Wander an Extremely Creepy School in the Terrifying Horror Classic “White Day”
It’s Horror Week on (The) Absolute! We’re reposting some of our spookiest, creepiest recommendations every day leading up to Halloween. Enjoy!
In celebration of Halloween, I managed to get ahold of a copy of White Day: A Labyrinth Named School. The title sounds innocuous enough, but it’s one of those Internet legends about a horror game so scary the developers had to release patches to tone it down because people complained. Rumor has it that it helped inspire Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
White Day starts off simple. A young boy wants to gift his crush So-yeong with chocolates on White Day, an Asian holiday in which boys reciprocate or demonstrate affection for the girls they like. Boy Valentine’s Day, basically. To do this, he sneaks into school after hours and somehow ends up crawling through the vents, at which point he spies the janitor beating another student to death…and that’s just the start of the insanity.
I’ll admit that the graphics have not aged terribly well, but White Day doesn’t need HD art to scare. White Day slots neatly into the “helpless protagonist hiding in the dark” genre as the various monsters hunt you through the hallways, mixed with randomized scares. The game rarely, if ever, goes for the easy scare, focusing on psychologically tormenting the protagonist and, by proxy, the player.
If you’re looking to stay in tonight and want something a little more interactive than a movie, check out White Day. When it gets dark, you’ll probably start regretting it.