An Italian love-letter to the Clock Tower series as well as a homage to 1970's classic horror, and the brainchild of Chris Darril of Darril Arts since early 2010. After many development issues, Remothered was finally unveiled in early 2017 and is now planned to be released as a trilogy.
Tormented Fathers tells the story of Rosemary Reed, who visits the Felton Villa to investigate the disappearance of the Felton's daughter, Celeste. A simple visits soon takes a turn for the sinister as Rosemary's investigation behind Celeste's disappearance soon uncovers a dark secret from inside the manor, especially as the missing girl was also referred to as the name 'Jennifer' for mysterious reasons.
The gameplay is stated to have a more realistic approach to survival horror, as the player will need to rely on their wits and stealth tactics to avoid dangerous individuals roaming around the area in search for Rosemary, as a head-on attack will always result in death unless a weapon is in hand, and even then it's only used if caught. These enemies dubbed as 'stalkers' are highly attentive and cannot be killed during gameplay, and will chase Rosemary down relentlessly if she is spotted.
The first game Tormented Fathers is currently available on Steam in Early Access as of October 31st 2017, and was officially released on January 31st 2018.
The sequel Broken Porcelain is currently under development, where it will take place in the Ashmann Inn, where Celeste Felton is working as a maid after being expelled from the boarding school. It is expected to be released August 25, 2020. A teaser trailer was released in August 2019.
The game contains examples of the following tropes:
- Abusive Parents: Richard Felton reveals that his father had always perceived him as a 'wimp' and a 'disappointment'. This is because the father had originally wanted a son, but was given a daughter instead, which prompted him into forcing his daughter Jennifer to live as Richard instead.
- Anti Hero: Rosemary is introduced as this, given how she visit the Feltons under the guise as a volunteer of the Santa Margherita Institute, where instead of visiting to offer alternative medicine and treatment to the owner of the villa, she instead interrogates Richard Felton over the disappearance of his daughter, Celeste. She even breaks into the villa later at night after being shooed out when her cover is blown, determined to find the truth. Rosemary is in fact the one who was responsible for the flames that destroyed the plantation, and had inadvertently killed the Red Nuns, in order to prevent the Phenoxyl 2.0 drug from spreading and infecting more people. Just prior to the start of the game Rosemary also assaulted a phone repairman and knocked him unconscious to steal his van and customer address list, which presumably had Felton's address on it.
- Arc Words: The name 'Jennifer' is prevalent throughout the game, especially when considering that Celeste Felton is also referred to as Jennifer for reasons not yet known. Jennifer is revealed to be the original identity of Richard Felton himself during his lifetime as a little girl.
- Artistic License Pharmacology: Rosemary somehow causes Gloria to become almost completely blind with an injection of cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid that is very common in medical use, and the closest it comes to causing blindness in reality is that long-term use increases the risk of developing glaucoma. One explanation might be that since cortisol also suppresses the immune system, it allows the parasitic infection to run rampant and that is what causes the blindness, but even in that case the effect shouldn't be near instant, as it is in the game. This is explained in-game as being a form of allergic reaction directly caused by the "disease" all hosts suffer.
- Axe-Crazy: Richard Felton is soon revealed to be this as he chases down the intruding Rosemary with a sickle when he finds her having broken into his home, and having witnessed his long dead and decomposing wife in their bedroom.
- Battleaxe Nurse: Gloria takes on this role during her final attack on Rosemary, discarding her Red Nun robes and comes after Rosemary with her nurse attire instead.
- Berserk Button: Richard Felton does not take kindly to Rosemary's accusation that he may have had something to do with his daughter's disappearance, as well as having deliberately given her the name 'Jennifer'. This is because Richard was originally 'Jennifer', and after being indoctrinated into becoming a man against her will, Richard would sometimes refer to Celeste as 'Jennifer' due to seeing her original self in Celeste.
- The woman in the attic really doesn't like anyone touching her things, as doing so sends her into a feral rage, but is otherwise harmless. Unfortunately a remote control she uses carries the batteries Rosemary needs to complete a puzzle, and she won't be happy if Rosemary steals them.
- Big Bad: Gloria is revealed to be the Red Nun hunting down Rosemary, and is the one responsible for manipulating Richard into killing his wife, causing Celeste to run from the household in fear for her life, and attempting to have the Felton Villa burnt to the ground as revenge for the destruction of the Cristo Morente covenant.
