The Skeletal Play: Cayne
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and everyone between and around. I welcome all of you, who are interested, to sit down while I try to present you a game which I have played and finished and enjoyed. I repeat: I try to present you a game. This time we have Cayne, or rather Cayne: A Stasis Story. It’s developed and published by The Brotherhood. And this one is free. But it has extra content, six wallpapers, a screenplay, and the soundtrack as MP3 and FLAC which can be purchased seperately. The picture above is one of those wallpapers.
First an improvement: We have options inside the game now, at the main menu. But we can’t access those option while actually playing the game. It’s still an improvement.
Now to the story. Cayne is a short story, for me. We find the protagonist of this game, a woman called Hadley, at the doctor at the beginning of what she perceives as an abortion. Mistakes happen. This one begins for her as a night of regrets. And it’s an important one. Because the next thing that happens is Hadley waking up somewhere else, and visibly pregnant. Furthermore there is a hulking figure stomping around her and a robotic voice talking about the extraction of her womb.
This is the beginning of Hadley’s journey through a somewhat familiar environment. Let me tell, there will be a moment where you just say Oh No if you played Stasis before this one. It’s that place. But back to Hadley and her unborn child. The entire plot of this game revolves around this child. Experiments, schemes, even worship of a mortal man enshrined. And Hadley, her unborn baby, the player, and an unseen companion have to witness all that. And the staff still doesn’t have a very high opinion about women. A certain project in Stasis comes to mind. In one of the rooms is a huge artificial womb made out of flesh and machinery which can be opened with a lever at any time. And don’t forget the womb extraction when Hadley wakes up.
That is not the biggest horror in this story. That title goes to something that happens at the end when a suspicions becomes the truth. Stasis at the end was just a sad tale about a broken father and husband for me. All the things John Maracheck witnessed on the Groomlake and his own fate were ruthless and pitiful but lamentable. There was the human fear of being an obsolete species. Cayne: A Stasis Story is more vicious. There is no fear driving the research this time, only scientific curiosity unchecked by morals and ethics combined with religious fanaticism at times. Cayne: A Stasis Story was for me horrifying through and through.
With that I will say good night and sleep well.