While I enjoy iOS titles for the most part, I rarely find one that truly catches my attention so much that I actually become hyped for a release. After watching the new teaser trailer for “The Dark Meadow” that developer Phosphor Games released today, I can say that this title may truly break ground in the market as not only does it look fantastic, but it also seems to be truly atmospheric and eerie.
So what is this game about and how does it play? Here is a brief summary for those looking for some details:
The Dark Meadow is a visually charged, combat intense world of exploration. You awake in a hospital uncertain of how you arrived there or why. An old man warns of a beautiful witch whose minions roam the halls seeking to kill the living. It is only when the witch is destroyed that you will be released from this unrelenting torment.
As you explore the photo-realistic world, you will need both your crossbow for ranged combat as well as your sword for in close, melee combat. Gesture-based “pull back and fire” as well as slashing combat will be instantly recognizable to iOS players, and node-based movement through the world makes navigation simple yet compelling.
Role-playing game mechanics enhance the exploration, as a wide variety of items are secreted throughout the world – from hidden scraps of paper that reveal the mystery of your imprisonment, to money which can be used to purchase better equipment and weapons.
I found it a bit odd that a sword and crossbow were the main weapons in the game, but I can say that the ideas behind the arsenal are very unique to the genre. Also, the thought of exploration being the key ingredient behind such a visual title where light creeps through shutters and the sense of being alone runs high sounds like a perfect recipe for what could be one of the most in-depth horror games we have seen for the iOS service. Watch the new trailer below and expect The Dark Meadow to be launching later on this month. Once an official date surfaces, we will be sure to keep you updated.