Supernatural Adventure Games Involving Children Who Were DEAD THE WHOLE TIME
If you're playing an exploration game made in the last few years and you run across an adorable child, uh, don't get too attached. Take The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, in which psychic detective Paul Prospero investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old who wrote him a fan letter. But then, in a pretty devastating self-diss by the writers, it turns out that the game's entire plot was created by the kid's dying mind as he asphyxiated inside a burning house.
The Astronauts"Paul Prospero" does sound like something a 12-year-old with brain damage would make up.
Then we have Blackwood Crossing, which appears to be a heartwarming tale about a girl with superpowers and her little brother traveling via some sort of magic train. Plot twist: The boy was dead all along, and the whole story is a fantasy his sister made up to 1) learn to deal with that fact, and 2) presumably keep herself entertained during her long, non-magical train ride. Oh, and her parents are dead too, by the way.
Vision GamesTragic victims of Thanos, apparently.