It’s the start of a new month and that means it’s time to grab some new free games – first up, a bit of a scare with Layers of Fear.

Available at a zero price thanks to the Xbox Games With Gold scheme for March 2017, Layers of Fear brings enough horror to make you start questioning your own mind. Normally priced at £15.99, as long as you are the proud holder of a valid Xbox Live Gold membership, then you have until the end of March to get your download in. After which, that price will shoot straight back up again and you’d have missed out forever more.

Layers of Fear brings a great story, all told via the countless pieces of art you’ll stumble upon, as everything unfolds the more you explore the world around you. It’s a full-on creepy environment that will draw you in before attempting to scare you witless. Unfortunately, the repetition it brings, and the overall lack of tension it delivers sees Layers of Fear fall just short of being a stunning horror thriller.

But hey, it’s free, and we shouldn’t ever ignore something that costs nothing.

If you are in need of a bit of horror, then you should be carefully making your way to the Xbox Games Store right about now. If however you still need convincing that Layers of Fear is worth a free download, then hit up our full review.

Game Description:

You take another drink as the canvas looms in front of you. A light flickers dimly in the corner. You’ve created countless pieces of art, but never anything like…this. Why haven’t you done this before? It seems so obvious in retrospect. Your friends, critics, business partners—soon, they’ll all see. But something’s still missing…You look up, startled. That melody… Was that a piano? It sounded just like her… But, no—that would be impossible. She’s gone. They’re all gone.Have to focus. How long has it taken to get to this point? Too long, but it doesn’t matter. There will be no more distractions. It’s almost finished. You can feel it. Your creation. Your Magnum Opus. Dare you help paint a true Masterpiece of Fear? Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create. Features:•Psychedelic horror – A sense of insanity means each turn of the camera may completely change the look of your surroundings.•Original and classic art – Numerous pieces of original art and music flesh out the story and environment.•Story-focused exploration – Only through exploring the environment can you uncover the details of the painter’s dark and tragic past.•Victorian setting – Explore a game world inspired by masterpiece paintings, architecture and décor from the 19th century.

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