Review: The Inner Friend (Steam)

Descend into an eerie world made of scattered memories and unresolved traumas and explore a nightmarish landscape where you will come face to face with childhood fears and nightmares.


  • Nice graphics.
  • 353MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics settings- Resolution, Gamma, V-sync, Shadow/effects and post-process quality.
  • Full controller support.
  • Can invert axis.
  • Gameplay is a mixture of exploration, Puzzles and a bit of horror.
  • Stranger things inspired soundtrack.
  • Storytelling is done in a way that is powerful yet minimal.
  • Thought provoking.
  • Attack puzzles how you like.
  • Big open areas that you can freely explore.
  • Horror aspects throughout and the occasional jump scare attempt.


  • Mouse cursor stays on screen.
  • Short game.
  • No replay value.
  • Not always clear what to do.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Ok, this game is weird, Now that’s out the way lets get into it. The game has you exploring this weird dreamlike slash nightmare world where you encounter these ghouls/creatures.ghosts and have to solve puzzles in order to defeat them. In between puzzles you get to explore the world and the whole game is open to interpretation. Yes, it tries to add horror and yes it fails quite a lot as it is either too predictable or too cheesey but I am glad it is in there. If you fancy a content light but story heavy puzzle game then sorted, It is short and little replay but it is a clever game that lasts longer in your mind afterward as you dissect what just happened.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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