It’s your job, do it. Smalls Island Woes is a horror game where you visit the island to take care of it’s lighthouse. You make return trips on your boat every few weeks to check it out. The island has a lot of charm. It’s a neat small place, and the people are friendly. They even have some voice acting which was a nice touch.
After the first few trips though, the island transforms. The people look more afraid of something, and the fisherman at the beginning looks a bit spooky. On one of the last trips, the game passes a huge amount of time, pretty much an eternity. I’m not sure exactly if there’s a message here, but it seems our main character is obsessed with checking on the lighthouse. Every time we go, there’s never anything wrong with it.
The cat which I had so much fun with turned out to be quite a freaky villain. His final appearance is something right out of a horror movie or “Sorry John” Garfield art piece. There’s also a pretty neat secret ending you can get! All you have to do is knock on all of the doors 15 times in a row at the beginning. It instantly brings you to a blank room with a giant heart or some other living blob right in the middle.
I enjoyed the retro aesthetic and story of Smalls Island Woes. Though small, it was a lively and interesting island. The voice acting and small changes to everything after each visit was a nice attention to detail. Even stuff like objects laying around the lighthouse, and the paintings changing was neat to see.
Smalls Island Woes gameplay video