ASH PINES: Survive a Ferocious Monster while unraveling the Mystery of your former Hometown
Ash Pines (aka Welcome to Ash Pines) is a short indie adventure, puzzle and horror game being produced by Stranga Games and which has a demo version that was published on October 31st, 2020, on the itch.io platform. In Ash Pines, you control Mark Sullivan, who travels back to Ash Pines, your childhood town, after receiving a mysterious letter. Upon arriving at a motel, he discovers that something is wrong in the place and, now chased by a strange monster, he must survive while unraveling the mystery that hangs in the city.
The game has a very well done 2D look with a top-down camera, although you can't explore it much, as it's a demo. You have five areas to explore (rooms, exterior, reception, storage and utilities), each location having items and information about the happenings at the motel. In terms of gameplay, we have a puzzle style a la Resident Evil and other games of the genre: you take items and combine some of them in a point A to unlock a point B, which can put fans of survival horror games at ease here.
As for the atmosphere of horror and tension proposed, I must say that Ash Pines conveys it very well, remembering to see this in games like Silent Hill 2 and even Protagoras Bleeds, a game that is being produced by Bryce Bucher and which was checked out here in the compilation Haunted PS1 Demo Disc 2021.
We can only wait for the release of the full version of this game, as it has excellent potential. In the meantime, you can check the gameplay of the demo and, if interested, download the game by clicking on the links below.
CHECK OUT THE GAMEPLAY HERE: https://youtu.be/lUmyrUUYKJs
DOWNLOAD THE DEMO HERE: https://stranga.itch.io/ashpines