There’s a game. A game about hitchhiking, and we need to talk about it.
By
Dan. A.K.A Dankmilk

18 Nov 2016 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 10:16 AM

What's up everyone!

Before I begin, I'm going to say that I know next-to-nothing about computer specs, graphics cards and everything else there is to do with building my own PC! I would love to build my own gaming rig but I'm never home nor do I have the space for a proper desktop setup.

That’s why this little PC was perfect for my needs AND I got it discounted!

That's not why I'm here though. This weeks blog is a little weirder than, even I, expected...

There’s a game. A game about hitchhiking, and we need to talk about it. When it comes to real life, this game has taught me something; I never want to hitchhike. EVER.

The game is called Rides with Strangers.

Let me explain. You play Elora, a studious young woman headed to an important job interview in the morning. However, on a dark night while driving down a rural highway, her car breaks down and she is forced to hitchhike with several Strangers. Currently, the only Stranger the player can encounter is The Father. But nine more, each with their own unique appearances, mindsets, and personalities, are planned to come with the final release.

The entire game is viewed from a first-person perspective, and the player is allowed to roam the rural highway they spawn on as much as they want. The player must stand under a light post and wait for a car to approach, focusing on them until the eye icon turns green. The Stranger will then come to a halt and offer the player a ride, which they can accept or deny. If they accept, they'll enter the car that will soon begin to slowly move to Elora's destination, with the distance measured by a blue meter at the top left corner of the screen. During the ride, the Stranger will creepily interrogate the player with questions, all the while attempting to kill them, signaled by an eerie stare or a hidden side glance.

The player can counter their attempted attacks by pressing "W", glancing at the Stranger and keeping them at bay, but each glance makes the red sketch meter go up, and once it's filled, the player can no longer glance, leaving them vulnerable. The player can also keep the Stranger at bay by giving them satisfying answers to their questions. If the player needs to escape, they can tuck and roll out of the car door, but only when the car slows down. The car can be manually sped up by pressing certain speed limit signs - shortening the ride - but this temporarily takes the player's ability to tuck and roll away.

To put it simply. This game can be pretty freaky.

If creepy games are your thing then this is definitely a game for you! New updates will be rolling out early next year with more drivers for your freaky pleasure.

If you struggle to ever catch an Uber again though, its not my fault...

  - Dan.

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