A couple of years ago, a game called STASIS caught my eye; this horror adventure game set aboard an abandoned spaceship had a lovely (if you can use that word to describe a horror game) art direction and a brooding, threatening atmosphere. I was one of the relatively few who actually got to play the Alpha demo of STASIS back in the day, and that small taste left some great promises. The main developer of the game, Christopher Bischoff of The Brotherhood, counts classics like Alien and Event Horizon among his inspirations, and if you play the game even for a few scenes, you’ll definitely see evidence of those influences in the claustrophobic environments and constant feeling of unease.
In STASIS you play as John Maracheck, a poor soul who wakes up in an abandoned spaceship, unaware of all but the destruction and carnage that surrounds him. The short time I spent with the game was an unsettling experience (in a good way) not because of jump scares but because of the overall moodiness, strong writing, and fantastic music. The game will release for PC at the end of August, and when I talked to Bischoff, he told me that an iPad version is quite likely. Most games of this genre translate well to the touchscreen, and, as Bischoff pointed out to me, all it would require is some tweaking of the control scheme. He has already played an alpha version of the game on an iPad 2, so porting the game is definitely doable. Hopefully, the PC version of the game will do well enough to help convince Bischoff to bring his vision of space horror to our tablets. Until then, enjoy the trailer.