In Sound Mind is a first-person psychological horror title and it wants you to know that right away. As the story begins, the perspective zooms through a town at night; specifically, one that is partially submerged in an oily substance. Eventually, the viewpoint makes its way into a building until settling into a first-person view of the protagonist. You, now taking control of a therapist named Desmond Wales, inexplicably find yourself in an apartment building's trash room. As you make your way to the upper two floors via an elevator, you experience strange occurrences in a world void of normal life. Such instances include constantly finding barrels with rainbow liquid oozing out, a black cat gazing from a distance, and a phone randomly ringing as you stroll past it. As you walk down a long corridor, hearing all sorts of creaks, you turn around and see the hallway get replaced by a wall.
If all that sounds a bit disjointed, it's because In Sound Mind is going along with the notion that Desmond Wales has been transported into a dream-like domain, one filled with dread and otherworldly threats. A little ways into the game, you then realize the story revolves around the deaths of his recent patients and how they may be connected to a conspiracy. From there you travel to different locations relating to each patient via cassette tapes, in the hopes of finding answers. Interestingly, each area is an amalgamation of a patient's problems, fears, and usually the last place they were alive.
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