Ib (pronounced Ee-b; a phonetic translation of Eve) is a free to play psychological Japanese horror adventure video game, developed with RPG Maker 2000 by the Japanese artist kouri. It was released on February, 2012. It was translated into English by vgperson.
Ib is taken by her parents to Weiss Guertena’s art museum. While there she asks her parents if she can look around and wanders around in the museum. Browsing around the museum she finds an odd painting. As she is examining it the lights start flickering and a power outage occurs. Once everything seemingly returns to normal she returns to look for her parents but to her horror the museum is completely empty. She tries to leave but the doors are locked. With nothing else to do she looks around the museum again and returns to the peculiar painting. She notices that some blue paint is leaking from the painting and a written message “Come down below Ib. I’ll show you someplace secret”. Upon further investigation Ib ends up going inside a painting and finds herself in a different environment.
At first the game did not really peak my interest that much. It seemed like a random indie horror game but since I love RPG Maker games I decided to check it out. And I am so glad that I did. The game has such an amazing atmosphere and storyline which will keep you totally immersed in the game. The biggest thing that helps you with that is definitely the music. There is also a lot to explore and enjoy, especially the art. The art itself in the gallery is wonderful. It’s not a very long game. I finished it in one go only returning to replay and check some of the alternate endings. As with games like these there are a lot of different endings. The game is a real surreal and captivating experience and I highly recommend it. It’s not just a scary game. It has so much more to offer and you will probably enjoy it as much as I do.
Final verdict: 9/10