Anna - Extended Edition has been given an overhaul based on the feedback of the thousands of players of the original Anna.
User reviews:
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Mostly Positive (17 reviews) - 70% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (1,130 reviews) - 66% of the 1,130 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 12, 2013

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“You can be sure of this: Anna is an engaging horror tale, intimate and with a strong personality. The best possibile debut for Dreampainters.”
8.0 – http://multiplayer.it/recensioni/105996-anna-legami-di-sangue.html

“If you want to learn Anna’s secrets, you’ll just have to meet her in the sawmill yourself.”
9.0 – http://leviathyn.com/blog/review/anna/

About This Game

Set in an abandoned sawmill nestled high in the Italian mountains, Anna challenges the player to uncover horrific clues and use them to solve puzzles related to your character’s dark past. The player’s behavior does not only determine the mental health of the main character but can also change locations and unveil new secrets leading to one of eight possible endings.

Anna - Extended Edition has been given an overhaul based on the feedback of the thousands of players of the original Anna. It features more environments, more hours of game play, more puzzles, additional gameplay features, enhanced graphics and an improved interface. Anna – Extended Edition is sure to please fans of psychological horror games and offer an even more chilling gameplay experience with these new additions.

Features of Anna - Extended Edition

  • A haunting tale of psychological terror
  • Game reacts to player's actions, changes locations and starts supernatural events
  • Physics-based environmental puzzles
  • Eight possible endings, each determined by the player’s action
  • New environments, puzzles, interface and music
  • Improved Graphics
  • Creepy in-game character: “The Wife Doll,” with new AI

Extras included

  • Photos of the real-world sawmill location
  • Complete soundtrack (Songs will be placed in your Anna folder in the Steam Directory: ...Steam\steamapps\common\Anna\Extras\Soundtrack)
  • Main character’s notebook in English and Italian

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 3 graphic card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB HD space
    • Sound: Stereo sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia series 3/4/5 or ATI HD series
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB HD space
    • Sound: 5.1/7.1 sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8.2
    • Processor: iMac Intel i5 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.10.x
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB
    • Additional: 32 bit systems only
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Danamite
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Creepy, pretty, but a bit short. Aside from a few small bugs, this game works very well.
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goc9000
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This was awesome. Very well done, genuinely scary at times, enthralling all throughout. The only downsides are that it crashes on Mac (so play it on Windows only), and it's not easy to figure out on your own what causes you to lose health.
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trentonvitro
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
♥♥♥♥ this game.
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James
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Dislike horror 4/15
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Ann
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
I really liked the random supernatural events and the creepy wooden lady appearing out of nowhere, however the ending was a bit dissapointing - the game ended quickly (took me 7 hours in total) and I just expected more from the story.
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long life #f1sk
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
crazy adventure game logic that makes no sense. also jumpscares. very below par.
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berzha101
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Anna - Extended Edition was one of the earlier games that I got on steam due to it being in a Humble Bundle years ago before I started to collect steam games. Due to the earliness of me getting the game, I am writing this review years after I played it. However, I do remember quite a bit about this game and my hours played do not include the offline hours which would total to around 2 or 3 or 4 more.

At the time, I remember that Anna had some decently nice looking graphics and okay movement (at least on the outside of the house). However, the game was quite annoying in finding out what to do next as it didn't really give me lots of hints as to where and what. I also did not like the item usage controls but that wasn't too important. As I figured out what to do in Anna and started to progress through the story (which wasn't too straightfoward at all), I never really felt the scare which I expected that I might feel. Sure some parts were dark and creepy, but Anna never allowed me to feel the scare that games like Dead Space did.

Overall, if you enjoy progressing through a story and playing through some creepy situations, go with Anna. However, unless it is on sale, I would not recommend this game.

Rating: 6.4/10
Recommend: on 75% sale or better only
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Ruby Bliels
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Three separate play attempts, three separate walkthroughs followed to the letter, one game destroying glitch each time. I cannot possibly recommend a game that won't let me finish it because an important event towards the end cannot be triggered due to some unfathomable glitch.

