IMSCARED: A Pixelated Nightmare (sometimes spelled Imscared or just IMSCARED) is a game created by Italian developer Ivan Zanotti using Game Maker 8, FL Studio, and MS Paint. The game is very complex and ambiguous, thus the plot can be difficult to understand.
The original IMSCARED is about escaping a room. When you try to leave, text on the screen reads: "I need a Heart in order to open it". When you wander about and finally find the heart the text is talking about, a strange floating head jumpscares you and crashes your game by showing a fake BSoD (Blue Screen of Death). As the game continues on, more and more confusing events like the first happen.
Once someone made an entity known as White Face. It infected people's computers and played games with them. It was known to change forms, from ominous floating head to a slim woman.
IMSCARED starts with an unknown individual, who happens to be in a small room, with a door which requires a heart in order to be opened. After taking a key under a table nearby the bed, they open the closet, only to find blood in it and a key, and heads to some stairs behind him. The stairs take them to a large and ominous hall with many doors. The person opens one of the doors and finds two libraries and a key behind one of them. Later, the individual enters in a fleshy and bloody room, where they find the heart required to open the door of the first room. But as they exit the room, White Face comes in and causes a BSOD with subsequent crash of the game. Restarting, the entity asks you its name, and after putting it, the individual is sent to a car park, where he is chased by White Face. The person, eventually, gets to escape from White Face by taking an elevator, which takes them to a yard with a crucified and bloodied corpse, on one of its walls. They take a key behind the wall, and manage to open the gate. The player arrives once again to the ominous hall, and quickly heads to the stairs of the first room. Finally, they use the heart and open the door, seemingly escaping that nightmare... Only to find that they were tricked by White Face, who decided to trap and torture the person inside a cell. The game then crashes again, and restarting it, takes you to an enlightened room with doors with some numbers on them. In the end, the individual confronts White Face, in a black, unnerving room, with a chair and a noose on the ceiling. White Face explains to the anonymous that they are blocked with him for eternity, and implicitly indicates them that, the only way to finally escape is by committing suicide. So, the person gets on the chair and hang themself, only to be stopped by the Entity, who desperately needs them. The game "ends", and you get to restart all over again... Or so it seems.
You use the WASD keys to walk around and the mouse to look around. You can crouch by pressing the CTRL button, and when crouching you can pick up items using the E button. You can also click the left button on your mouse to shoot.
The game is very dependent on jumpscares to scare you, albeit not necessarily as a crutch for atmosphere, which is done well. It also creates files on your computer , though almost all of them are in its own folder on your desktop or in the game folder, depending on where you downloaded it from.
- If the player types "HER" before the Car Park sequence, the game will display a message, which says "Good thought, try later".
- If the player types "Ivan Zanotti", the game will display the message, "Are you in a hurry?".
- If the player types "Take me to the door", the game will display the message, "Too soon".