Trek to Yomi wears its influences on its sleeve, and then uses that sleeve to wipe blood from a katana. Inspired by the films of Akira Kurosawa, this grim 2.5D side-scroller uses a black-and-white filter where the blacks are blacker than priests' socks.
Samurai protagonist Hiroki dispatches, disembowels, and decapitates opponents in Edo-era Japan, as well as the titular underworld full of vengeful spirits and crazed souls. Though not a horror game per se, Trek to Yomi revels in both physical and psychological torture from start to finish.
Much of that despair stems from the game's finicky combat, which, despite some gnarly upgrades like shurikens and a portable cannon, relies on a handful of repetitive parries and slashes. Developers Flying Wild Hog say it's a trek, but it feels more like death by a thousand cuts.