There Swings a Skull is a surreal nightmarish horror game set in a dying town that’s baked by a relentless sun that can cause people to burst into flames.
In There Swings a Skull you follow the story of a man called Anatoli who lives in a near-empty town with his husband Pyotr. Pyotr is an artist and Anatoli works at a train station, which he walks to everyday through the town.
The town looks fairly pleasant (aside from a few coffins lying around and a large set of gallows), but it doesn’t take you long to figure out that there is something deeply wrong there. It’s hot ALL the time, so hot in fact that people are prone to spontaneously combusting. This may also explain why the streets are so empty and even those that are still alive are clearly a little unhinged.
No trains actually come to the train station Anatoli works at, and Anatoli sees very few people each day. Anatoli’s main sources of conversation are a desperately flirtatious woman he works with and his husband. However, you do sometimes hear the crackle of PA announcements from a mayor who lives deep below the town (where it’s cool) and there’s also a TV weatherman who is very keen for you to listen to him…
All of this surreal oddity and foreboding doom gives There Swings a Skull a very different feel from most horror games. There are no monsters to run from here. The town is the monster – a horrifying sun-baked purgatory that has no escape. Madness and death are the only things that flourish there and it looks like you’re headed towards one or the other. Highly recommended.
Controls: Arrow Keys – Movement, Spacebar – Interact
Available On: Windows
Gameplay Video: Here