Seriously? A town filled to the brim with creepy wax figures staring at you with empty eyes? Where do I sign up?
I’m going to put it out there right now. This game rocks. It’s everything and anything my little dark heart could desire, from graphics that just ooze with dripping wax, dark ravens, and ghosts of beauty queens. Sigh… it’s like they made a game just for me. Meaning of course, that if you’re NOT a fan of dark and creepy games, this one is going to probably be a game you’d be glad to miss.
So allow me to set the scene… let’s go back to the year 1918. We are observers of an altercation between twin brother and sister, Lucy (yeah that’s right, I’m even the star of the game!) and Sebastian. The video scene is pretty cool, with an old film filter over it that made me feel like I was heading directly into the Twilight Zone. Now, the voice acting wasn’t matched up perfectly, but I was kind of enjoying that it added to my Twilight Zone experience. Almost as if I was experiencing it from very far away, and it took a second for their voices to reach me through time and space itself. Not sure if that’s what they were going for, but it worked for me.
Anyhow, the two are fighting. Apparently Lucy has been invited to have a wax figure of her cast, and she’s thrilled because she feels as though this will immortalize her in some way and make her famous. Her brother, who works at the wax museum, forbids her. He says he’s doing it to protect her, but she just thinks he’s jealous of her success. This is sounding a lot like my family, although to be fair, I’m the one who will be living at home, and my brother has finally moved out… sigh.
The next thing you know, you’re back in present day and getting off a train. You're just minding your own business and this dark dimension appears in a rush of lightning and dark ominous music. Gorgeous. The entire area is transformed. Hands dig from under the earth blocking your path and fires break out. It’s pretty fantastic. Anne would probably have turned the game off right then and there though.
The graphics of this game are exquisitely detailed, with nice gory touches here and there. For example, your hint button is a bleached white skull with crimson eyes. Can you hear me squealing in delight? The music and sound effects were scintillating, adding to the overall chilling environment. Wax creatures and disembodied hands slithered across the screen.
Overall, Dark Dimensions: Wax Beauty is truly a marvelous game for the horror fan, and my only hope during the next few days, as I wait for the chance to throw my cap in the air and try to figure out what the next chapter of my life is going to be about. Any suggestions?