No, it’s not a hangover or a bad dream, even though your character is asking, “Where am I, and what’s going on?” Just remember, you volunteered for the program.
In Fear I Trust is a psycho-thriller with some puzzles thrown in to keep you thinking as you try to escape the creepy institution in which you woke up. It’s a bit of a jumble, but you are supposed to be disoriented. You don’t remember how you got there, but you are a volunteer. You don’t really know what’s going, but it doesn’t look good for you or the other “participants.” Right now, you just want to find your way out of this place, so it’s time to start exploring. As you search the different rooms you will find clues as to what’s going on and objects to help you get out.
As you walk around the place you can tap on objects to pick them up and read (documents) or keep for use (keys, tools, etc). Moving around can be accomplished by either swiping (to look around), double tapping a spot on the floor (your character will move to that spot), or pressing the virtual joystick buttons. The left button is for movement and the right button for looking around. If you swipe two points outward you can use the “retrospective” sight. It will show you hidden messages, a door’s lock status, etc. If your character uses this ability too long, though, he will pass out.
Some of the puzzles require an object in your inventory, but they all require a little thinking (some of it of the lateral variety).
The graphics are fairly realistic with a hint of graphic novel style artwork. The audio effects are movie grade creepy ambient sounds.
The controls don’t set you in the quickest of motion, but they are easy enough to use. Given the general theme, it is no surprise there is a little gore, usually in the form of blood stains.
In Fear I trust is on the app store for $2.99, and it’s not a bad offering. Despite the name, there isn’t much real fear since you (apparently) can’t die and there is nobody in the building except you and a cadaver. The back story only comes in small bits (scraps of clues about the place and an occasional flashback) but is odd enough to keep you wondering what’s going on.
The in-game help feature is a bit limited, and you may need to do quite a bit of wandering around to find everything you need to complete the round. While it’s a bit annoying, it does play into the theme.
The downside to the impressive graphics and audio is that the game weighs in at 1GB, so watch your device to make sure you have enough room for it. All things considered, In Fear I Trust is a pretty good game, as the cooler elements outweigh the few small annoyances. If you want to spend a few hours exploring and solving some puzzles, this isn’t a bad diversion.
Buy In Fear I Trust
Requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
File Size: 976MB
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Age Rating: 17