Wayward Manor will be released on Steam and the Humble Store on July 15, available for both PC and Mac. Set in New England in the 1920s, this puzzle adventure (yesss) with a screwball feel starts out with you, the protagonist, decidedly dead.
The setup for the player is just so Gaiman, too. You play a grumpy ghost trying to oust the inhabitants of your house by any means possible. Go all Poltergeist and throw objects around, or prey on their worst fears à la The Haunting—doesn’t matter, so long as the fleshies are gone. Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
The Budds, a dysfunctional family of misfits and eccentrics, have brought their own abysmal possessions into your humble abode and stifled your power. Each level is a playground for scares where players earn fear to take back control of the room. If you want free reign over your mansion once again, you must drive the Budds mad with fear using only your imagination and their hideous belongings.
It’s rather dark, and yet Gaiman drew his inspiration from works like Arsenic and Old Lace, so you know there’s plenty of macabre humor. The animation style also helps with that, as you’ll see in this teaser:
As you’re counting down the next fortnight, don’t forget to check out the game’s official website, WhoHauntsNeil.com, for updates and other spooky tidbits.
[via The Mary Sue]