Australian-made 2D survival horror Clea comes to Switch on Halloween


Clea, a gorgeous 2D survival horror game from Australian developer InvertMouse, will soon be available on Nintendo Switch. It’s due out on 31 October (AEDT/NZDT)—a fitting date for what looks like a very creepy game.

Clea is described as a “jump scare free, skill-based survival horror adventure”. As the titular heroine, you must help your little brother escape from a mansion overrun with terrifying monsters thanks to your parents’ dangerous experiments. It’s got a unique art style that’s both eerie and enchanting—a puppet-like cartoon aesthetic in a gothic horror setting.

Here’s the game’s description from the eShop store page:

Clea is a jump scare free, skill-based survival horror adventure.

Mum and Dad have been experimenting on Chaos Servants, but now, the monsters have been let loose. Clea, with her brother in tow, must escape from the Whitlock Mansion.

Watch your back, Clea. Those closest to you may be the real terror.

Outwit the Chaos Servants: The Chaos Servants are on the hunt. Listen for their footsteps, peek under doors, and stay far, far away.

Escape the Whitlock Mansion: The Whitlock family has trapped Clea inside the mansion. Hunt down key items and solve the puzzles designed to lock you from the outside world.

No jump scares: No prescripted scares, promise. Your skills and actions will determine Clea’s fate.

Unveil family history: The Whitlock bloodline is filled with dark memories. Obtain memory orbs and uncover your family secrets through bonus chapters.

A screenshot from Clea, showing two children running away from a skeleton-like creature.

Clea is already available on PC via Steam, having launched there last year. At the time of writing, it’s 10% off as part of the Steam Halloween Sale. We’ll have a review of the Switch version of Clea soon, so look out for that at Shindig in the near future.


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