Play An Old Woman Slowly Going Mad in “The Fifth Apartment”
The Yellow Wallpaper has already taught us what severe isolation can do to our mental state. The Fifth Apartment simply takes a creepier, more visual approach to the topic of deteriorating madness. And weirdly enough, in its short 10 minute play time, it accomplishes that and more.
In The Fifth Apartment, a Ludum Dare challenge game, you play an agoraphobic old woman who lives in a depressing single room apartment. There’s very little the game allows you to do. You wake up, eat bread, watch TV for hours, and listen to the voices in your head as they get louder and louder. The old woman sees visions, flashes of ominous people or shadows, and is concerned about a moist spot on her floor that gets mustier and mustier.
As each day goes by, the woman’s mental state gets worse. The game does an excellent job of portraying this by making the apartment even darker and creepier looking as the days go by. I played this game at night and was genuinely spooked by its ominous atmosphere. This isn’t a game that cares about cheap scares or intense horror. Instead, The Fifth Apartment knows that sometimes the most frightening thing in life takes place inside our minds.
The game is free to play in your browser. Give it a try when you have some free time today — preferably at night.