Indonesian-folklore based horror game ‘Pamali’ now on Kickstarter
Despite an abundance of interesting cultural inspirations creators could draw from for horror games, rarely do we see any game’s based on folklore or culture aside from America and Japan. That’s what makes Indonesian indie developer StoryTale Studios latest Kickstarter so interesting; rather than another PT or Outlast clone with a new aesthetic, their latest game Pamali seeks to draw influence from Indonesian folklore to get its scares.
On the game’s Kickstarter page, the developer explains that Pamali uses uniquely Indonesian cultural perceptions of what’s scary, relying on everyday minutia to create a uniquely horrifying experience for every player. Another interesting element of Pamali is what the developer is referring to as a Dynamic Horror Engine, where every little choice a player makes, down to opening a door and closing it behind you or leaving it open, can have an affect on how the game plays, based on cultural taboos and myths.
The game promises four distinctive stories that will be an approach to horror that’s “more than just jump scares.” If that sounds interesting to you, Pamali has a free downloadable demo which you can access through the game’s Kickstarter page, and a trailer you can check out down below. Be sure to check out the game’s Kickstarter page right here.