Horror is a pretty constant concept across cultures, but how each culture expresses that can be something unique. Indonesian developer Storytale Studios is focusing their new game Pamali on just that concept: exploring horror through the taboos and mythology of Indonesian culture. Their first chapter, The White Lady, is available on Steam now for $4.49, and three subsequent chapters will be released throughout 2019 as DLC. Watching the launch trailer, it might just be me but I'm getting a serious P.T. vibe from the setting and camera work. Check out the trailer below.
Pamali: More Than Just a Horror Game
StoryTale Studios will be releasing the first folklore-based story for its long-awaited Indonesian horror game, Pamali: Indonesian Folklore Horror - The White Lady. Based on the belief that horror should not be always about big, catastrophic tragedy and can be done just as effectively when set close to everyday life, Pamali incorporates authentic Indonesian day-to-day activities, cultural phenomena, myths, and taboos which shape the horror itself. The game also gives the players opportunity to define their own game experience based on the choices they make during Pamali gameplay.
StoryTale Studios’ Mira Wardhaningsih explains: “We noticed that different people perceive horror in different ways. For example, zombies are very frightening for some people, but for others, it’s just a walking body.” She then added, “Pamali was created to provide a glimpse into how horror is perceived in Indonesia. We want to introduce Indonesian horror, which is shaped by the culture of the people themselves, from their traditional taboos and folklore. As we believe traditional Indonesian horror shouldn’t be Westernized, Pamali strives to provide players with the authentic Indonesian horror experience.”
This release includes the first folklore-based story of the game, entitled The White Lady, while the other three stories (entitled The Tied Corpse, The Little Devil, and The Hungry Witch, respectively) will be released as separate DLC throughout 2019.
Pamali: Indonesian Folklore Horror – The White Lady
In The White Lady, the player will venture through an abandoned Indonesian residence as Jaka, who has just returned to his hometown to sell his old family home. The game boasts realistic atmosphere based on real-life Indonesian settings, multiple endings, and object interactions that give players a unique take on the world of Pamali in each repeatable playthrough. Players can also explore the lore behind the game via items that can be acquired and collected after finishing the game.
A horror shaped by the taboos and culture from Indonesia.
Multiple stories which will become available throughout 2019
Object Interaction allowing you to explore your environment in depth
Multiple endings, each choice you make has an impact on the experience and ending you see.
Seek out the truth by investigating Jaka and his family.
Title: Pamali: Indonesian Folklore Horror
Genre: Indonesian Horror-Gore
Release Date: Dec 28, 2018
Languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Publisher: PLAYISM, Maple Whispering
Developer: StoryTale Studios