Developed for Windows and Mac by Space Octopus Studios, Do You Copy? was released on Gamejolt in January of 2018 to a barrage of nearly perfect reviews. They received a 4.5/5 average throughout 386 ratings, and for good reason.
Do You Copy? is a terrifying midnight adventure, taking place in Tower 4, deep in a fictional forest known as Gracewind Park. You are working as a watchman, and it is just another normal night in the park. You show up, watch the woods to make sure everything is okay, and listen to the radio in case any late-night wanderers need assistance.
When your fellow watchmen head off for the night, everything is still going smoothly. However, it isn’t long before a serious situation arises: A hiker is lost, and signals to you through the radio asking for help.
You can hear the angst in his voice, but not everything may be as it seems. It’s up to you to use your resources to guide the hiker to safety. On the wall sits a map of the park, notes, all there with the purpose of providing you information on how to help the lost man.
The map gives vital landmarks that lead back to the watchtower, but be careful. The hiker claims to be getting chased by something, but there isn’t one single point in the game where you can be truly sure that the hiker himself is on the phone.
The voice on the other end of the radio is trying to figure out your location so they can come to you, whether it be the actual hiker or something else. There’s also a spotlight that can be shined as a hint to where your tower is, but be weary of the newspaper clippings on the wall that tell of missing hikers and rumors of a creature that can perfectly mimic human voices. It’s called the Goatman.
There are several endings to the game, all of which are quite obvious. Both you and the hiker can survive, both can die, or only one survives. Do You Copy? takes an extremely strong wit and lots of patience, and it’s almost certain that you’ll end up running through the game a few times.
All of the action takes place within the watchtower, and all you can do is look out into the forest. It is up to you to interpret the information given on the boards correctly in order to comprehend what’s actually going on, which can get complicated. The atmosphere is so intense, so unforgivingly scary, neglecting to lose a step in its terror at any point in the game despite not using any jumpscares or other typical horror game aspects.
It is a unique concept that has never been created or utilized before, and the indie company did an amazing job with it. Definitely one of the most impressive indie horror games around, the petrifying situation combines with the soundtrack to deeply immerse you in a way that makes you want to shut your lights off and crawl beneath the covers.
All of the versatile graphics and sounds are very impressive, and it’s extremely shocking to learn that the original game was created in just 48 hours for Asylum Jam 2017. Overall, Do You Copy? is extremely complete, in-depth, and gamers can rejoice in its $0.00 price tag on Gamejolt.