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April 05, 2020

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In Russian folklore, hares are considered the most cowardly animals: how many fairy tales and fables have been composed on this topic! However, in a visual horror novel called “Bunny”, it is not the lop-eared beast that will have to be afraid, but the player. So far, only the first episode has been released (you can play it for free, by the way), but this is quite enough to tell you about what the project is and whether it is worth waiting for the continuation.

One, two, three, four, five…

Good Russian short stories are a rare and unique phenomenon. Especially if they have a postscript “horror”. From the first minutes, “Zaichik” gives the impression of just such a game, high-quality and unusual. And since Tiny Bunny (the English-language name of the project) is made by our compatriots, it is not at all surprising that its action takes place in Russia, and the characters are surrounded by many references to things that are familiar to us, starting with detectives from the Black Kitten series and ending with hippos from Kinder Surprise “. But personally, the game immediately captivated me with the mention of Conan the Barbarian: the protagonist read a book about his adventures.

The peak of popularity of the stories of Howard (Robert Howard) and his followers came in Russia in the 90s, so it’s easy to guess that Tiny Bunny is just the same short story about this very era. The main character, 12-year-old Anton, together with his parents and younger sister, recently moved to the village, to the house of his recently deceased grandmother. In a new place, the boy feels as uncomfortable as possible, and his sister only adds fuel to the fire: she says that a terrible owl stares at her at night. At the same time, Anton’s peer disappears in the village, and our hero lights up with the idea to go in search of the missing person.

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The game is suddenly topical, and its recommendations are worth heeding!

According to the creators of “The Bunny”, the weak and defenseless Anton is the perfect character for horror. Controlling it, the player has little to oppose to the unknown evil and feels extremely helpless. At the same time, the boy has extremely foldable and ornate internal monologues – not every adult speaks so elegantly. The literary style of Anton, on the one hand, is very pleasant to perceive (as if you are reading a story), but on the other hand, it is a little dissonant with the image of a schoolboy. This can be attributed to the fact that the hero spends a lot of time reading books and magazines. Plus, the authors themselves say that the hero’s internal monologues are not so much his thoughts as an artistic transcription of experiences. Moreover, Anton’s direct speech is not pretentious.

The story of the same name by Dmitry Mordas was taken as the basis for “The Bunny”, but much in the short story will differ from the original source – new characters will appear, and the old ones will receive more screen time. At the same time, the developers still advise you to read the story after beating the game, so as not to spoil yourself too much.

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Among the sources of inspiration, it is difficult not to notice the work of David Lynch (David Lynch). So, thanks to Twin Peaks, I remembered well that you should not expect anything good from a TV broadcasting such interference!

The bunny went out for a walk …

Tiny Bunny has a lot of text (important to clarify – very well-written text), but the player will not only have to read the characters’ lines, but also sometimes interact with the world: inspect and pick up objects, and sometimes choose how to proceed. Other mechanics should appear in future episodes, but there are no details about them yet.

In total, five episodes are planned to be released, and in the final Anton will have one of several endings. Which one – depends on the actions of the player. Again, I can’t help but praise this approach – the variability of the passage adds depth and replay value to the project. The first episode is essentially just a plot: it is not oversaturated with events and introduces us more to the main character and his environment. Well, and leaves a few intriguing hooks.

But most importantly, the novella is not too lazy to scare. The authors skillfully pump up the alarm, and then either squeeze, or, on the contrary, unclench the fist in which the player’s emotions are located. Several times, the “Bunny” makes, if not scream from sudden horror, then shudder for sure. Musical accompaniment only exacerbates the excitement, and all sorts of noises, squeaks and rustles perfectly emphasize what is happening.

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The black-and-white picture also adds to the gloominess of the game. You want to admire the characters, and you want to carefully examine the backgrounds in search of details.

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The first episode of Tiny Bunny was supposed to be released at the end of 2016, but game development is a complicated and troublesome thing: so much has been said and written about it! The authors do not name specific dates for the release of the second (already paid) episode, limiting themselves to a laconic “soon”. Now, according to them, all the main resources are thrown into voice acting, to which professionals are involved. It remains to be hoped that the team will have enough creative strength to bring the matter to an end and the finale of the story will not have to wait a few more years. At least after passing the first episode, you want to quickly see what horrors await Anton next.

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