- Blessed With Suck: The parasitic moth infection that Richard and Gloria have gives them thicker bones and accelerated healing (as well as the ability to control moths in the latter's case), at the cost of a compromised digestive and endocrine system resulting in such ailments as compromised vision and digestive problems. This makes them ideal knife-wielding maniacs, but their day-to-day quality of life must be pretty crappy. This is lampshaded by the conversation between the reporter and the old woman in the game's intro cutscene.
- Dead All Along: A corpse in the Felton's bedroom is heavily implied to be Arianna Felton, the wife of Richard Felton, who is also coincidentally referred to as 'Jennifer'.
- Richard Felton has also confessed to Rosemary that he had killed Celeste Felton under the order of the Red Nun, though it's revealed that it was his wife that he had killed, not Celeste.
- Drop the Hammer: The girl in the attic uses a nail hammer as her primary weapon.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: After retrieving a car battery hidden inside the grandfather clock, a bundle of wooden planks and metal rebar inexplicably falls from the ceiling, prompting a QTE to avoid the debris or face being crushed.
- Eye Scream: Gloria gouges her own eyes out with a shard of glass after the sunlight burns away what's left of her eyesight due to her photosensitivity, a side effect of the disease she had contracted in the past.
- An angry message sent from Albert Wyman to Richard Felton regarding about their plantation project ending up on the news contain the last few words: "Show you've got balls, take your own responsibility! What am I saying...balls?! You never got balls!" Wyman knows of Richard's 'secret', and his last lines were used in a literal manner as Richard was born a woman.
- Both Richard and 'Jennifer', the girl from the attic are terrified of the Red Nun's presence and will flee from her as opposed to joining forces with the Red Nun as they hunt down Rosemary. A birth certificate in the wine cellar reveals that Richard and 'Jennifer' are the same person.
- Gloria quickly identifies and exposes Rosemary's plan to pose as a volunteer of the Santa Margherita Institute, appearing to have contacted the institute shortly after introducing Rosemary to Richard Felton to run a background check on the supposed volunteer. The time it takes for her to contact the institute and relaying the information towards Richard is far too brief...unless Gloria already knew who Rosemary is and what she had intended to do.
- Early in the game, it is established that Rosemary is a devout atheist and has a dislike or fear of religious iconography, particularly Christian iconography. Later it is revealed that Rosemary is in fact one of the Red Nuns, who lost her faith after finding out about the Phenoxyl experiments and accidentally killing her fellow nuns in her attempt to burn down the entire project.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Gloria spends her last moments telling Rosemary all she knows regarding about Celeste's disappearance, how she is tired of carrying all the hatred and anger against those who have killed her 'sisters' of the Cristo Morente covenant, and spends her last words with Rosemary encouraging her to find the missing child and a lead on her potential whereabouts.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The camera cuts away as soon as Gloria starts the aforementioned eye-gouging.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Rosemary is almost identical to young Jodie Foster.
- Implacable Man: All enemies you face are this. The best thing you can do is run and hide, because shanking them with your weapons do nothing but stun them for a while.
- Kudzu Plot: The Main story, while creepy and unsettling, can be confusing to a lot of players if not paying enough attention, even then a lot of unanswered questions linger.
- For some Rosemary being revealed to have formerly been not only one of the members of the red nuns 'Cristo Morente' convent, but also the one who burnt it down and killed all but Gloria seemingly came out of left field and was never properly established until the end.
- The Red Nun's Plan Gloria's revenge against the Feltons for being experimented on at the convent (becoming his nurse and using mesmerizing sessions to drive him insane and kill his wife) seems overtly convoluted, and odd that she waited until Rosemary's appearance to fully implement it.
- And a burning question remains, where is Celeste, and what, if any reason, does Rosemary have for looking for her? Especially after Dr. Felton and Gloria are dead and their mysteries have been solved more or less? In fact, why was she investigating her in the first place?
- Macabre Moth Motif: The villa is also home to many moths living inside, which will somehow kill Rosemary if she is not able to shake them off before they overwhelm her. It's implied that they are of supernatural origins, considering that the Red Nun can seemingly control them. It's revealed to be a side-effect of the Phenoxyl 2.0 prototype drug, where a host is able to control the moths due to them being attracted to a parasitic plague having infected said host.
- Made of Iron: The game's antagonists are remarkably unperturbed about being stabbed multiple times by Rosemary. The opening cutscene indicates that increased durability and healing are a side effect of the parasitic infection they suffer from.
- Mad Woman In The Attic: Rosemary encounters and is attacked by a mysterious woman who hides in the attic of the Felton Villa, who claims to be Jennifer.
