First released way back in 2008, Ao Oni was a game (and I actually think still is) that was very popular with YouTube streamers like Pewdiepie. Despite loving horror games, I never gave it a chance…. Until now!
A Plot Out Of A Horror Movie
As a huge horror movie (and game) fan I always get a kick out of a game that uses a plot that could have been ripped out of a horror movie. Ao Oni has a pretty fun horror story running through it. You play as a young Japanese teenager called, Hiroshi. Hiroshi and a few of his buddies are screwing around and end up going to a “haunted” mansion. Once inside the doors slam shut behind them and they lock. The group of teenagers are trapped inside this mansion. Hiroshi is a bit skeptical if it is actually haunted or not, but he will soon find out that this place is more messed up than he could have ever imaged as this place is home of a creep blue Oni!
Beware The Oni
One of the things that I like about Ao Oni is how the game does not give you a lot of details about this creature that is pursuing you around the mansion. He looks creepy as hell, he is buff, blue and has this weird look on his face. Worst of all is the music! The game puts this shrieking sounding music on whenever the blue Oni is present. This music I would go as far to say is even scarier than the actual Oni himself. Some people may wish that there was a little more back story to the Blue Oni or the actual mansion itself and usually in a movie or game I would agree with you. However, in the case of Ao Oni, I feel that not knowing what the deal with this place makes it that extra bit scarier.
So How Do You Escape The Oni?
As well as being a horror game, I would say that if I had to class Ao Oni as a style of game it would be a puzzle game. You will be required to explore the mansion, going from room to room. As you do you will need to find certain items, use them in the right place and in general use your smarts to figure out the various puzzles that the room has. The Oni will stalk you around the mansion and when he shows up you need to run away from him or hide and wait for him to leave. Your buddies can be caught and killed and if they are they will become another Oni that will try and find and kill you! It is very intense stuff and you are always on edge, worried about when the Oni is going to come for you. There are different endings that you can get when you play Ao Oni. As far I experienced there were two different endings. One of which was truly terrifying and showed why the Blue Oni was hiding behind that creepy smirk he as.
If you love horror games and puzzle games I am sure that Ao Oni is going to be a game you really enjoy. It is very scary and has you on edge the whole time. It is also a very fun game to get a buddy to play while you watch them play it. The puzzles are not all that difficult, but the fact you never know when Blue Oni is going to show up makes you nervous when trying to find items and then use them. This is a really fun game and one that I highly recommend you check out.
- The Blue Oni is creepy as hell!
- There are plenty of puzzles to do
- The story is great if you are a horror fan
- Different endings
- The game is very well made
- It is a little short
- That shrieking music is terrifying!
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode