Original & Fun HO Game****
BASED ON DEMO
Note: Yes, there are snakes, medium level scary
This is a surprisingly fun HO game. The opening minutes are spent getting the story of how we come to be in this town. It is presented to us in almost-cartoon graphics and a top quality voiceover. We do need a bit of background to get what comes later.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The graphics are a little fuzzy on my large monitor but nowhere near enough to create a problem. They are in drawn style, with a little airbrushing perhaps? I found them pleasant. The colours are good, and there are varied lighting styles.
Music was completely forgettable, but the voiceovers were excellent, especially the ssseriousssly sssibilant Missster Mayor.
We are an investigator of the paranormal kind, and we rush to the aid of a journalist friend who rings, panicked, from the town of Serpent Creek.
Our first encounter with the locals is confusing. We see a strange beast standing over the body of a man, and go to his rescue. Monster is scared off, victim gets the aid he needs, and then brushes the whole incident off as nothing. Creepy, this guy is not quite right, and he denies having ever seen our friend. As we meet other townsfolk, we get the same reaction. Only the mayor will talk to us, and he’s weird too. He insists we locate the sheriff as quickly as possible. All this, and we have earth tremors too!
It is a HO adventure, with lots of them, and I only remember a single puzzle, which was really well done. The HOs are mostly an interactive list, but this game introduces another entirely new HO scene. As a person with parapsychological powers, we can deduce events from the evidence at crime scenes.
We start with a list of ‘hidden’ objects that have been blotted out, and we must search the area for items that respond to our power, and clicking on them will uncover the word in the list. Once all items have been located, we receive, item by item, a vision, the story behind the scene. Difficult to explain, but definitely different from anything else I’ve played.
Hint is directional and there is an interactive map that shows you “groups” of scenes, to which you can travel. For example, the hotel is 3 scenes, but is represented by only one icon on the map.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I have only one real concern about this game, I suspect it might be quite short. I finished the demo in 35 minutes and the file size is tiny.
Still, for all those of us with punchcard coupons to spend, I reckon this is a good bet.
I recommend this game!