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Interview with Fossil Games. Retro Horror Games Fans Will Not Want To Miss Out On!

“Go back to the 80s and solve the mystery of what really happened in the events that unfurled before the Camp Sunshine massacre years later.” – Fossil Games

Camp Sunshine, available now on Steam, is a riotous return to the glory of ’80s slasher films, which is my absolute favorite genre! Fossil Games created one helluva fun experience!

Expectations are high for their upcoming title, Sunshine Manor , a prequel to the previous game. After playing Camp Sunshine (which has gone on to sell over a 100K copies!) I can’t wait to see what gory surprises the team has in store for us next. I had the privilege of sitting down with Fossil Games to get to know the madness behind the magic.

About the Games

Manic Exorcism: After playing Camp Sunshine it’s abundantly clear you guys are horror fans. Not just that, but there is a lot of love for ‘80s culture and ‘80s slashers in this game. When making the game what movies were most influential over the project?

Fossil Games: Definitely Friday the 13th, as that’s how the game began life (as a fan game). I’d have to say Part 4 and Part 6 are my favourites and that’s what really inspired everything but then we began adding more, and more, and more and eventually it became something in its’ own right! 

Manic Exorcism: Being horror fans yourselves, what are your personal favorite movies?

Fossil Games: There’s honestly just so many, most recently we really enjoyed Host and The Invisible Man. A little further back it was anything Ari Aster had put out … but after those it’s all about the ’80s horror movies for us! Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play – all of them!

ME: And each of those titles find themselves in the game.

ME: One of the first things I noticed was the plethora of Easter Eggs. Made me fall in love with it that much more right away. What were some of your favorite Easter Eggs to include?

FG: Oh man, all of them were great fun. From the sweater in the boiler room, to Bigfoot, the Aliens and all of the posters. It was great fun trying to cram as many in there as possible!

ME: I was glad to find the Silver Shamrock Masks.

ME: On the topic of Easter Eggs were there any you couldn’t include and wish you had? For that matter, do they get an appearance in the upcoming Sunshine Manor?

FG: For Camp Sunshine we kind of reached a limit where they began to become obvious, so the ones we canned we put to one side and they’re going to be in Sunshine Manor

ME: Another thing that stood out was the soundtrack. Perfectly eerie! Who was behind that and what were the inspirations?

FG: That would be us! We’re huge retro synth fans and so writing the music was so much fun! We grew up listening to bands like Tangerine Dream etc. so it kind of comes naturally.

ME: So Sunshine Manor is a prequel to Camp Sunshine. Do you recommend playing both games in any particular order?

FG: Nope, you can play them in whichever order you like! 

image via Steamstore

ME: What do you want fans to take away from both games?

FG: From Camp Sunshine we’d like people to feel on edge, and vulnerable. You have no weapons and are being hunted down all the time. 

FG: For Sunshine Manor we want the player to feel trapped and on edge, this time around you do have psychic powers to protect you – but there are a whole lot more enemies on the look out for you and even more dastardly tricks that we haven’t revealed yet!

ME: What connects both games?

FG: Now this is going to be difficult without giving the plot away completely! However in Sunshine Manor we go through the story of Clement Aitken, our universes Mr. Rogers and what he did to gain his fame … and what it ultimately cost. 

ME: How do both games differ from each other?

FG: In Camp Sunshine, you were very much unarmed and vulnerable whilst a maniac with a large knife was hunting you down. In Sunshine Manor you now have Psychic Powers that you can call upon to cast out the nasties in the demon realm, and also give yourself a little bit of breathing room from the evolving Mansion and Shadow Man.

FG: The two stories are intrinsically linked though, and each game sheds light on the other. It’s been fun!

Game Style

ME: The RPG style of gameplay and art design can’t help but remind me of some classic retro games – namely SNES titles. Earthbound readily come to mind. The NES Friday the 13th too. What video games most influenced you? 

FG: Definitely Earthbound, but then others like Zombies Ate My Neighbours too – the NES was just a classic machine with it’s own look and feel to each game so there was just so much to choose from! 

via Fossil Games

ME: Given the chance to introduce newcomers to the blood-splattered environments of your games, what other games would you compare the Sunshine games to? 

FG: One of our discord members said it the best … Earthbound meets Splatterhouse

ME: That’s perfect! 

ME: I might already have guessed this one, based on the copious amount of guts and gore, but what audience are both games targeted towards? And let it be known, those of us here at Nightmare Nostalgia love blood, guts, and gore. 

image via Steamstore

FG: Well the guts and gore are pixellated which I think takes away the real-ness of it really, but we’d have to say if you have a weak stomach or are averse to some weird stuff going on then maybe our games aren’t the best choice … we like to get weird! 

ME: We love it weird! Our readers can handle this no problem.

