Unearth the bone-chilling secrets of an old Japanese house in this psychological horror game
A Japanese indie horror game set in a traditional old house, what could possibly go wrong? Hollow Cocoon is a new first-person, story-driven adventure game set in 1980s Japan. Developed and published by Nayuta Studios, it releases on PC (Steam) on December 7. The game is available in English, Japanese, and simplified Chinese.
You play as Minato Jinba; a university student who has returned to his mother’s hometown due to his estranged grandmother’s critical condition. The game depicts the autumn scenery of a secluded village as well as the interior of an old Japanese house in a lot of detail. However, the idyllic setting soon turns dark. You soon learn that the village is abandoned due to the construction of a dam and that you will have to spend the night in the old house alone.
Minato harbors a deep resentment towards his grandmother and the only memory he has of her is a creepy one in which she told him about the lives of silkworms and humans’ responsibility for their suffering. As you explore the house and its surroundings, the unnerving nature of the setting and the tragic family backstory gradually reveal themselves to you. You must hide from monsters, solve puzzles and collect documents to uncover the hidden, terrifying truth.
Hollow Cocoon has four possible endings with the outcome influenced by the player’s choices and actions. It also has three difficulty levels to choose from. The game can be completed in three to four hours on first play. Aside from its horror aspects, the authentic retro details throughout the setting, from the posters to the postbox, add a nostalgic charm to the title. The half-abandoned house is full of meticulously recreated items common in Japanese homes in the 60s and 70s.
Hollow Cocoon is available for the PC (Steam). It will be at a 10% discount until December 14.