Retro/Grade Dev Releasing His Personal Horrors With Neverending Nightmares



Psychological horror is coming your way as Infinitap Games is releasing Neverending Nightmares on PC and OUYA on September 26th.


Neverending Nightmares is a mostly grayscale sidescrolling horror inspired by creator Matt Gilgenbach’s personal battle with his mental health. Gilgenbach and former co-developer Justin Wilder sacrificed their time and money for four years to create reverse, rhythm-based shmup Retro/Grade.


During that time, Gilgenbach was battling constantly with his OCD and bouts of depression, among other stresses. As a result, Gilgenbach has a lot of dark and disturbing images in his head, so he decided to get them out of his head and put them into his next game – hence, Neverending Nightmares.


In Neverending Nightmares, you play as a young man called Adam whose environment degrades into more horrific scenarios each time he wakes up. The line between reality and nightmare steadily becomes erased as Adam’s mental health deteriorates.


The game is intended as pure horror, meaning that there are no weapons for Adam to wield and fight back the terrible images and demonic forces that haunt him. You’ll have to hold a candle to the darkness, and run away whenever necessary, hiding in cupboards or anywhere else you deem appropriate.


As you can see in screenshots, bright reds are used to highlight blood – the horror – but there are also huge beasts, self-mutilation, piles of corpses, and plenty of other horrific sights to contend with.


Neverending Nightmares will be available on September 26th for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as OUYA. No price has been given yet, however, digital copies were sold on Kickstarter at $10. There’s more information about the game on its website.

Chris Priestman