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Find Yourself is a horror walking simulator with some puzzles thrown in. You shift between several places where the character appears to have experienced events that cause them to develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Here is a synopsis of the game from the Steam page:
The main character suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by an event that happened to him as a child. From that moment on, he can separate from his body and move to the astral world. As a child, due to the abuse of his mother, the main character developed some phobias, which he learned to cope with. But a combination of circumstances forces the main character to go down to the subway, and there he will again face his fears face to face.– Find Yourself on Steam
My Experience with Find Yourself
The game starts out creepy. You are in a subway station that appears to be abandoned. The lights work but there is no one around and the trains are not running. Dust floats in the air, it’s relatively dark, and there are sounds that grab your attention. I feel like I am not completely alone. I’m walking around and the environment changes to redirect me. I see something move in the distance. A phone rings. I turn around and a phone booth appears. I attempt to answer the phone but I can’t so I turn around to find a grotesque figure standing before me. This is where the screen goes black and the next area loads.
This is Find Yourself in a nutshell. I’m walking around and discovering clues as to why my character is experiencing these horrors. I read messages, find items, and solve puzzles. While all this is happening, I am constantly bombarded with jump scares.
The Scare Factor
Find Yourself starts out creepy. The mix of environment and atmosphere creates a feeling of claustrophobia. There are sounds that work great and sound terrific. I find myself constantly looking around in an attempt to figure out what is behind me. The environment and atmosphere generally stay consistent but then something happens to put them on the back burner.
As the game progresses, the jump-scares occur more frequently and take over everything. The jumpscares become so common that they become more of a nuisance and ineffectual. My eyes roll every time the next jump scare occurs. I don’t mind jump scares when they are sparse and meaningful. However, I don’t like jump scares just for the sake of jump scares and laziness.
As I See It
Find Myself is okay. I don’t think I’ll play it ever again and I won’t brag about it. However, the initial experience is fun enough to run through once. I suggest either watching my gameplay video or playing the game yourself.