By – Jared Jacobs

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Masochisia is incredibly dark point and click style adventure through the childhood of a very disturbed child. It is filled with disturbing imagery concerning domestic violence, child abuse and self mutilation. Be forewarned, this adventure is not for the faint of heart and is nothing short of disturbing. Masochisia is more of a bedtime story for Satan himself then just a simple story driven game. Even the most desensitized of gamers might struggle with this title. I highly doubt many people who have made it to the end of the story can say that they enjoyed the experience. Although I am sure that this is the exact point that the developers were shooting for.

The story of Masochisia focuses on a young boy named Hamilton who seems like an average boy, exploring the dark scary shed near his home. Though things take a dark twist right away, as you learn Hamilton sees things that are not there and talks to a disembodied voice. This is where you are prompted to use pills which calm Hamilton down when things get tense. The screen itself will stay in the “anxious” state where you see an orange tint and accelerated heartbeat until you take the medication.

After this, you return home and upon arrival, are greeted by Hamilton’s worried mother. She seems to be frantic until she beings to bombard you with out of place insults and threatening to let your father beat you to death. At first, I thought that this was just a harsh satire as she gives you a bottle of alcohol, which is your father’s medicine, and nicely asks to deliver it. Hamilton’s fear of his father becomes clear when you deliver the liquor. He can barely make out a sentence to which the father responds with more verbal abuse. He even goes so far as to graphically describe to how he wished they aborted him with a clothes hanger and knife.

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The father then goes on to explain why he abuses the mother, Hamilton’s brother and Hamilton himself, because he must “beat the evil from them.” Then he promptly beats Hamilton for fun. The player sees nothing, but you hear Hamilton squealing and he begging for mercy until unconsciousness falls over him. Hamilton wakes up and is immediately chastised by his mother for having blood on his clothes, as if it was his fault. This is but a small taste of how Masochisia approaches its subject matter, and trust me it gets much worse.

As it is a story driven game, and a fairly short one at that, I will not give away the story’s plot. Just know that if you are looking for something morbid, this goes above and beyond your normal horror game. I did, however, enjoy the symbolism and references, even if there were a few I still do not fully understand. Masochisia, in its entirety, disturbed me even with all my video game and internet desensitization, taking me a few days to even absorb everything that I experienced. After regaining my sanity, I found this is one of the few games that has really made me think. Did I enjoy the game? Not really. Is it a bad game? Not at all. Is it a good game? Depends on what you are looking for in a game.

As it turns out, some of this story’s characters and events are in fact a semi-true series of events based on the possible early life of Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish. Howard was a serial child rapist, murderer and cannibal who was executed via electric chair in 1936. Fish believed that he was doing nothing wrong and his actions were based on what “angels” told him to do.

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The controls are simple using either WASD keys or the mouse to move around. You simply click on the arrows to move from area to area. You may customise these controls however you please, but there is no controller support. It also sports a simple inventory system, though there are few items to use and these items are only used in specific points throughout the story. As an example, I found an item at the beginning that I did not use till much later in the game, and not in the way I was expecting.

I have always found myself a huge fan of any game with a good or interesting art style, to which this does not disappoint. The art, including backdrops and characters are dark, depressing, and downright creepy. The music was spectacular from leaving some areas with nothing but ambient sound all the way to having a horrifying score playing during tense moments. From a graphical standpoint, Masochisia does not offer a lot in terms of options, but the game is not hardware intensive so the lack of sliders is given a pass.

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Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?

Masochisia ended up making me think long and hard about my playing experience.   If all the warnings have not made you leery of this game then the price of $7.99 is worth your investment.  However, if you became uncomfortable at any point during the review, or Masochisia sounded too extreme, please do not buy it. This title is not for everyone.

Masochisia Technical Summary:

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  • Time Played- 3 Hours
  • Widescreen Support – Yes
  • Windowed Mode – Yes
  • Resolution Played – 1920×1080
  • DRM – Steam
  • System Specs – Intel Core i5, Nvidia 660ti, 8gb RAM
  • Game Acquisition Method – Review Copy
  • Availability – Steam
  • Demo – Alpha Demo
  • Version Reviewed – v1.01
  • Save Location – Appdata\locallow\oldblood\MASOCHISIA
  • Bugs/Crashes Encountered – At a few points I found myself unable to progress, but restarting the game would allow me to encounter scripted moments that previously were not occurring as intended.

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