This is a little-know action-adventure survival game developed by British team Andrew Spencer Studios and released by Psygnosis in 1994.
Ecstatica is clearly inspired by Alone in the Dark series but is definitely not a clone. Aesthetically, the game uses ellipsoids instead of polygons which results in a unique feel and look. To my knowledge, this is the first game which uses this method. Ecstatica is a creepy game in a unique way; the atmosphere, the monsters (which used to be village animals), and the sound. It’s strange and very very difficult and certainly not without flaws.
I think that this game has enough content for an episode of Dos Game Club. I end this post by a quote from Wikipedia:
Computer Gaming World nominated Ecstatica as its 1994 “Adventure of the Year”, although it lost to Relentless: Twinsen’s Adventure. The editors praised wrote of Ecstatica, “The offbeat characters and unusual storyline mesh with the racy humor to form an adventure of a different feather.”
Love this game! I never managed to beat it, but it had a great atmosphere and very fucked up visuals at points.
I think it makes an interesting case for games greatly inspired by Alone in the Dark that came out before Resident Evil. In that sense, I think it is one of the better ones, although time certainly hasn’t been kind to it and the numpad controls might get some getting used to.