Ultra-Indie Daily Dose: Structural Is An Awesome Atmospheric Nightmare

Hello, you glorious gluttons for all things indie horror! Are you just starving for the newest of the new, the most unknownest of the unknown? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Ultra-Indie Daily Dose! In this series, we’re going to pick a new game every day from an indie horror creator you’ve probably never heard of. No million-dollar budgets or factory productions. This is the space for the little guy with not but a developer toolkit and a dream. So if you’re down to roll the dice on something different, then stick around and check it out!

Welcome back for your Daily Dose! This game is one that I’ve been hearing about nonstop since its release. After playing through, I can absolutely see why. Structural was created by itch user Canovi for the Haunted PS1 Summer of Screams Jam, and frankly, this seems leagues ahead of most other game jam submissions. It begins with a person in lockdown during COVID, playing a game with their PS1.  

You can actually play the in-game game for as long as you’d like, though it’s not particularly fun and you soon hear a pounding from the walls next door. You go to investigate, and so much happens. I can’t spoil anything past that, but Structural has a fantastic story. Just try it out for yourself.

The story is not the only thing amazing about Structural. I was blown away by the quality of just about every facet of the game. Great sound design with full 3D audio, good graphics that honestly probably exceed the PS1 polygon limit, and an atmosphere of mystery and dread. It’s also got a puzzle or two, for those of us who like to get our brains thinking once in a while. Like I said, please just play it for yourself, you wont regret it.

Structural is free on itch.io. It’s around 15-25 minutes long, though I can definitely see this expanded into a full game. You can try it by clicking here, and be sure to follow Canovi on itch by clicking here

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