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Seek Meaning And Happiness In This Narrative-Driven Indie Horror

This game personifies poverty, bulimia, bullying, and loneliness as monsters. Can you defeat them?

Image Credit: GazpieStudio, IRIS

When I first saw the introductory images of IRIS on Steam, I found myself momentarily at a loss for words to describe its style. The term 'nostalgia' seemed too general, and by the end of this article, you might find a more fitting descriptor.

This indie horror game boasts a unique blend of narrative-driven gameplay and PS2-inspired graphics. Stepping into the world of IRIS, you're invited to explore the haunting and profound dream world of a young woman. 

Image Credit: GazpieStudio, IRIS

The protagonist, who you guide, finds herself navigating a dream realm of her own creation, born from her anxiety-induced coma. This surreal landscape becomes the battleground where she fights symbolic monsters, each embodying a specific trauma from her past.

Image Credit: GazpieStudio, IRIS

What sets IRIS apart in the horror game genre is its powerful narrative and thematic depth. The game deals with issues such as poverty, bulimia, bullying, and loneliness, which are personified as monsters.

Image Credit: GazpieStudio, IRIS

Aesthetically, IRIS offers a visually compelling experience. Drawing inspiration from the retro gaming era, specifically the PlayStation 2, and blending it with anime elements, it creates a unique visual style. This stylistic choice not only evokes a sense of nostalgia but also serves as a medium to explore the profound themes.

Image Credit: GazpieStudio, IRIS

Despite being categorized as a horror game, at its core, IRIS is about the search for meaning and happiness amidst life's adversities. It encourages you to confront past traumas, symbolized through monstrous encounters, while emphasizing the importance of living in the present and seeking happiness, even in the face of challenges.

The game is set to release soon. You can try its demo on Steam and add it to your wishlist. And don't forget to join our 80 Level Talent platform and our Telegram channel, follow us on InstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more.

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