The Woods are Scary and Dark in “Hold My Hand,” a Game That Actually Holds Your Hand
Hold My Hand is rough and feels unfinished (it lacks both a title and ending screen), but the central gameplay mechanic alone makes it worth a second look. Following two siblings lost in the forest, Hold My Hand gives you only one piece of protection against the darkness and the monsters that lurk in it: holding each other’s hands. Letting go turns the forest darker and more ominous with strange noises in the distance and bodies slumped in the shadows; holding hands helps cast light, at least enough to progress.
Fans of fairytales might enjoy Hold My Hand. Two siblings lost in a mysterious forest searching for their parents? A scary witch somewhere in the forest? There’s no gingerbread cottage in this iteration, but that’s okay, because it’s 2014 and we all know the real villains of the fairytale were the parents..or were they the kids?
Hold My Hand does have three total endings, so it’s worth spending a few extra minutes trying to unlock every path. It’s a pity the game is so short, because I’d love to see it expanded into something longer and more in-depth that takes advantage of the handholding mechanic.