Welcome to this week’s installment of F2P Friday, where we highlight our favorite Free-2-Play games. The video game market is oversaturated and sometimes hidden gems can fall through the cracks. This is where we do all the digging for you and feature a new F2P game every week that we know you will enjoy. Let’s dive in!
A Place, Forbidden
A Place, Forbidden is a first person Lovecraft inspired horror adventure. It was released on June 25, 2020 by developer and publisher A Team Forbidden on PC through Steam. The unnamed protagonist awakens in the Library of Ouroboros with no relocation of how they got there. The cursed library holds a vast amount of secrets as it warps with each passing moment. The only way to survive is to find a way out, but the deeper you go the harder it becomes.
The main goal in A Place, Forbidden is to investigate the Library of Ouroboros and find tools and clues. Tools can be anything from keys to screwdrivers needed to pass through locked doors. Players find clues by searching through the library. Then, the player uses the clues to solve level puzzles. Those puzzles range from finding numbers for a code or solving riddles with information provided through books. In the end, there are two different endings to enjoy.
Why You Should Play
A Place, Forbidden features a lo-fi art style that reminded me of the horror computer games my mom used to play in the 90s. It fits perfectly with the feeling of searching through the old cursed library. It never overdoes itself with jump scares or overly gory images. Instead, it relies heavily on building suspense and horror through the books found and the slowly shifting world. The slow build horror draws you deep into its beautifully mysterious world.
I couldn’t write about this without highlighting that A Place, Forbidden draws heavy inspiration from Lovecraft horror. The mysterious horrors of the cursed library can be found through short readings and blood covered documents. And, while not everything needs to be read, doing so only works to add to the stories suspense. As someone who has played nearly every horror game that shares a Lovecraftian tag, this is clearly a must play.
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