In Fear I Trust is an episodic thriller-puzzler originally released for mobile devices. Developed by Black Wing Foundation and published by 1C Company, it made its way onto PC platforms, such as Steam, on September 23rd, 2016. Each episode will run you about AUD $9.50, and they end up being anywhere from forty minutes to two hours, depending on how much you explore and how quickly you can work out the puzzles.
Right off the bat, the first positive point this game has to offer is the atmosphere. Supported by the great music and creepy sound design, the echoes of unknown noises and unnerving events taking place really put you in your place. There are some truly disturbing things that go on around you at times, and the atmosphere is strongly enforced by the audio.
The audio is also extremely well-balanced. Nothing ever overpowers anything else, yet at the same time, it does not sound like everything is bland and at the same level. Which is a balance that even a lot of AAA games do not pull off these days, even though it should be one of the top priorities audio wise.
On the visual side of things; primarily being a mobile port can not do the graphics of a game any favours, but it also does not specifically result in a loss of quality either. Graphically, there are a few things that make the fact that this is a port evident… but generally, they do not stand out at all. The one big issue that literally stares you in the face the entire time, is the extremely low Field of View (FoV). It is the first thing we noticed after launching the game, and it stuck around during the entire experience. There are games with a bad FoV, generally on consoles, but this is taking it to the extreme - it is honestly sickening to play with.
If you are coming to In Fear I Trust looking for a story-driven experience, it is hard to tell you if you will be leaving disappointed or not. Surely there is a story hidden in there somewhere for anyone who wants to take the time to seek it out. For the average player; just when things seem like they are starting to make sense, you just get thrown into another seemingly random situation and time. It seems as though each episode has its own totally separate stories that are meant to be tied together… but apparently are not. While playing, it feels like the only connection is the character you play - Nikolay.
Coming from mobile platforms, the controls for In Fear I Trust do not exactly flow well on a mouse and keyboard. Other than a high default mouse sensitivity, the general gameplay works well enough. But as soon as you jump into any of the puzzles on offer… it all falls apart. It becomes inherently obvious that the controls were designed specifically for touch controls. The thing is - some of these seem to have been changed to more suit a mouse, but then there are others that take you a minute or more just to work out how to actually control what you are doing. There is one puzzle in the last episode that comes to mind where it took us more than ten minutes of what ended up being frantic and random clicking on everything before finally working out the very inconvenient controls. The worst part is that this entire problem could simply be avoided by explaining the controls in something as simple as a pop-up box.
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When looking at it as a whole, In Fear I Trust has some interesting ideas and methods to pull them off. It certainly has its faults, but it also does a lot of things right - the audio is great, the visuals are decent enough, and the story is… intriguing - when it’s not confusing the hell out of you. However the negatives really do drag it down at some points, and it draws you completely out of the game.
It is hard to beat it for its price per episode… but when looking at the total combined price, there are simply some better options out there. For a total of roughly AUD $40 on Steam, it hauls a hefty price tag. However, for a quick-fix of ‘indie-horror’ in a style that doesn’t seem to be very much explained, there are also a lot of worse options. In Fear I Trust is not a game to rush out and buy, but it is not a horrible experience either - it just has questionable value with its total price and another episode still to come.
This review was performed using the PC version of the game, gameplay may vary on other platforms. BLOT was provided with a copy of In Fear I Trust for review purposes. Screenshots captured by Author.