October 26, 2022

Andreas Betsche

Rigor Mortis: Terror lurks in this Thai cemetery

October 26, 2022 | Andreas Betsche

Halloween is coming, and that is traditionally the time for horror games. That’s what the developers at 199 Cents Studio from Thailand must have thought when they sent us an early tech demo called Rigor Mortis.

The free-roaming horror game Rigor Mortis draws inspiration from mythology and horror tales from Southeast Asia. The player takes the role of a small-time grave robber who unluckily ends up being locked up by the angry ghost in the cursed cemetery in Thailand’s Chon Buri district.

We played the demo, where we had to search for six talismans in a small village and the adjacent graveyard while an unknown horror lurked everywhere in the dark. We were particularly impressed by the dense atmosphere and the chic lighting effects, which triggered many of the creepy moments with their shadow play. The demo’s technical performance could have been better, but that’s not surprising at such an early stage.

According to the developers, the goal of this demo is to test the new features of Unreal Engine 5 and its overall performance. Anyone who wants to test the Rigor Mortis tech demo can contact 199 Cents Studio by email:

Rigor Mortis has yet to set a release date, but the gameplay shown definitely makes us want to see more!

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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