Take it from someone who grew up with an Apple II — text adventure games can be downright unnerving when done correctly. Amnesia and other such survival horror games may have gruesome visuals, but when all the input is text and your mind is free to fill in the blanks, it’s sometimes scarier.

Thus, we call to your attention American Angst, written by Misha Verollet. Says Misha, “Imagine a horror novel where you get to make the choices and decide how the story plays out: You wake up in total darkness not knowing where or who you areā€”and they are trying to kill you. Your objective: survive and find out who you are and why you are in this prison complex. Who is after you? How did you get here?”

  • Replay value: The full story unfolds through the different endings
  • Monitor your stats: Health, panic status, inventory, weapons, …
  • Turn-based Combat System
  • Autosave and Checkpoints
  • Text-based, no graphics or sound effects: Your imagination is your best friend and worst enemy
  • 70k words
  • Approx. 45 – 60 minutes of estimated play time (depending on your pace and choices you make)
  • Warning: Graphic Violence, Explicit Language, Dark Humor, Gore

The best thing about American Angst is that the phone version doesn’t cost anything. It’s free to download on Android devices as of today. There are also versions available for Windows and Mac.

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