Being released just in time for Halloween is Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror. It’s a short but sweet horror / puzzle game that will kick your brain’s ass (… “brains ass…” can’t believe I wrote that.. anyway). It’s hardcore in places. And if you’re like me and just have an average IQ, you’re going to scratch your head a lot.

Developed by Glitchy Pixel, a developer that has just TWO people in it, it’s hard not to be a little impressed with this game.

In Poltergeist A Pixelated Horror you play as a deceased mansion owner and must use your paranormal powers to scare tenants away from your home.

The game stretches across 60 levels and your poltergeist character has eight powers to use, which range from shaking objects to creating Poltergeist-esque vortexes. You’ll need to use all your power strategically to pass the levels, using your skills in a specific combination to scare those pesky tenants out of your home.

Speaking of those tenants, you’ll need to scare each of them three times in order to get them out of your home. As well as everyday people there are ghostbusters, bosses, and other characters who can block your special powers. Sons a bitches.

Poltergeist A Pixelated horror is a slow game that is really more of an exercise in contemplation than an action packed roller coaster. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I found its slow pace quite refreshing after playing (and reviewing) a ton of shooter recently. It’s smooth and well presented and you’ll find yourself relaxing as you play it. Unlike a lot of indies, there are no major issues with the game so there’s nothing to grind your gears.

If I have one problem with the game it’s that it is kinda short. Obviously, coming from a two man development team there’s a limit to what you can expect. The team haven’t skimmed on quality though, just on quantity. Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror is a sound puzzler and wont disappoint; it will just be over a little too soon.

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Paul Harrison

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