Dream Warriors on VHS."
The RPG looks a bit like Pokémon gameplay lit solely with a flashlight and splashed with lashings of blood. If you run out of batteries you risk enticing the knife of Isaac.
Watch the trailer:
You can view more trailers on the Fossil YouTube channel.
Camp Sunshine will be released on PC, Mac and mobile platforms on a date t.b.a.