Weeks ago, my sister (Stef, the female blogger of Tech Envy) told me about a game that she said reminded her of Silent Hill. True enough, this game app, which I downloaded from Apple’s App Store, is just the horror game I’ve been looking for!
The Dark Meadow is a completely free app for both Apple and Android gadgets. Although there are in-game purchases, you can survive and get on with the game pretty much without spending money.
It’s probably the creepy hospital corridors, the eerie sunlight amidst the presence of ghosts and ghouls, or the deformed monsters that I came face to face with as I played the game. Or maybe it’s all of the above!
Dark Meadow: Game Interface
The user interface is easy enough. Unlike many of the other adventure RPG games I’ve played using a tablet, this game is mainly a “touch” game. That is, you don’t press an icon to slash your enemy; you actually slash through the screen to do so!
For me to walk through the corridors of the hospital, all I had to do was click on green areas on the screen. Those glowing green areas represented places where I was free to roam.
Whenever I come across a ghost or monster (which is often, mind you), I can drain that ghost’s strength by using my crossbow. Once again, that requires swiping my finger on the crossbow.
Once the monster gets close, I dodge using left and right arrows found on the upper left and right screen, something which I personally think needs improvement. I then block his attacks by pressing a key found on the upper middle screen. Killing the monster requires several slashes through the touchscreen.
Although the interface is something which I think needs improvement, it makes the simple kill all the more exciting. Still, I won’t mind having a more effective gaming hub so that I don’t have to use just about the entire screen just to defend myself.
Dark Meadow: Plot and Characters
I love how the dark game is actually full of humor. When you hear the voice-over of practically the only character in the game who talks to you, you will find his side comments and snarky instructions amusing.
The plot evolves as you get deeper into the game. What was initially a simple “get out of here” goal becomes a “defeat the evil boss keeping you in this netherworld” scenario. Brace yourself - the plot thickens with time!
Throughout the game, you can purchase different charms, crossbows, and swords using your in-game money. Currency comes in three forms: dollars, gold coins, and gems.
You earn dollars when you find money bags or open drawers. You find gems by finding them strewn all over the place - they’re a little rare, however. You earn gems when you kill monsters. The more monsters you kill in a row, the more gems you earn.
Dark Meadow: Overall Verdict
Did I enjoy the game? Absolutely! I was too creeped out at first, I have to admit. Unlike my sister, I scare easily (she has a hunger for morbid things, I tell you!) but one bright and sunny day, I played the game while I was outdoors and I found out that I could actually stomach the horror!
Eventually, the creepiness became an essential factor for me to enjoy the game. The “happy” elements in the game - the chirping crickets, sunlight, and even the breeze - make everything look a lot more eerie.
If you have never played a horror game app before, I recommend that you play this with someone else in the room. Don’t worry, as soon as you’ve met and killed your first monster, you won’t find it scary anymore.
Enjoy playing The Dark Meadow! This game app is free for you to download on both Android and Apple stores. If you want to see more game app reviews, by the way, just let me know which game apps in particular you want and I’ll try my best. In the meantime, download The Dark Meadow game app - and have fun!