Twilight Phenomena: The Lodgers of House 13
Options include separate sliders for Music, Sound and Voice, Full-screen, Custom Cursor and Maintain Aspect Ratio. The game actually ran in borderless-windowed mode automatically. Choice of Casual, Advanced or Hard mode (can be changed at any time).Story
You jump at the opportunity to live in a beautiful mansion at an incredible price, but it soon becomes apparent that this place is not the bargain you'd hoped for. Unease quickly becomes alarm, and there is no easy escape from this nightmare!
Despite the storyline, there is really nothing scary about the game. Sure, you run into some disturbing sights, but somehow it never translates to anything more than, "Huh, that's weird..."Journal
entries are semi-frequent, but short, so it's easy to stay on top of the story as you play.Gameplay
This title is an adventure-lite, meaning that it's everything you would expect from an IHOG, but without hidden object scenes. I always expect to do some illogical tasks, but this game takes you from "Yeah, that would never work," to "Are you frickin' kidding me?" I therefore recommend putting aside all thoughts of reality before starting this game ;)
We have a little friend, of sorts, and while I don't want to spoil it by explaining, it's certainly a different take on animal helpers!
There is no MAP,
nor any kind of fast-travel, but early on there are only a few locations. Later you'll have a larger area you can explore, but there's a natural flow that introduces new areas only when you've finished with the current ones, so you won't actually have to do a lot of backtracking.HINTS
will either direct you to an area on the screen, or tell you that there's nothing to do there at the moment. There is no directional hint.
are - for the most part - very easy. Most of the puzzles lack any kind of real depth, so are easily-completed.Sights and Sounds
There are some really pretty graphics in the game, and indeed, perhaps that contributed to the feeling that Lodgers
isn't all that creepy.
I like the character design, the voices are pretty good, and the music/sfx were also nice.CE Content
- Integrated Strategy Guide
- Bonus Chapter
- 30 Mini-games
- 4 downloadable Music Tracks
- 3 Screensavers
- 6 Wallpapers
- 13 Concept Art
- 8 rewatchable cutscenes
The extra chapter picks up right where the main story left off, and is the true ending of the game. The gameplay remains what you would expect, but I think that I enjoyed it more than the main story. I didn't time it, but can say that the full game + bonus took me about 4 hours to finish.Verdict
This is a pretty undemanding adventure-lite, so I would recommend it to those new to the genre, and/or people who are not looking for a challenge. I highly suggest putting all logic aside before you start, as you'll enjoy it a lot more that way.