And the 3rd Party DRM? What fresh hell is this? Steam itself is a DRM Slavemaster, but at least it works, I don't need temperamental 3rd Party DRM working in tandem that only lets you play your legally purchased game if it feels like it. I'd consider overlooking that point if the game actually worked, but it doesn't, so I won't.
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jasminflower69
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
Is fun, but omg ended out spending half of the time wandering in circles.
It's a good game if you don't mind giving up and looking for walkthroughs because "Omg how was I supposed to find that?!"

Good graphics, good atmosphere, a couple of good jumpscares, and they normally don't scare me!
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One Man and his Droid
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
...well presented, well designed, great soundtrack and haunting storyline... all the right elements for a great adventure game... my only criticism is that the puzzles are incredibly convoluted and it's sometimes really difficult to identify what to do / where to look at / what is even clickable... it does lead to a lot of trial and error... still, worthy of your time!
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Rolepole
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
That's the last time I will buy a game with "mixed" reviews. The main problems are:
1/ The clunky menus. This is evident even when you start the game. It takes about 16 mouse clicks to get going EACH TIME, which shows the designers simply have no concept of the player experience. Game play is largely ruined by constantly having to deselect inventory items, click through unnecessary text which blocks all other mouse actions, and closing the inventory by typing "i" instead of escape, all clicks requiring a little delay before the next action will work.

2/ I didn't find the pixel hunting too bad, but there is far too much randomly trying things in the inventory as some of the "solutions" are counter-intuitive. I am a seasoned adventure game player and like to play without walkthroughs but this just isn't worth the effort of doing so.

The game isn't bad looking but the "atmospheric sounds" feel like they just threw in random effects for a bonus. That's really the problem, it just doesn't feel genuine, it's too formulaic. The real giveaway is the trite writing in the diary, which reads like a schoolkid exercise. Give it a miss.
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Painge
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Cool Game, Really enjoyed it. Just the right amount of Puzzles and story. A bit difficult had to look things up a few times.
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Zuri
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 20
I'm still in the early stages of Anna, but I wanted to review it so far.

The game is interesting. I don't have a problem with the controls except the mouse sensitivity is kind of weird, but it's not a big deal. The graphics aren't bad, and the settings and sounds are creepy, which is good. I still don't quite understand the story quite yet though, like what all the voices are talking about in game, etc.

The main problem I'm having with this game is the whole problem solving/puzzles thing. I didn't think it would be as difficult as it is. There should be better hints or something. I often have to use a play-through guide to figure out what to do next. It's rather confusing, and it feels like it takes me forever to figure some things out.

So, if you like problem/puzzle solving games mixed in with some exploratory horror and mystery, then I would recommend this game for you. If you don't, well, you probably won't enjoy playing it.
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Andreeea12
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
I was really pumped to play this game, the storyline seems fantastic. I can't get anywhere in this game. It has crashed on me everytime I've tried to play and reading other reviews it seems to have been an ongoing problem. Doesn't seem like it's going to be fixed soon. Waste of money. Do not buy.
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Captain Cuddles
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
Seems good. Have not finished, but thats becoause I started playing other things, and never got back to this one. I recommend for those that like challenging puzzles, wrapped up in a horroresque package. Others should just skip it.
6/10
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twitch.tv/JimmiDoto
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
The moment i started this game, i was wondering: how could these mountains and such a beautiful landscape possibly scare me? Well, i solved the puzzle, opened the door: OMG OMG LET ME OUT! but sorry, you can't turn back in anna - original.

I like the psychological aspect of this game, the way i knew there is no death, there is no losing, and there won't be a monster chasing me, but still i was terrified.

