1983. North East Scotland. An engineer is sent to an abandoned, clandestine research facility and is tasked with decommissioning equipment and gathering research material left by scientists. As the engineer travels deeper into the void, they are thrust into an unstable world of phantasmagorical horrors.
"There are so many neat touches, like the occasional shift to Resident Evil-style fixed cameras, the surreal, distorted dream sequences, and the fuzzy videos that use old science stock footage to creepy effect. The Black Iris does weird extremely well, and it's clear the developer has an eye for this particular style of subtle, gnawing horror. It really got under my skin as I played it" PCGamer
"A lot of games throw around the phrase “cosmic horror” nowadays, but few manage to deliver it as well as The Black Iris does. As soon as you step into the facility the atmosphere is electric and there’s a real feeling of awe as you unravel the enormity of what’s going on there. The retro styled visuals and vibrant purple-hued color palate are superb and the audio design is incredible. It’s a mind-blowing experience. Highly recommended." AlphaBetaGamer
"You are presented with a uniquely horrifying world without the need to shove gore in your face or hide jump scares around every corner. The Black Iris is an unnerving experience that feels like a Lovecraft short story." Happy Mag
- Explore a small open world in a play time of around 20-30 minutes
- This game contains flashing lights
- Content warning: One instance of body horror, scenes that players may find disorientating
- Soundtrack version available for $4.00 (Gives access to the game + 4 Tracks)
- WASD = Move
- E = Interact
- T = Toggle torch
- TAB = Menu/Inventory/Objectives
- ESC/P = Pause
- No controller support at this time (though planned for future builds)
All proceeds from this game (after the standard 10% revenue share with itch.io) will go to West Dunbartonshire Community Foodback. Receipts will be posted as evidence of this donation (probably around 2 weeks after release, or whenever the amount of purchases looks like they are tailing off). If you want to learn more about the work they do see here: https://westdunbartonshirecommunityfoodshare.co.uk/
Note to streamers: please feel free to monetize playthroughs of this game.
NOTE FOR 32-BIT VERSION - this version has not been tested extensively on a 32-bit machine, so while it will most probably work for most people, some players may run into problems.