From Slender Man to Amnesia, an indie horror game comes along once in a while that inspires horrible new nightmares—and changes the landscape of gaming forever.
Gamers are cacking themselves at the reveal trailer for a bonkers new horror game, Choo Choo Charles. This open-world railway nightmare sees a demonic train with spider's legs hunt players down as they venture across a haunted island.
Players are tasked with defeating the villain, a possessed Thomas The Tank Engine that has been giving the local villagers hell for years.
You venture across the mysterious island in your trusty yellow train with a machine gun, a map, and an 'exquisite' collection of bobble heads on the dashboard.
You must use your train to help out the townspeople in return for upgrades and rewards.
There's just one problem: Charles is out for blood, and can appear at any moment to ruin your lovely train ride with his gigantic spider legs and bloody fangs.
The tension of leaving your yellow train to remove blockages from the tracks looks enough to put you off trainspotting for life.
Developers Two Star Games say that you must "prove yourself a worthy train killer, by gaining enough strength, firepower, and skill to take down the mechanical terror once and for all."
They have provided very few details as to what led to the creation of Choo Choo Charles, simply saying: "Nobody knows where he came from, but they know why; to eat the flesh of puny humans."
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The game is set for release in early 2022. Gamers have taken to social media to share their excitement about the demon locomotive.
"Just watched the Choo Choo Charles trailer and every night I will now have nightmares of being chased by him," one person wrote.
"Now imagine playing in VR, great way to get rid of constipation," another said.
The Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud famously described the phobia of trains as being linked to repressed sexuality and trauma.
While people who suffer from train phobia, aka siderodromophobia, are typically scared of falling on the tracks or the train derailing, Choo Choo Charles looks set to provide new train terror nightmare fuel for years to come.
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