'Escape The Ayuwoki' Is a Strange New Horror Game With a Disturbingly Familiar Villain

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A new computer-based horror game “Escape the Ayuwoki” is taking the internet by storm. Find out what the game is all about, here. Deadlycrow Games

A new computer-based horror game "Escape the Ayuwoki" is taking the internet by storm. Find out what the game is all about, here.

Horror games are an increasingly popular genre for casual gamers. Though they many come off a little cheesy, a good jump scare that gets your heart racing is often just what the doctored ordered. This week, a new PC horror game based off of a bizarre creepypasta story that exploded to meme status has been all the buzz amongst streamers.

The game is called Escape the Ayuwoki. While it's a pretty simple offering, players are finding it a satisfying, though brief, diversion. In the game, the player has been kidnapped and locked up in a creepy old mansion. The objective is to find a key hidden somewhere in the house and use it on the main door to escape. There are a ton of similar games like this one — most notably Granny and Evil Nun. Though the mechanics of the game are nothing new, it is the disturbingly familiar villain that has people flocking to the game in droves.

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Escape the Ayuwoki begins as your kidnapped character tries to escape a creepy mansion. Deadlycrow Games

The game is based on a Spanish Creepypasta story about a strange animatronic character that resembles the late Michael Jackson. In fact, Ayuwoki is actually a play on the singer's "Smooth Criminal" lyric "Annie are you ok?" As the legend goes, the Ayuwoki makes his appearance in people's bedrooms late at night — 3 a.m. to be precise. Those visited by the Ayuwoki will recognize his presence when they hear Michael Jackson's signature "hee-hee" vocal riff.

In Escape the Ayuwoki, the creepypasta nightmare becomes a reality as players move hurriedly through the house in search of the key before the Ayuwoki finds them. In the background, players will hear a wonky soundtrack that is vaguely reminiscent of "Smooth Criminal" as well as heavy breathing and little "hee-hee" noises at various times throughout the game. It's the sound of your heartbeat thumping ever louder, though, that indicates you're about to encounter the Ayuwoki.

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Don't get caught by the Ayuwoki! Deadlycrow Games

The thrill of the game is entirely based on the jump scare anticipation. The Ayuwoki often appears quickly and with little notice, catching you entirely off guard. The Ayuwoki is a nimble character who scampers around, upright or on all fours, seeking out unsuspecting victims, but players can get a temporary reprieve if they hide behind objects or under chairs. Escaping can be tricky because of the speed of the Ayuwoki, but there is no series of puzzles to solve or objects to find like in Granny or the Evil Nun. The game is just days old though, so chances are the developer ( Deadlycrow Games ), will add more features as time goes on.

Escape the Ayuwoki is a free game that can be downloaded from itch.io on both PC and Mac. If you're looking for a quick way to jumpstart your heart, we recommend giving this one a try.

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