Horror games have been quite numerous on the Nintendo Switch ever since it first launched. But when you talk about the horror genre, there are several kinds of gameplay mechanics that can be put in to place. from jumpscares to action orientated games. But then there is also the psychological horror and that is where Rise Of Insanity comes in.
Rise of Insanity is a psychological horror game played in first-person. Located in America in the 1970s, the story centers on Dr. Stephen Dowell, a renowned psychologist confronted with a difficult patient who presents distinct but contradictory symptoms of different mental disorders. The life of the doctor himself is also shrouded in mystery – you have to put yourself in his place to find out the truth. What terrible fate has happened to your wife and your child? Is your new patient, on whom you are testing your experimental treatment methods, somewhat responsible for what happened? Who is to blame?
Rise of Insanity succeeded in disorienting you by making you pass between dream and reality thanks to the games of hide and seek with your memory. The game environments help a lot thanks to a simple discreet change until the most intense and dark moments. Without being a visually accomplished game, the details and colors are pleasant to the eye. The details on the interactive objects that are numerous in each zone are good, but at times unnecessarily blurred.
You can see this game as a walking simulator that, beyond the visuals and its atmosphere, manages to have a small story – there are notes and recordings that help you to understand the story. Some puzzles to solve will help you progress, they are by no means a real challenge, they are an excuse to make the game slightly more interactive. In the end you will sadly find that this experience is a bit short lived with only about two to two and a half hours of gametime.
Rise of Insanity is an interesting horror game that is sadly a bit short lived for what its worth.