ME: Are there any plans for Sunshine merchandise?

FG: Oh definitely, at the moment we have our Sunshine Anthology which includes a soundtrack cassette, sweatbands and a VHS case but we have been looking at other things too. We’d love your suggestions!

image via Fossil Games

ME: I love that kind of stuff. Maybe a comic book?

ME: Do you manage any social media pages for fan discussion and announcements?

FG: We have Facebook and Twitter and we love talking to people on there about anything and everything it doesn’t have to be about our games, even just what movies we’ve watched recently.

ME: Any plans for DLC?

FG: DLC isn’t something we’d ever look at doing. All of our games (so far) have been complete stories so adding in content has never been something we’ve wanted to do. 

image via Fossil Games

ME: Do you see these games becoming a franchise? Are there plans for a sequel? Where would you like to see the games go? 

FG: They were always going to be a series of games with a set story – and yes, we have plans for a third game. Every good horror franchise has to have a trilogy! 

ME: Are there secret endings?

FG: There are a boatload of secrets in each game, it’s one of things we really like doing – seeing what we can get away with. Even after four years from release, there are still secrets in Camp Sunshine that (as far as we’re aware) no-one has found.

ME: What should gamers be most excited about for Sunshine Manor?

FG: Honestly, I think it’s going to be the tension we’re aiming for. Of course there are going to be scares and spooks, but there is always this pervading tension that is bubbling away with everything you do … it’s almost like the Mansion is waking up!

ME: Even though it’s a long way off can you share anything about the third game in the series? 

FG: Oh we can tell you a little bit … it’s going to have the word Sunshine in the title!

ME: What would be a dream project come to life for you?

FG: Oh man, there’s way too many! Finishing off this trilogy will be an absolute dream and then we’ve definitely got ideas for some weird and wonderful stuff in the coming years too! 

Sunshine Manor is the eagerly awaited prequel to the cult horror RPG smash, Camp Sunshine – which sold over 100K copies worldwide on PC and is set to release on all major formats in 2021. There’s also a playable prologue chapter available of the game on Steam – so players really can play before they pledge on this very special title.” – Fossil Games

I’ve had a blast playing Camp Sunshine for hours. It was my horror game fix this October. Looking forward to seeing what the team brings us in the years to come. Sunshine is definitely Manic approved.

I want to thank Fossil Games for taking the time to let me sneak behind the curtain and see what all they’re up to. Stay tuned, Nasties for all of those retro goodies and horror fixes.

[GIVEAWAY] Win a Switch Code For Clea: The Halloween Adventure Game Dropping on Oct. 30th

Alright my nostalgic nuggets! Sekai Games and Invertmouse have offered me some codes to giveaway to YOU, the fans of Nightmare Nostalgia for some virtual Halloween fun with the upcoming horror -anime adventure game, CLEA!

What is CLEA you ask? Well, it’s a thrilling skill-based survival horror adventure. Coming to Nintendo Switch™ and releasing this week on October 30th, players can experience a Halloween ghoulish fest with console exclusive featured costumes of characters from games published by Sekai Games, (soon to be revealed)!

After experimenting on the Chaos Servants, Clea’s parents have let the monsters loose in the Whitlock Mansion. Trapped inside by her family, Clea must find her way out and escape with her little brother in tow. This Halloween help Clea solve puzzles and avoid the Chaos Servants in this exciting paper theater game!

In CLEA, players follow the young woman and her brother as they attempt to escape a house filled with beings that mean them harm. Players must stay alert, listening and wondering where these creatures could be. Solving puzzles, hiding, collecting and using objects to safely get through the sinister mansion and escape. 

So basically the premise involves outwitting the Chaos Servants who are on the hunt. Listen for their footsteps, peek around doors, and stay far, far away from impending dangers. Hunt down key items and solve the puzzles designed to lock you from the outside world and unveil the family history,  and possibly discover their  bloodline is filled with dark memories. Obtain memory orbs and uncover your family secrets through bonus chapters.

Sounds pretty fun to me!

Other key features include:

  • Jump-scare free horror game, requiring you to be on your wits and listen to your surroundings.
  • 2D gameplay with beautiful HD paper doll style graphics
  • Fully voiced in English with Xanthe Huynh (Sword Art Online, K-On), Anairis Quinones (RWBY) among others.
  • Local leaderboards to compete against your friends who can uncover the mystery fastest.
  • Brand new title theme from video game music great Dale North.
  • No pre-scripted scares, promise. Your skills and actions will determine Clea’s fate.

So now, how do I win a code to play? The rules are real simple! I have TWO codes for the Nintendo Switch to giveaway for TWO lucky readers, starting today October 28th, 2020 and ending at 12:00 AM October 31st, 2020. All you have to do is share THIS article to your FACEBOOK social media account (MAKE SURE IT’S PUBLIC), and that’s it! I will randomly pick two winners on Halloween, no tricks! Only treats! So two fans can have a fun virtual gaming Halloween Night! Winners will be tagged in the original Facebook post at Nightmare Nostalgia’s Facebook page and I will DM the codes!

