Haunted PS1 Wretched Weekend 1: VHS, 1986

“VHS, 1986” by Adam Pype & Viktor Kraus.

“[A] friend gave you a box of blank VHS tapes, but it seems like he gave you the wrong ones. [A] short horror game about VHS tapes you [should not] be watching.”

Once more, the jams initiated by The Haunted PS1 prove to be the birthplaces of amazing jam games. With “VHS, 1986”, a multi-layered puzzle horror game was created in this context. You play as a person who just got handed one poster and a box with seemingly blank video tapes. As it turns out, the VHS tapes are not empty at all. You decide to take a look into them… So, what do you think you will see here? Takes from a horror movie? Maybe a gore-splatter-amateur scene? Or even worse… A snuff film, maybe?

No. That is not the horror you face in “VHS, 1986”. All the tapes are harmless. For example, you will see someone taking a walk through a city, taking a look at some flowers or news story snippets about tobacco ads. Sounds weird? It is. Especially as your friend gives you a concerned call to return those tapes as soon as possible, as the original owner wants them back.

It is now your turn to find out what the secret behind these tapes is. What I can assure you for now is that even the solution to the ‘main puzzle’ inside the game will not completely explain it all. But with a pair of sharp eyes for details, a QR code scanner and some interpretation skills you might be able to do it. Solve the mystery – or just enjoy the still beautifully designed surface of “VHS, 1986”. >>PLAY