Benjamin Rivers WORSE THAN DEATH Amps Up the Scares – Game Review

Worse Than Death is a scary, action-adventure horror game about a high school reunion that goes horribly wrong! Run for your life, hide from terrifying enemies, and solve devious puzzles to uncover the dark secrets of your wretched home town.

From the creator of HOME, Alone With You comes his next horror title. Back in July I had the pleasure of chatting with Benjamin himself, you can check it out here. As we talked about HOME, mainly.

Released on October 8th via Playstation, Xbox, Steam and Nintendo Switch. Worse Than Death is a fun, story driven, heart pounding adventure. At least on Nightmare difficulty at least, the heart pounding will occur on. Nightmare difficulty is similar to those games where if you die, you start ALL THE WAY OVER. However once you’ve played through the game, it does become easier to “Speed Run” the whole thing.

Worse Than Death offers players the following

  • Action-adventure gameplay that sees you crawling under objects, vaulting over obstacles, and racing for the nearest hiding spot to stay safe
  • Beautifully-drawn, challenging puzzles
  • Horrible monsters that you can’t see — but that you can track using lights, sound, and even Holly’s own heartbeat
  • Rich, 3D positional audio that will get under your skin
  • Three difficulty modes (Normal, Hard and Nightmare) to test your mettle
  • Full gameplay support for both keyboard/mouse and gamepads (Xbox 360/Xbox One, DualShock®4, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller)
  • MAC Version Coming Soon.


The developers also wanted to describe the game as Mature Content, and had mentioned a statement about the game.

As a horror game, Worse Than Death features depictions of violence such as: low-res pixel-art gore within the environment, dead bodies (both low- and high-resolution), blood-splattered walls, dripping blood, and sounds indicating violence (squishy pulpy sounds, screams, etc.). In one scene, the player finds another character hanging by her neck from a rope, swaying back and forth. The player never sees a violent act being committed (e.g. you never see someone dying, just the aftermath).

Though the game got an ESRB descriptor of “sexual themes,” these are limited to: allusions to an affair between two characters; one character’s confession of possible love for another. No sexual acts are actually depicted. (We’ve checked “Sexual content” here to be honest with the process; we’re not sure if what we’ve described would qualify.)

Finally, Worse Than Death offers players a nice smooth experience that has some stories within the universe (If you go for achievements / trophies). The Unseen Monsters, are very random but as time goes on predicable on movement, however when on Nightmare, don’t get caught. That’s where the heart pounding adventure really is, on Nightmare difficulty especially on Chapter 8.

Controls are smooth, not to annoying like some are with pressing or holding this or that and then use this to interact or connect. It’s just easy controls, movements and well easy. The only thing I saw was, I started playing on Hard because Nightmare had to be unlocked after beating game on Hard, once beaten though I was surprised the Normal Difficulty Trophy didn’t pop as well, so I had to beat the game a whole 3 times for Normal, Hard and Nightmare. However seeking the other achievements definitely saw the game beat more times than I can remember, and that’s where remembering passwords, codes, symbols and etc came in handy to start moving faster through chapters than before.

Worse Than Death by Benjamin Rivers is a must play. Especially for those that like a challenge (Nightmare Difficulty). I became actually curious of what these “unseen monsters” actually look like, you can see a little bit of how they look. It’s a game you’d love to play, and I enjoyed my time and thank you Ben for hints on some achievements help.



Nintendo Switch

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