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Flathead invites you to play an atmospheric game of over or under

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Much like the recently released Buckshot Roulette, Flathead by Tim Oxton is incredibly simple. Also like Buckshot Roulette, it intends to creep you out with its thick atmosphere, which it achieves with aplomb. So, what exactly does it entail?

In Flathead, you find yourself inexplicably strapped to a machine, your only option being to play a game of “over or under” if you wish to possibly escape with your life. You push a button, a number between 1 and 20 is randomly displayed on the screen on front of you, and then you need to need to press a button deciding whether the next number will be higher or lower. Get it right, and you get a point.

With you needing to acquire a number of points in order to pull a lever and escape, the question is: what do you do with the point that you’ve earned? You can bank it if you wish, adding it to your stock of points, or you can gamble it, pushing the button to generate a number again. Guess over or under correctly again, and that one point will become three points. Do it a third time, and it becomes six. Guess wrong before you bank your points, however, and they’re lost.

Flathead body
Image: Tim Oxton

Along the way, there are other things to consider as well. Guess correctly a number of times in a row and the wheel of fortune will appear. Pull the lever and good things could come your way, but not every result is positive. You might end up with one of your valuable lights taken away from you, for example, because did we mention that there’s some kind of creatures that approaches you in the dark?

That’s right: as if being strapped into a strange machine in a creepy location isn’t enough, you’ve got someone – or something – else strapped in at the side of you, just to put you more at unease. And throughout the sordid game, someone or something else is slowly approaching you, their footsteps getting ever close. And so, fail too often, or make frequent use of the button that allows you to create your own luck, and you might meet an unfortunate demise.

A single playthough of Flathead, consisting of multiple rounds, is likely to take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. There are plenty of reasons to go back, however, with tapes to unlock that reveal a narrative, and in the latest update, online leaderboards as well as a new ‘Push Your Luck’ mode in which you simply play until you lose.

All this, and Flathead costs just £1.69/$1.99. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of tense experiences that you can go back to time and time again, you’d be a fool to not pick it up.

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