Lure’s premise is simple. It has to be. This free horror fishing game on Steam it takes about four minutes to finish, so there’s not a lot of space to put in characters, plot, story, or anything else. There is almost no time for terror. Or fishing, for that matter.
When Lure starts, I’m on a lonely road because someone told me I could get paid for fishing. I meet a faceless old man next to a van on the side of the road and he tells me that if I catch a fish in the lake behind an abandoned shrine, he will pay me. I agree.
That’s the first 35 seconds of the game and pretty much all I can reveal. I went fishing, and what happened next is what happened next. And despite such a short runtime, I got a pretty good scare. I also had a good laugh. Lure only lasts for a few minutes, but it’s still a good horror game: scary, disturbing, shocking, and not without a sense of humor. It’s a short story in game form, and I enjoy it.
The extreme low-fi aesthetic helps, with grainy visuals that make you feel like you’re viewing the experience through an old-school security camera, even though it’s a first-person perspective game. The sound is also excellent, a mood of apprehension and dread that slowly builds, along with some nice ambient sound effects in different areas of the game’s small map.
Lure was made in 10 days for Scream Jam in October 2021, and it’s a perfect horror experience to take you through the weekend. I feel like I should write more, but such a short article seems appropriate for such a short game. Try! Go fishing. Get scared. Have a laugh.