Sekai Games

Sekai Games’ sole focus is to deliver a wide variety of video game genres to the worldwide market to all major console marketplaces. From our large selection of Japanese adventure games to our very own in house developed new IPs, we hope that the rich selection of unique titles colors up the collections of fans from around the world. This initiative is directed by game veterans with over 15 years of experience in the industry.


InvertMouse

InvertMouse is an indie developer out of Sydney, Australia. Developing games since 2014, InvertMouse began their journey into video games with beautifully detailed visual novel adventure games, before experimenting more with new gameplay experience with games such as Clea. Today, InvertMouse produces games for all current gen platforms and are actively developing new exciting ideas for upcoming games.

Deliciously Pixelated Friday the 13th Inspired Camp Sunshine Game Is Getting a Crowd-Funded Halloween Prequel: Sunshine Manor

If you’re the kind of boil or ghoul, and I assume you are because well, you’re here, that loves retro-style games but finds them hard to play these days as our high-definition televisions don’t seem to support them that well. I mean, let’s get real: Have you ever tried playing Nintendo 64 on a 75 inch 4k flat screen?! Yesterday’s technology doesn’t seem to hold up well with today’s partner products. However, in the same breathe, today’s video game developers can bring that nostalgia home into the modern world and Fossil Games has done just that a few years ago with the 16-bit blood-soaked Horror RPG Camp Sunshine- and now with the prequel Sunshine Manor!

And… it’s set on Halloween. Could it really get any better than THAT?!

Sunshine Manor, is a horror adventure game that’s inspired by the famous horror movies of the 80s’ and serves as a prequel to Camp Sunshine- where you will discover the play of events that inspired the Camp Sunshine massacre years late . You play as Ada, whose night of trick or treating turns into a night of terror when she becomes trapped inside the old Aitken Manor. The gameplay involves using Ada’s latent psychic powers to battle all kinds of fiendish demons, solve puzzles and maybe even defeat the omni-present Shadow Man….who is watching your every move!

Per the press release, some of the features in the game include:

  • Discover and explore the ever-changing haunted Sunshine Manor.
  • Transport yourself to the Demon Realm and banish hellish fiends!
  • Beautiful hand-drawn 8-bit graphics.
  • A deadly game of Cat & Mouse where the Demon can be anywhere.
  • 80s Soundtrack written specially for this game.
  • A fantastic story-driven narrative.
  • Devious puzzles to tax your brain box.
  • Lots of scares, spooky scenes and nods to iconic horror franchises

Camp Sunshine – which sold over 100K copies worldwide on PC and is set to release on all major formats in 2021. There’s also a playable prologue chapter available of the game on Steam – so players really can play before they pledge on this very special title. At the time of writing this article, is currently being crowd-funded and has reached 70% of it’s goal. And it’s not hard to see why; beyond the cool-looking game itself, the Kickstarter has some pretty damn amazing perks!

Per the Press Release:

“We’d firstly like to say how thrilled we are to be teaming up with Hound Picked Games and Premium Edition and being able to offer our fans a Kickstarter exclusive Collector’s Edition of Camp Sunshine  and Sunshine Manor. Two games, one cart, are presented in such a unique way that our fans are going crazy for them.” Paul Dolby, developer at Fossil Games, “We’ve also teamed up with legendary horror visual artist, Graham Humphreys, who will be creating a unique cover for the Kickstarter backers which will not be available anywhere else after the campaign has finished! Love horror, love games? Then pledge on Sunshine Manor on Kickstarter – did I mention you can pet the dog?”

For more info and to officially back this deliciously retro inspired game and claim your perks, head on over to the KICKSTARTER page!

About Premium Edition Games
Premium Edition Games’ specialty is high quality releases created with the ingenuity and passion inspired by the amazing work game developers have put into game creation. We take great pride in helping preserve games physically for posterity. We highlight every release by going over all the items in detail and interview all the people who are helping make it a reality.

About Fossil Games
Fossil Games is a two-person indie games team who have a love for retro gaming, pixel art and 1980s horror movies. Having released Camp Sunshine (the first game in our Sunshine Universe trilogy) to a fantastic reception and gathering praise on all storefronts and is featured in hundreds of YouTube let’s play videos from creators such as SuperBestFriends, CinnamonToastKen and more!

About Hound Picked Games
Hound Picked Games, a subsidiary of global consultancy agency PR Hound, is a company set on helping indie studios realise their full potential releases. It specialises in hand-picking indie games that can benefit from the work of industry experts with over 50 years of experience in the business.