There are more and more horror games coming to the App Store. Some of them play by the rules, some of them head off in their own directions, and some of them take the path that’s a mix of the two.
Lazaretto follows the third option. It’s definitely familiar, but it’s still fresh enough that it’s capable of spooking you out. But this isn’t a game that deals with jump scares.
Instead the horror here is all atmosphere. It’s about dank rooms and dark corners, flickering shapes, and the beams of a torch. And it’s pretty damn good.
The game sees you traversing through the corridors and rooms of an abandoned mental hospital. You’ve found the key in your grandmother’s belongings, and so starts a nightmarish adventure.
Everything in the building is painted in gritty brown and grey. The only source of light comes from your torch, making the world twist and move as you change your gaze.