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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 4, 2018

A towel isn't that much of a threat right? Well, after witnessing a towel come floating towards you in a very menacing way, I think you're going to see this everyday-object quite differently. And no, I'm not suffering from delusions; I really was attacked by a ghost of the towel-y persuasion, all while playing a game called Infernium.

Infernium offers you a beautiful looking world. The minute you enter this game you'll see tiny island in the water, floating light spheres and a great looking sky. You'll play the game from a first person perspective, so you'll only see your hands. The first thing that caught my eye were the blinking dots on the palm of one of said hands. What the hell?

You start the game by entering unknown lands, whereupon you'll soon discover that you can interact with the glowing spheres of light and absorb them. This is where those dots on your hand come in; they'll show you how much light you have already absorbed. So, when playing the game, it's wise to keep an eye on your remaining light energy, because without it, you can't perform certain actions. For example; you'll need at least three full meters to break light barriers or else there's no getting through them. I came across one of these barriers already, but I couldn't open it and I didn't know why. I learned the answer to this question, because of the tips that are shown on the loading screen. The tips also tell you that you can interact with all items when they show a circle, but you'll need the right power and plenty of it. So there's a lot to do in this game and much for you to collect and discover.

Within five minutes I face the first towel enemy and, as already stated, a towel that comes floating towards you is never a very comforting sight. And if it touches you, you die, so that's not very comforting as well. There was no sneaking past this creature, because we're both standing on a narrow bridge. I can't use my teleportation powers to zap myself behind him, so running away it is then! But now this towel creature is following me wherever I go. He just wouldn't stop till he got me! As far as I can tell, this is one of those games where you can do absolutely nothing when an enemy appears, except to get the hell out of there!

On Steam, the game is described as a survival horror approach to Pac-Man. I can't say I see the similarities to Pac-Man to be honest, except for the fact that you collect dots and can do nothing else than run away from enemies. Infernium has a much bigger world to offer and sure isn't linear. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is a bad thing. I just don't see what Infernium has to do with Pac-Man. Oh well, that might just be me, I guess!

Infernium is a nice game that offers you a beautiful world in which you're basically on your own. If you want tutorials to explain every detail of the game and like to finish off enemies by using extravagant weapons, you might be disappointed. But if you're up for a challenge in a beautiful setting and simple controls, Infernium might just be your game.

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Carlos Coronado
April 3, 2018