- Gloria's final attack on Rosemary takes place in the attic, as well.
- Missing Child: The disappearance of Celeste Felton is what kicks off the entire story, as well as motivating Rosemary Reed into taking drastic measures to find out where she is and why she had disappeared. With Gloria's help, Rosemary discovers a duffle bag hidden in a piano inside Celeste's sealed bedroom, with a 'Flemmington Girls' Institute' tag attached to it, hinting her current whereabouts.
- Musical Spoiler: Much like Haunting Ground, each stalkers have their own distinctive chase theme when they become hostile to Rosemary, with the intensity of their chase themes growing stronger the closer they are to the player.
- Nail 'Em: The crazed woman from the attic uses a nail gun as her secondary weapon in the wine cellar.
- Offscreen Teleportation: The stalkers do this frequently to ensure they're close to Rosemary.
- Rosemary herself manages to get from the attic to the backyard almost instantly in one scene.
- One-Hit Kill: If a chaser successfully grabs Rosemary, she is dead unless she happens to carry a defense item on her person, and even then the player needs to complete a QTE event to fight back.
- 100% Completion: Finding all 19 collectibles (readable documents) gets you the "Collector" achievement. Of these, the two posters outside in the prologue, the photo in the entrance foyer when you first enter the house at night, and the note in the sewer area, can be permanently missable if you don't get them the first time, since they're in areas you can't go back to.
- Press X to Not Die: During the sewer sections, you have to click when prompted to not end up getting impaled.
- Nuns Are Spooky: The Red Nun makes her debut in Tormented Fathers, clad in red, wearing a strange headpiece, equipped with a small spear-like weapon, and surrounded by moths.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: Richard Felton is revealed to be the eponymous Jennifer, who was forced to be raised as a man by their abusive father by being overdosed with testosterone drugs, along with the Phenoxyl drug and constant mesmerism tests to eliminate the Jennifer persona.
- Roaming Enemy: All of the enemies you face are the Wandering type, and it's up to Rosemary to discern their position at any given time.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Richard Felton runs in fear of the Red Nun's presence and is not seen again once the Red Nun begins her attack on Rosemary.
- The girl from the attic will also stop chasing Rosemary after going berserk a second time if the Red Nun also tries to pursue Rosemary, as she is also terrified of her. This foreshadows the true identity of 'Jennifer'.
- Self-Immolation: Richard Felton dies like this, and might take Rosemary with him if the player fails to break free from being bound to a chair and complete a QTE event afterwards.
- Shows Damage: Rosemary does not have a health bar, but you can guess what her health is based off of how beaten and bloody she looks. She'll recover over time, though.
- Sinister Scythe: Richard Felton primary weapon is a small gardening sickle, which he will gladly use against Rosemary if he finds her.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. While spending the night evading Richard and trying to avoid making loud noises, Rosemary takes 5 minutes to watch a film in the mansion's study and of course Richard sneaks up on her and captures her while she's busy watching the film.
- Tongue Trauma: Richard is on the receiving end, when Gloria uses a pair of scissors to cut it out.
- Tragic Villain:
- Jennifer is revealed to be this once Rosemary learns the truth in the Wine Cellar. Jennifer was essentially forced by her father to become transgender, who had always perceived his daughter to be a 'disappointment and a wimp', and much preferred a son instead. To Jennifer, Celeste's appearance served as a constant reminder of what Jennifer originally looked like, before her father's abuse molded her appearance to become 'Richard'. Then Gloria arrives under the guise as a 'kind' nurse, who instead carries out her scheme to turn Richard against his family by hypnotizing him with her mesmerism sessions, and then convince Richard to kill his wife and daughter. The Jennifer and Richard personas are also at odds with each other, clearing hating or fearing each other while being forced to share a body.
- Gloria is also revealed to be this. Gloria was originally a volunteer of the Rosso Gallo harvesting fields, and a devout Red Nun of the Cristo Morente, until she witnessed many of her sister perishing in a fire caused by Rosemary, a fellow Red Nun. Though Rosemary had committed the deed, she only did so to destroy the plague that had infected everyone within the fields and would also spread across the country, but inadvertently killed the Red Nuns along with the plague. Feeling betrayed by her sister, along with being subjected to the terrible experiments carried out by Richard Felton that had brought out the plague, she poses as a kindly nurse and bides her time to exact her revenge on both Richard and Rosemary for the death of the Cristo Morente.
- Richard's father also falls into this category, since his desire to turn Jennifer into a boy is heavily implied to stem from post traumatic stress disorder he contracted during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.