Lone Survivor is a 16-bit style survival horror game (a very unique pairing, we will admit) which released on PC last year and has arrived on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. The story focuses on the player trying to escape from a terror-ridden apartment building. The game is something special, and the unique pairing of 16-bit and horror surprisingly adds to the experience. Read on for our full review…

The game revolves around a guy trying to escape an apartment block filled with danger, after a disaster. One of the most impressive things about the game is its adaptation. As you play through the game, each and every action you take (and decision you make) has a net outcome on the story or gameplay at some point or another. Although the game only lasts for 4-6 hours, it is a thoroughly enjoyable few hours.

So, the game mechanics are built around an adventure perspective. You must find items (which are deposited in your inventory) to pass through the game. For example, rotten meat can be used to lure an enemy to a particular point, so you can then venture past them. The 2D side scrolling world may not seem like a good fit for that type of system, however, Jasper Byrne (the creator of the game) along with Curve Studios have made the system a working success which fits the game perfectly.

The main objective in Lone Survivor is to avoid, rather than kill. Although a gun is at your disposal, I did not use it that much; only when I got into a spot of trouble. The game is more focused on delivering a scary experience filled with enjoyable gameplay, while omitting shooting as much as possible. Graphically, the 16-bit pixelated style may seem like an odd choice for a horror game, but it fits the game perfectly. I cannot imagine the game having modern graphics. It proves that graphics are not the most important thing, and a retro style game in the modern era can be just as enjoyable as a graphically impressive title. The sound effects and music also fit in with the 16-bit theme, and perfectly suit the game. This aesthetic adds charm, horror and uniqueness.

Your character MUST sleep often in the game; without sleep, you will degrade in health. It will, again, affect the game if you choose to do differently, however, the option is available. As with everything in the game, you have the choice, but, your choice will have an impact. I don’t really want to ruin any of the outcomes for you, because they are, in my opinion, the best part of the game. Just keep in mind that your choices will affect the game…

Lone Survivor, under its very simple first impression, is an extremely deep game. The choice & outcome system is an impressive inclusion, the graphics & sound offering is a perfect style of Lone Survivor, and the game truly is a indie horror masterpiece. Although it may be a little on the short side, it is definitely worth the asking price. The game is available now on PS3 and PS Vita as a cross-buy title, which means you will get both versions for the single price of €12.99/£9.99/$12.99!