is a horror adventure game for Microsoft Windows, published in 2012 by an independent Italian studio Dreampainters. It can be purchased here
Allegedly based on an ancient Italian legend, the game features a nameless and faceless protagonist, who is haunted by nightmares about a house he has never been to. It seems, though, that those dreams have something to do with some woman from his past named Anna. As if she's calling out to him.
Finally he finds an abandoned, dilapidated house from his nightmares, breaks in... and that's where things take a turn to really, really
creepy and really, really
The game was rather poorly received by the critics, who praised the atmosphere and the horror aspect, but criticized the nonsensical puzzles and a rather incomprehensible story. However, the game proved to be fairly popular with the audience; it became something of a trend to make video walkthroughs of it.
It was released again in 2013 as an 'extended edition' that features completely retooled puzzles, a new inventory system, 5 new endings, some changes to the scare system, and some redone translation work. It was given for free to original customers, and critics' opinions improved dramatically, with its initial 55 Metacritic rising up to a 75.Needs Wiki Magic LoveWarning: spoilers ahead.
Anna includes examples of:
- And I Must Scream: The protagonist, in the "best" ending. He takes it pretty well, though.
- Ax-Crazy: The protagonist is this... quite literally.
- Beat Still, My Heart: Even the protagonist has a freak out at this part.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
The protagonist: Back that, I think, I was engaged already. I can't even remember to whom.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Much less of it than other examples out there, but the contrast between a peaceful landscape outside of the house and the absolutely terrifying interior is rather off-putting.
- Cosmic Horror Story
- Creepy Statue: And how!
- Demonic Possession: Or should it be Divine Possession?
The protagonist: I'm hers. Corrupted in body and mind.
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: The protagonist and the girl in the forest, if you stick to the theory that the girl is an incarnation of Anna.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There
- Featureless Protagonist: The only thing that we know about him is that he's male, and even that is established in his "flashbacks".
- Golden Ending: A double subversion of this trope. The ending which requires you to do the most work is both the most horrifying and the most sensible out of three.
- Hearing Voices: The narrative of the game.
- Human Sacrifice: Children sacrifice, too.
- Jump Scare
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Apparently, happened to the protagonist before the beginning of the game.
- Love Makes You Crazy / Love Makes You Evil: Guess, this is what you get for falling in love with Mother Nature herself.
- Mother Nature: Apparently, Anna.
- Meaningful Echo: "Forever and ever".
- Mind Screw: Very intentionally so.
- Multiple Endings: Three of them.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: "Miserere mei... Miserere mei..."
- Randomly Generated Levels: To an extent; the scary elements are randomly placed.
- Reality Subtext: One of the questions at the FAQ page is whether the game is related with the Cogne homicide. Without spoiling anything, let's just say there is a reason why this is a FAQ.
- Refusal of the Call: One of the endings has you walking out of the house horrified by what you've learned, never to return again.
- Sanity Slippage
- Scenery Gorn: Once you go inside the house.
- Scenery Porn: The outside of the house is very nice.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Most of the soundtrack is rather serene and peaceful.
- Story Breadcrumbs: I guess, you could put it that way...
- Summoning Ritual: The protagonist is so in love with Anna that he performs a horrifying version of this involving child sacrifice.
- Surreal Horror
- Through the Eyes of Madness
- Villain Protagonist: Big time.
- Would Hurt a Child: The protagonist.
- Yandere: The protagonist, and, if two out of three endings are anything to go by, even Nature Goddess herself is not immune to this trope.