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Daymare: Sand Castle 1994 – First Preview

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle sounds like an odd word link game, but it’s actually the name given to the prequel to Daymare: 1998, the third-person survival horror game that boasts influences of Resident Evil 2 onto the sleeves as a stitch- on the SAO badge. However, while Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle may have a somewhat confusing title, its intent is certainly clear – take the genre of survival horror shooter, hallway climbing, collect the money man medkit missions and upgrade it with nifty new gadgets and electric-powered enemy types to elevate it above simple homage.

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle introduces an all-new protagonist, HADES agent Dalila Reyes, who is armed with a standard shotgun, a standard submachine gun, and a standard scenario of bio-horror dialogue. exist. The ‘Sandcastle’ in question was the codename given to the special operation to lure Reyes into a top secret US government facility; a shadow structure run by shadow people who are conducting mysterious experiments that clearly have no plan. If the bloody bodies on the floor weren’t enough to convince you that something very bad had happened recently, heartbreaking recordings would have.

Luckily, Agent Reyes could be in the ice, literally. One major difference Sandcastle has from the original Daymare adventure, is Reyes’ unique ‘Frost Grip’ tool, a wrist-mounted ice cannon that has a variety of uses. Frost Grip can be used to clean up paths in the environment; extinguish flames in a battle-scarred boiler room to uncover hidden ammo pick-ups or alternative routes to a target, for example. It can also be used to solve puzzles, as was the case with the three fuel pipes that overheated which I had to cool down in a specific sequence to deactivate the safety lock on the door leading to the exit of an area. .

The ability to transform enemies from angry ghouls into eerie ice sculptures is an effective way to buy yourself some breathing space


Frost Grip also proves to be a vital ingredient in combat. Can easily deal with zombie-like Prey with a single shotgun shot to the brain, but once their numbers increase the ability to transform them from angry ghouls into works of art whimsical ice sculptures are an effective way to buy yourself some breathing space before calmly picking them up. You don’t want to take too long, though, as leftover energy from fallen enemies will be absorbed into still standing enemies, making them even harder to knock back. If Reyes has enough gas left in her Frost Grip tank, she can launch a ground attack to escape an enemy’s free kick as a last resort, providing the perfect opportunity to deliver an action hero simply like “Chill out” or “Freeze.” Or, you know, something even colder.

Screen – Daymare 1994: Sand Castle

My only concern with Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle is that despite its creepy atmosphere, it’s not particularly scary so far. The only kind of enemies I faced in the 30-minute demo might be filled with sparks, but encounters with them have never really been shocking. Part of the problem is how they arrive at each signaled area, emerging from conspicuous electric orbs like time-traveling terminators. It gave me plenty of time to check my ammo, put on a battle stance and load a new bubble, and nothing has ever knocked me out of my chair like a zombie dog. Ghost pierced through one of the windows of the Spencer mansion.

That said, there are clearly a lot of classified military bases to explore, and the Decoy is likely to be the least of the beasts Reyes will encounter. As new enemy types are introduced, I expect her Frost Grip to be enhanced with other elemental powers to evolve combat, exploration, and puzzle solving throughout the journey, to has the ability to turn her Frost Grip into a true Gauntlet of Power.

Speaking of which, I’d also like to see more early 90s references, such as the fully rendered GameBoy I found left behind by a presumably deceased office worker. In fact, finding secrets and even just basic navigation certainly seems easier at this point thanks to Reyes’ ability to scan his surroundings at the touch of a button. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to find a override cable that would allow me to use the 1994 Wordle equivalent to open a locked weapons cabinet.

We still don’t have a release date for Daymare 1994: Sand Castle, but it’s currently expected to arrive before the end of the year. PC owners should make sure to check out the playable demo, which launches February 21 as part of Steam Next Fest.

Tristan is a video producer based in Sydney’s IGN office. His favorite form of survival horror is social media and you can find him @tristanogilvie

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