I’ve always been a fan of survival horror games. From the original Resident Evil to the recent Amnesia: The Dark Descent, each of these games has brought their own unique take to the genre. What Lone Survivor provides a 2D side-scroller survival horror game which manages to keep the tension and scariness common within the genre even with the retro-style graphics.
You wake up in your home as a survivor of the apocalypse with no recollection of who you are, random hallucinations, and no idea how the apocalypse came to be. Knowing there is mutant zombie like things crawling around your apartment, limited supplies and no sign of other survivors, you must try to find a way out of the city and learn what has happened. This is a basic overview of the story, however I can tell you that it quickly becomes more interesting and kept my interest throughout the playthrough.
The overall presentation is top-notch and you can tell there was much time and effort put into developing it. The music in particular complements every part of the game, whether it is a tense moment in gameplay or an important cut scene. It just works with everything that is going on around your character and has some generally good tracks I would gladly add to my music collection.
With that all said, let’s talk about the gameplay. What makes Lone Survivor a great survival horror is how it does the survival portion of the game. You must utilize various tools to get around the apartment such as using meat to distract zombies, eating various foods to stay feed, sleeping to stay sane, and constantly checking your map to make sure you don’t get lost.
Not to mention things get pretty intense when you find yourself low on ammo a lot and will have to find ways to conserve ammo and get by the basic zombie. The horror element is strong was well, with a few jump scares, creepy monsters, and an overall unsettling atmosphere. My only complaint is the oddly placed controls which I never felt comfortable with. The option to customize the keyboard would have been a nice feature. Otherwise, I had few notable problems with the game.
You can beat the game in 4-6 hours and it has 3 different endings depending on how you play. So for $10, you will get your money’s worth out of it. It’s a challenging adventure which I highly recommend to fans of survival horror.
Summary: Lone Survivor is a great addition to the survival horror genre of games. It has an amazing soundtrack and provides enough content to make it well worth the $10 price tag.
Verdict: 9 out of 10
Platforms: PC, linux, Mac OS C