This year is definitely a good one for Nintendo Switch users, as a variety of games are making its way to the handheld console such as Ghostrunner. Another example of a Switch title that’s scheduled to be released this month is the horror game Maid of Sker, as developer Wales Interactive has confirmed that the title will be launched this November 26.
The survival horror game was released on PC earlier this year, and Steam users who bought this game have mostly given a positive review. The game has you controlling a character in first-person, which would definitely be a great title for the Switch since you can play the game as you’re tucked comfortably in bed.
Maid of Sker’s gameplay mechanics is pretty simple: all you have to do is make sure that you don’t get noticed by the horrific creatures in your surroundings by stealthily tiptoeing your way around them. However, just because it’s simple in theory doesn’t mean it’s simple in application.
Just like other horror titles such as Amnesia, you won’t have any kind of weapon to defend yourself against the nightmarish creatures. What you do have is some kind of defensive sound device that will render the enemies stunned at least temporarily.
Other than that, you will need to find certain items within the game’s environment in order for you to make any kind of progress. Maid of Sker takes inspiration from the Welsh tale of Elisabeth Williams.
The title is set in 1898 on the grounds of a wealthy family’s hotel, where there are ties to piracy, torture, and even slavery. Asides from being based on a Welsh legend, Maid of Sker is said to draw heavily from gothic British horror as well, which is most likely why there are enemies that are called the Quiet Ones in this game.
These horrifying supernatural creatures are apparently blind, so you don’t have to worry about being seen by one. However, to compensate for this lack of vision, they have extremely good ears, so much so that you shouldn’t even breathe when you’re near one so that it won’t suspect your presence.
This is where the defensive sound device will come in handy. If one or more creatures have noticed your presence, all you have to do is activate the device and it will emit what looks to be a sonic pulse.
Since the Quiet Ones purely rely on sound, these sonic waves will definitely put them in a daze for a little bit, but long enough to let you pass through the area and get as far away from them as possible.
Maid of Sker’s developer, Wales Interactive, has a long history of releasing horror titles on various gaming platforms since 2016. You might be familiar with this studio though, as it was the co-developer and publisher of Gamer Girl, an FMV horror game that became a controversial topic earlier this year.
Maid of Sker offers a more traditional horror experience though, and we can’t imagine that anyone would have any complaints about that.