Puzzles and horror
The Oxford dictionary defines Distraint as the seizure of someone’s property in order to obtain payment of money owed, especially rent. (we had to look it up because we were not sure what it meant).
In this game, you play as Price, a distraint agent whose job is to tell widowed old ladies who smell of flowers and offer you pie to vacate their house because they haven’t paid up. This cruel job eats away at the soul of our pixelated protagonist but he continues nevertheless because he needs the money and prestige. However, his job becomes much harder when mangled corpses show up in the places he visits along with mysterious notes hinting at even greater horrors that await him.
The storyline draws you in with its snappy dialogue and by provokes you to think about the tough decisions you’ll have to make as you progress through the levels. Most of the game includes puzzles and rooms to explore. There are rooms to explore and creepy hallways to walk through. This is one of the best horror games to hit the mobile platform in recent times. Apart from the intriguing story, the execution is also noteworthy.
Taking advantage of the 2D graphics, the game is just spread across a strip in the middle of the screen, leaving empty space on both sides (the bottom one has huge control buttons). This setup is a clever use of the mobile screen and avoids the entire problem with onscreen controls altogether. The soundtrack is appropriately eerie and together with the pixelated graphics in muted colours sets the atmosphere quite nicely. The jump scares are pretty effective too. On the whole, Distraint is an elegantly creepy that is well worth your time. It is completely free and so you don’t really have an excuse for not downloading it right this second.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.