Release Date: 2001
Developer: Crazy Games
Publisher: Crazy Games (Japan)/ AIA (US)
Horror games or in this case a survival horror, are a great product for many people if done right. Illbleed was one of many great titles that released on the ill fated Dreamcast. Illbleed also sets itself apart in trying new things, some of which I wish other developers would have adopted.
Gameplay is unique in making you play through the game at a slower pace. If one was to get scared it’d be fine to rush things, but for the most part its better to slow your role. This becomes vital as you not only have to worry about enemies, but the environment around you can be deadly. You will find the environments have plenty of traps, which can be a burden for someone scared and in a hurry.
Throughout your journey you will find you can bleed to death, lose strength, be scared to death, and lose adrenaline. Bring in enemies to toss in some fun, Illbleed does this a little different. Once in battle you will have a little field where ever you are, but can’t escape until you kill them. If you try to leave, the bounding box, if that’s what you’ll call it, will flash blue. In special cases, a green box with an H will be in the space. If you stand on it long enough and press a certain button, you can escape by helicopter.
This as funny as it sounds is well funny lol, and a little absurd. As you will find you can escape via this copter even when indoors. At times it can be a life saver, but other times, it just feels like a cop-out.
The most innovative things you have at your disposal is a horror monitor, and four senses, sight, sound, smell, and sixth sense. The senses are positioned a top of the screen, and will go off when around a trap or item. The horror monitor can be used to mark spots you think would be a trap, or even enemies.
The story is an interesting concept, you are invited to a horror theme park “Illbleed”. If you can go in, disarm all traps, and exit alive, you will win a ton of cash. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it at that. But, that sounds easy enough right? I could only imagine some crazy trying it in real life lol.
After beating the game, if done correctly, you can play through it again with different characters. Illbleed features several endings depending on certain conditions meet while playing.
Illbleed isn’t anywhere near the best horror game you can play. Especially going back to that day and age. It also does many things wrong, but it also gets a lot right. Its a shame we never seen a sequel or anything, because the game holds great potential in my eyes. Its also one of those few games I like to pick up from time to time.
Have you ever played Illbleed? I’d be interested in hearing others thoughts on the game.