Enjoyable, But Basic BASED ON DEMO
This is another no frills standalone SE. There are no exciting intros, no voiceovers, no fancy graphics or multiple and varied HOPs. It is just a very ordinary, easy game, with an emphasis on HOPs, and an intriguing story line.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Graphics in the locations and cut-scenes are low definition and poor quality. Scenes are blurry. I can see the edges where items have been copied and pasted in. The HOPs are much better, but the art style is still very rudimentary and lacking in detail. The music I really like. It is set down low and consists of fairly simple pieces that seem to waft in and out. As an atmosphere-creator it is excellent. The ambient sound works in much the same way.
Missing children, a mysterious and sometimes fatal epidemic at summer camp, a black cat that morphs into a witch-like old woman, what do they all mean? Well, you’ve been hired by the mother of one of the missing kids to find out. The camp is deserted, and so you must break in, find your way around and get some answers. You watch some totally inexplicable piece of vintage film (if it’s meant to hold backstory, I can’t make out what). Then, you see your first ghost.
Strictly limited HOPA. Most of the game is wandering around picking up inventory items for puzzles and doors (many more of the latter than the former), particularly by way of HOPs. These are standard word lists, no interaction and no animation. There are some that are a little dark, and some where the item hot spots were so particular, it almost drove me nuts. Some are also visited twice. But they are clear, and while occasionally an item is hidden behind another, at least the front one will be on your list too. The items are quite large and the scenes not overly junky. Note: there is a misclick penalty!
The other puzzles are fairly rare and fairly easy. So is getting around. There is no map except the most basic giving you the layout of the camp, and it is in the journal. Hint is directional, but watch out! It drains your meter and you must wait for a refill. I found the game sufficiently easy that it was not a major handicap. There are 2 levels of difficulty.
Definitely the kind of game we used to see more often in the past, it is almost a HOG, but there’s just enough adventure gameplay to make it more interesting than that.
Although dark in theme and look, it is not really spooky or even eerie. I found myself enjoying the game nevertheless, and on sale, I will pick it up in a heartbeat. I Recommend This Game!