Genuinely great horror games on mobile are typically few and far between, so it’s absolutely cause for celebration when a title as sharp and unnerving as Distraint 2 comes along.
The original Distraint launched for iOS back in 2017, gaining praise for its tight control of tone and absorbing exploration of guilt. Thematically, it was challenging game, forcing players to confront the widespread impact of their own struggles to make ends meet in a system that allows for the constant and easy dehumanisation of others.
The sequel continues to follow this thematic line of questioning, expanding it in ways that surprise and disturb in equal measure. It retains the grim aesthetic of the original – all swollen heads and shadowy corners – while further honing the logic-based puzzling at the heart of the series.
There be monsters here, of course, but the focus is placed firmly on establishing a mounting atmosphere of otherworldly dread, and it positively soars in the moments when its narrative drip-feed exposes yet another horrendous happening. It’s also a concise, focused vision, uninhibited by laboured controls or a reliance on archaic, illogical logic puzzles.
If you’re on the hunt for horror, you could do a whole lot worse than Distraint 2. So check this one out on the App Store or Google Play now.