In a recent post, I went through a few titles that much like our ongoing lockdowns also try to keep you indoors, it got me thinking of how many other titles will attempt to keep the playing from venturing off into the great outdoors and I managed to piece together a few more contenders.
So once again, if you’re stuck in isolation or quarantine and feel like a bit of a sadist here are some games where you also won’t see much other than the inside of four walls.
Do Not Feed The Monkeys (2018)
Not-telling-people-on-your-zoom-call-they’ve-left-on-the-webcam simulator Do Not Feed The Monkeys is based entirely at the desk of the player as they voyeuristically spy on people in various situations, attempting to garner enough information to either interfere in those lives like some sort of Robin Williams in One Hour Photo or to sell it on to your mysterious Observation club buddies.
Evoking Night Trap on the Sega CD, only not at tat, the game has you switching between feeds routinely trying to catch the right ongoings at the right time, allowing you to slowly build up the narrative around each camera.
There’s a real intrigue into the happenings of numerous feeds, enough to make you put up with the awful food and energy management mechanic that will no doubt feel like it gets in the way more than adds to the game.
But if you’re sat at home on your nth zoom call of the day wishing things would just get a little more interesting at least, while real life doesn’t have you covered, Do Not Feed The Monkeys absolutely does.
Do Not Feed The Monkeys can be found on Switch, PS4, Android, macOS, Linux and PC.
Resident Evil (1996/2002/2015)
Locked in a house as a deadly virus threatens to bring down society as you know it? Resident Evil is a good way to distract you from that.
Capcom’s classic still holds up regardless of age, partially due to the availability of the remake but also because it’s just really, really good. Resident Evil is the game that invented the survival horror genre, one that’s still going strong to this day. Roaming the halls of the Umbrella mansion as you fend off the dead could be good practice if everything goes to pot, and item management of ammo and medicine is always a handy skill to stay on top of.
While the tank controls and fixed camera angles may be frustrating to some, Resident Evil remains one of my favourites to this day, not merely out of nostalgia either. Fantastic exploration, puzzling and challenging enemies will keep you on your toes all game round, and it can only help that the plot of the game isn’t as spun off into total cuckoo land as its later instalments.
A classic of the stuck-in-the-house-as-everything-goes-to-shit genre. Which is probably what we will be referring to these years as to our grandchildren one day.
Resident Evil is available on multiple platforms, but you can pick up the remake on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 or PS4.
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