Procedural Side-Scrolling Comedy Horror
Phantom Halls was released last month through Steam Greenlight. Making it one of the last indies of its pedigree to find an audience through Valve’s democratic ‘kickstarter’ analogue. The survival comedy-horror from Incendium Games is currently available in early access. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the game for our Phantom Halls Preview at EGX Rezzed. With plenty of questions answered about the polygonal survival game too.
But here’s the rub. Ammo supplies are slim, as is your inventory space. Limited to a carrying capacity of only seven items at a time. You also have the odds stacked against you since every room randomly generates a series of furniture, enemies and hidden dangers. There were a few instances where the first room we entered led to a swift and instant death by way of leaping cockroaches.
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As a result of the procedural generation, we didn’t actually find any companions along the way. The expert on hand, Lewis Denby, explained to us that when you (eventually) link up with your buddies, you control every member of your party at once so spatial awareness is key.
Co-operative play, Lewis also explained, is potentially on the horizon for Phantom Halls. But since the game is still in its infancy, we might have to wait until console ports to get our hands on that.
We had a few lagging issues when playing. We found ourselves struggling slightly with the action key mapping to the ‘Q’ key rather than a mouse-click. Fixes to those issues are expected in an upcoming patch.
Otherwise, Phantom Halls was a great survival game that embeds itself in the Flash Game philosophy of playing in the moments. As indicated by your survival time on the post-death screen. This isn’t a game about reaching the credits, it’s about surviving as long as you can and having fun along the way.
Will Butler | @QuesaWilla