Yeti Hunter by Vlambeer is a game about hunting yetis.
It manages to create a remarkable atmosphere of tension and isolation. The environment consists of two dimensional trees (climbable), bushes and snow drifts, as well as the occasional blood pool from your already-wounded quarry. Close fog limits your view and constant, heavy snowfall obscures your vision, frequently playing tricks on you. The music during the day is eerie and at night it is tense and startling.
I played for a long time without seeing anything. When I did see something, I trained my sights on it only to find myself wondering if it was ever really there, or if my long slog through this bleak, motion-filled landscape was driving me mad.
After playing until I was certain that I had seen the yeti several times and becoming convinced that he disappeared when I trained my rifle sights on him, I quit in frustration and looked up other people’s comments on the game. It turns out, you cannot kill the yeti. You can’t even shoot the yeti, as there is code in the game that tells it to teleport away if it is ever in the crosshairs.
That leads to the assumption that the developer made the game unwinnable on purpose. Maybe it’s a comment on violence being the main mechanic in video games. But then again, maybe it’s just an achingly atmospheric walk in the snow.
Download Yeti Hunter at Vlambeer.com.