ferry;;sadhonker;;adams;;fear;;trust;;horror;;puzzle;;black wing foundation Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams I don't know about you guys, but waking up in a grimy prison cell with no recollection who you are or how you got there is not something that is on my bucket list. This, however, is exactly what happens to Nikolay, the protagonist of the psychological suspense thriller game In Fear I Trust. Can he unravel the mysteries of his past and escape to freedom? Let's find out!


By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on October 6, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a short poem:

In uncertainty I dwell
Fear grips my very soul
I need a guide to lead me on
Trust, so I may reach my goal...

Now, before all of you start sending angry and insulting emails; I know this wasn’t a very good poem. Better yet, it wasn’t even a poem at all; it was utter bollocks! But, please go back and read the first word in every one of the four sentences and what do you get? Exactly! See what I did there? Yes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time for a little suspense/horror puzzling with the game In Fear I Trust, developed by Estonian developer Black Wing Foundation and published by 1C Company.

In Fear I trust tells us the story of a unfortunate man named Nikolay. Or, as the world now knows him, Patient 17.One day, Nikolay wakes up in a grimy cell without any recollection of who he is or how he got here. Hell, he doesn’t even know where ‘here’ is. Well, it turns out ‘here’ is a huge abandoned Russian secret research base. Pretty soon, he also discovers the horrific truth that he was a part of a mysterious science project which has left him with a serious case of memory loss, so the remaining questions he has, however, still remain a mystery for the time being.

Naturally, Nikolay wants to know exactly what happened to him and why he was part of this experiment. To do so, he must make his way through the Russian facility, solve puzzles and gather clues to piece together his fragmented past. So how do we actually uncover the past. Well, this is where another side-effect of the experiment comes in very handy: Retrospective View. So, not only did the experiment turn Nikolay’s memory into Swiss cheese, it also gave him a special power! By using Retrospective View, Nikolay is able to see events that happened in the past. This provides him with clues that help him make his way through his dreary surroundings.

Apart from that, there are numerous notes and letters that he can go through with a fine-tooth comb, searching for clues and answers. One of the best things of Nikolays new-found super power is that it can highlight objects in the world that can be investigated or interacted with. This makes finding your way around quite a bit easier. But, as fun as a good back-story can be, the main challenge of the game comes from the puzzles that are scattered through the environment. With each puzzle you solve, you get one step closer to the truth… and your freedom (cue David Hasselhoff)

In Fear I trust was originally developed for iOS and Android and now makes the jump to PC. It does this very successfully with a cool-looking grim art style and fantastic gameplay. The game is comprised of four episodes that each challenge the player with their own set of mind-boggling puzzles and eerie locations. The total playtime depends heavily on the puzzle experience of the player in question and how driven he or she is to find every little scrap of evidence and back story. If you don’t care too much about details and just want to solve the puzzles quickly, you might complete the whole experience in about an hour or two. But, if you’re the more inquisitive type and really want to discover all the ins and outs of what happened to Nikolay and what the mysterious experiment was all about, it could take you up to four or even five hours to play through the entire game.

With all this said and done, I personally think In Fear I Trust is a very good game that will keep players in suspense for quite a while. Its graphics are more than decent and its story is really, really good. The controls are simple and straight-forward and let you navigate your surroundings with ease. I especially like the mysterious, somewhat eerie mood the game sets right from the beginning and manages to keep, right up till the end. I would recommend this game to everyone who likes a good puzzle game with a scary psychological twist and a good story. If these are the things you are looking for, than In Fear I Trust will definitely not disappoint!

available on:

Black Wing Foundation & 1C Company
September 22, 2016