When we're all alone in our cars at night, the smallest worry can grow into unimaginable fear — especially when driving down dimly lit roads with no one coming or going. When you do see a car out of nowhere, you begin to wonder where they came from. Why are they going the same way you are? Are you being followed?
Being followed is a fear many of us share, especially while in our cars. It's one that harkens back to classic horror flicks and seedy pursuits that lead to the murder of the terrified protagonist. That's why the horror game Beware is so exciting. This fresh riff on the genre is full of new and interesting ideas, most of which revolve around scaring the pants off of you, even in broad daylight.
You start out driving innocently enough in the dead of night. The view inside your already-cramped car is claustrophobic, so if you hate tiny, enclosed areas, you're really going to hate seeing how small your car is. You can look around, sure, but only from the view of the driver's seat. You can look out your rearview mirror, too, but you won't see too much.
As you pull out from your parking spot, everything seems nice and normal. You're out for a night drive on your way to a destination that's not spelled out. But then you look over your shoulder, and you see another car in the distance. What are they up to? Are they following you?
Yes, yes they are. And there's nothing you can do about it. At that point, all you can do is keep driving, no matter what happens. If you stop driving, or if you let the other driver catch up with you, they'll aggressively try to run you off the road. Or, if by some reason you get run off the road by your own devices and become incapacitated, well... they'll just come out of their car after you.
The beauty of it all is that the camera doesn't shift to show you these horrors like a regular video game would. You've simply got to experience it from the inside of your car, even if your vehicle has flipped over and twisted. You have to listen, waiting, trapped while your assailant slowly makes their way over, presumably, to carry out whatever heinous deed they had in their head.
That's where it all ends, and if you want to play more, you'll have to start over and see if you can keep driving without having to worry about getting caught, but there's already so much potential in this terrifying game that it's hard to get your bearings and remember that the person (or thing?) chasing you in that other car is just a mess of computer code and not a real adversary. It's positively chilling and appropriate for playing on stormy nights with all the lights off.
The game's still in its early stages, and there's not much to it just yet, but you can download it now as a free demo. Even with very little progress and essentially only one level available it's still stupendously terrifying and well worth cozying up to and having the living daylights scared out of you.
There's no projected release date just yet, but if you're up to it, you can check out the free demo build here. Just don't say we didn't warn you.