If you don't like scary movies, this game is probably not for you. Knock-Knock (knock.ice-pick.com) started from Kickstarter, and then made its way to desktop and mobile devices. You play as an insomniac Lodger that basically needs to survive until the sun comes out. I have to admit that I've turned off my phone several times while playing this game.
Take a look at the official trailer to give you a good idea of what to expect.
- A game of survival and troubling madness.
- Hide from the invading creatures.
- Fix the lights and keep the cabin rooms repaired to ward off evil.
- Survive the night with your sanity intact.
- Solve the mystery of the Lodgers nightmare.
When you jump into Knock-Knock, it's very unclear what the goal is. It seems that is part of the game, to figure out what to do.
The main character is an insomniac inside random houses every night. Or it could be the same house, but his minds are tricking him to make it look like a different house every night. It is unclear.
To move around the house, you can hold the right side of the screen to go right, or hold the left screen to go left. Since the rooms are dark, it only makes sense to turn on the light so you can see where you're going. To do this, you swipe up on the screen. The character then takes a few seconds to fix or replace a bulb. After that, another swipe simply turns on or off the light.
There are ladders in some rooms. To go up or down the rooms, you have to swipe or down on the ladders. It gets frustrating, because the game sometimes think you want to turn on/off the light instead of climbing up or down a ladder. This is even more frustrating in situations when it is important to keep the lights on.
Why is it important to keep the lights on? There are strange things roaming the house that likes the dark. If they touch you, the clock goes backwards or makes you start the level over again. Don't let them touch you.
There's a clock on the top left corner to show your progress. Certain rooms have clocks that speed up the time when tapped on. I tried staying in one room to wait until the morning, but that plan does not really work. The light bulb might burn out randomly and then that scary thing suddenly appears in the same room.
Before you start playing Knock-Knock, it is recommended to put on the headphones. It definitely adds more creepiness into the game. There are random voices and noises from the house that made me stop playing the game altogether. Visually, I have no complaints. I love the darkness and the use of lighting throughout the game.
Knock-Knock is available at both the Windows and Windows Phone Store for $4.49. You can purchase it once, but play it on your Windows Phone and Windows PCs or tablets. Despite the confusion and frustration of playing this game, it kept me on my toes and lured me to keep playing. We think you'll feel the same. Check it out and let us know what you think!