I finally had some time on my hands so I had the chance to experience Colina legacy. If you know a little bit of Spanish, you’ll know that Colina means hill so the game is about the Legacy on the hill.
For an indie game, it was really well made, a bit horror, a bit creepy, a bit dark but I think what really shocked me is how all the story got together to talk about inter-generational drama.
COLINA: Legacy is an indie horror game with puzzle elements. Control Alex as he struggles to grasp what has happened when a visit to his grandmother’s house becomes a vacation of terror.
Psychological horror finds a new home when the young Alex wakes to find himself alone and in need of escape. He’ll have to use his wits to get through the terrifying situations set before him, or lose more than just his mind.
Note: There is a very creepy theme going on which is kinda hinted on in the logo and through the house. The hanging dolls. Armed with only a flashlight, you discover them as you walk around the trashed house of your grandma. You find out your name is Alex. You find out your mother saved you from nearly drowning when you were a young child.
You find clues about an old monster and a summoning. It all points to magic rituals. . That’s when the Lovecraftian references come into focus, and it’s all very intriguing. Chance6 member Lucas Svensson was the writer and director of the overall narrative. “Over the years the story has undergone some modifications and adaptations but the original plot has never been altered, it has always been the same one proposed by Lucas from the beginning,” the developers told us. Svensson’s influences include Metal Gear Solid, Oldboy, Dark Tower, It, Bloodborne, Uzumaki, and Berserk.
The ending comes after you put together different puzzles and evade monsters after monsters – one of which is Alex’s dad who’s just sorry. What for, we hear from a telephone conversation where Alex was remembering where he told his nana that his mother seems to love him too much after his near death experience. She always touched him inappropriately and there’s hints of sexual abuse going on behind closed doors.
Jealous of his wife’s closeness with his son, it was his father that decided to drown the little boy in order to win his wife’s affections.
It’s all a bit incestuous and in the end, when Alex escapes the moon monster, he exists through a door, drives off and stops at a tree where a woman is show blowing in the wind as she is hanged from a branch. Alex refers to this woman as “mother” and keeps talking to her as she was still alive.
After all, every family is different. I once dated a guy whose mother would crawl in bed with him and give him back rubs. (Weirded me out.) In some families, they pee with the door open. In others, they drink freely from one another’s cups. In still others, they share beds. And in still others, they hold hands…