diana;;gray;;dawn;;horror;;religion;;puzzle;;advenure;;interactive;;stone;;carbon;;incubator Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee It's summer, so one of the last things on your mind would probably be Christmas. But did you know that fashion designers, food chefs and party planners are already making their first preparations for this most wonderful time of the year?! Coincidentally, Gray Dawn, a religious horror game by Iasi, Romania based independent developer Interactive Stone, starts on Christmas Eve. Now, this is my kind of preparation for the season to be jolly!

GRAY DAWN

By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on June 7, 2018

It's summer, so one of the last things on your mind would probably be Christmas. But did you know that fashion designers, food chefs and party planners are already making their first preparations for this most wonderful time of the year?! Coincidentally, Gray Dawn, a religious horror game by Iasi, Romania based independent developer Interactive Stone, starts on Christmas Eve. Now, this is my kind of preparation for the season to be jolly!


I have actually played the first 90 minutes of Gray Dawn, because I was lucky enough to get access to the Gray Dawn demo, two weeks ago. In this first person horror game, you take the role of Father Markus Abraham who is, shall we say, not having himself a merry little Christmas, because people are accusing him of killing a young boy named David, who was one of the altar boys at the church. So, instead of rockin' around the Christmas tree, Markus has only one thing on his mind right now and that is proving that he is innocent while, at the same time, finding out what happened to David. In order to do so, Markus has to solve a lot of puzzles and the only "person" helping him in any way is the spirit of David. And let's just say that David isn't the only spirit who will accompany Markus.

Markus soon find himself in a world of mystery, occultism and demonic possession. A lot of items in this game are related to the Christian religion. So, my days in church and knowledge of Christianity gave me a bit of advantage. I'm a Christian myself and although I do not go to church every Sunday, I do believe in God and try to live a good life. I remember one moment in the game where I had to sacrifice the blood and body of Christ. I knew immediately I needed red wine and bread, so I was very proud of myself. But at the same moment, the solution was announced by the game itself, so I only needed the find the items.


Now, this may sound like the game gives you all the answers and you'll only need to search for the items you need. This, however, is not true and would be giving the game not enough credit. First of all, searching for the items is a treat in this awesome looking game and, secondly, there is a lot more to do than just finding items. I love how the developers designed a bunch of brilliant puzzles for you to solve. The first part of the game takes place in a mansion and at a certain point you'll go outside, which is where things get even more interesting. Somewhere along the way, you'll find a mysterious heart-shaped mechanical object. I didn't know what to do with it at first. At some point, I got stuck while walking around outside because I couldn't cross a river and there was no other way to continue. SO, as a seasoned adventure game player, I tried to make use of every object I found, which led to the discovery that I could use my heart-shaped box to change the seasons! This meant that a bridge that had been broken, was now whole again.

Horror games are always a bit tricky for me. Before I start playing I usually think: "Why the hell did I agree to play this game?!" While playing, I often wonder what I got myself into and, more importantly, why? But, when I finish the game, I'm all like: "This is awesome! Why don't I play horror games more often?!" Playing Gray Dawn was no exception to this rule; I was walking around, expecting a murdering maniac around every corner. But, lucky for me, Gray Dawn is not a horror story filled with jump scares. It's a game, no, it's an experience that is horrifying and keeps you at the edge of your seat every minute of the way. And there is a demon voice that you'll hear from time to time, which is not reassuring at all!


Gray Dawn is an excellent first-person horror game and, while it clearly has religion written all over it, is not trying to convert you in any way. I simply love how the developers show you how religion can be a wonderful thing, but also a disaster and that which of these two it is going to be, totally depends on how people interpret something. If you want to play an awesome horror game with an excellent story in a amazing setting, Gray Dawn is definitely the game for you!


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GRAY DAWN
Interactive Stone & Carbon
June 7, 2018