Developed by SuperMonkeyFun, Silent Home is one of the most terrifying free to play VR horror games currently available on Play Store. And because of its relatively low system requirements, you can enjoy the game even on medium to low end smartphones. I am playing it on my 5 years old Samsung Galaxy S2 and it still runs smoothly, for example.
Unlike many other early vr games on the market, Silent Home is actually very playable. For one, you don’t get the annoying double vision effect that’s common to many first-generation vr apps. Both, the movement system as well as the high quality sound effects are spot on. I really recommend using headphones when you play this game for a completely immersive experience.
You find yourself stuck in a haunted house with seemingly no way out. What’s more, the main hallway appears to loop back in on itself similarly to what we saw in the Silent Hills demo. In fact, as the author states in his Reddit thread, Silent Hills was a big source of inspiration when developing the game.
Somewhere within the house there is a mysterious book. Find it, and you can figure out how to escape the building. Thing is, the restless spirit wandering the hallways manages to hide the book in a different place each time. An ingenious approach to keep the gamer hooked for hours if you ask me!
Silent Home Gameplay
For a simple indie VR horror game the graphics are plain awesome. The fact that developers have put their blood, sweat and tears into the project becomes immediately apparent as soon as you put on the headset.
The ambient sound effects coupled by random hauntings throughout the game session will scare the living crap out of you. And despite being a Google Cardboard game, it manages to create a surprisingly immersive vr horror experience. Every time I play the game I find myself disoriented, meaning I am almost always wrong when I try to visualize which direction I’m staring at in the real world.
The controls and movement system are great as well. I’ve read some negative reviews about it, but in my opinion everything is working as expected. Since it’s a Cardboard game, there is only one action button so figuring it all out shouldn’t take that long. You just press the button once to start walking and then press it again to stop. You can interact with various objects much the same way.
Given the limited options of the Google Cardboard headset as a whole, Silent Home is without a doubt one of the best games of its kind.
It’s simple, immersive and will most likely scare the bejesus out of you. I’m not ashamed to say that it was the first vr horror game that managed to frighten me to the point where I had to take off the headset and check whether or not I was still in one piece.
If you haven’t had the chance to play it yet, I really, really recommend you do it at once. Go ahead, grab a free copy right now!