Getting Weird With It Jam: Withered

“Withered” by JP, YaMaTeh & LaLa.

“Content warning: This game contains a certain amount of gore, suicide, sexual abuse and strong language.”

The eye has seen everything, but the question is, what or who is the eye? At first, it seems to be a supernatural monster that wants to eat your body piece by piece to grow. But in the course of the game, it turns out that the nature of the eye has a much deeper origin.

This visual novel tells in an outstanding way about the dark depths of the human soul, reminding me of the games of Angela He. Supported by a high-quality and consistently executed graphic style, the game confronts its players with an eerie manifestation of self-hatred, guilt and repression. But if you are interested in the game, please keep the content warning in mind. While it is fantastic in its own way, it’s really not meant for people with weak nerves.

A small downer for me is the unnecessary use of jumpscares. In my opinion, the story itself is so captivating that it does not need these extra shockers. Nonetheless, “Withered” is one of the most interesting and atmospheric jam games of the year so far. >>PLAY