I simply recommend this game to whoever that is tired of monster and blood games, and want some horror in a smooth pace.
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Dr.Mantis Toboggan, MD
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
DRM is annoying. but a good spooky puzzle game!!
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Phayzon
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
A Succint Review:
Spooky game
Spooky sounds
Spooky objects
Spooky wood lady
Spooky wood lady whos follows you
Spooky wood lady has teeth
Ending was.... a surprise
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[OWL] Krm!tko | CZE
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
DRM ??? :) 2016 ??? oh no..
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Three separate play attempts, three separate walkthroughs followed to the letter, one game destroying glitch each time. I cannot possibly recommend a game that won't let me finish it because an important event towards the end cannot be triggered due to some unfathomable glitch.

And the 3rd Party DRM? What fresh hell is this? Steam itself is a DRM Slavemaster, but at least it works, I don't need temperamental 3rd Party DRM working in tandem that only lets you play your legally purchased game if it feels like it. I'd consider overlooking that point if the game actually worked, but it doesn't, so I won't.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
...well presented, well designed, great soundtrack and haunting storyline... all the right elements for a great adventure game... my only criticism is that the puzzles are incredibly convoluted and it's sometimes really difficult to identify what to do / where to look at / what is even clickable... it does lead to a lot of trial and error... still, worthy of your time!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Anna - Extended Edition was one of the earlier games that I got on steam due to it being in a Humble Bundle years ago before I started to collect steam games. Due to the earliness of me getting the game, I am writing this review years after I played it. However, I do remember quite a bit about this game and my hours played do not include the offline hours which would total to around 2 or 3 or 4 more.

At the time, I remember that Anna had some decently nice looking graphics and okay movement (at least on the outside of the house). However, the game was quite annoying in finding out what to do next as it didn't really give me lots of hints as to where and what. I also did not like the item usage controls but that wasn't too important. As I figured out what to do in Anna and started to progress through the story (which wasn't too straightfoward at all), I never really felt the scare which I expected that I might feel. Sure some parts were dark and creepy, but Anna never allowed me to feel the scare that games like Dead Space did.

Overall, if you enjoy progressing through a story and playing through some creepy situations, go with Anna. However, unless it is on sale, I would not recommend this game.

Rating: 6.4/10
Recommend: on 75% sale or better only
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
That's the last time I will buy a game with "mixed" reviews. The main problems are:
1/ The clunky menus. This is evident even when you start the game. It takes about 16 mouse clicks to get going EACH TIME, which shows the designers simply have no concept of the player experience. Game play is largely ruined by constantly having to deselect inventory items, click through unnecessary text which blocks all other mouse actions, and closing the inventory by typing "i" instead of escape, all clicks requiring a little delay before the next action will work.

2/ I didn't find the pixel hunting too bad, but there is far too much randomly trying things in the inventory as some of the "solutions" are counter-intuitive. I am a seasoned adventure game player and like to play without walkthroughs but this just isn't worth the effort of doing so.

The game isn't bad looking but the "atmospheric sounds" feel like they just threw in random effects for a bonus. That's really the problem, it just doesn't feel genuine, it's too formulaic. The real giveaway is the trite writing in the diary, which reads like a schoolkid exercise. Give it a miss.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Game unusable and Refund Refused, stay away from this developer! After Three Years I have finally had enough of the intrusive (and highly glitchy) Registration Process every time I want to play this game. I really liked this game but I have never before come across a publisher who deliberately shoots themselves in the foot to this degree by barring the customers from playing a game they paid good money for. STEAM should do something about this highly suspicious (and creepy) company who are harvesting personal information and ripping people off in this way.

EDIT......

I had an important question about my review that I should share with the steam community. There is no doubt that Kalypso are selling our personal information to third parties. I got so exhausted from the glitching and inconvinience of the registration system that I created an email for no other reason than to use it for the registration process and nothing else. Sure enough withing days of doing this i started getting spammed from all sorts of buisineses and scams. The only people who ever had this particular email was Kalypso so they must be selling our personal information to third parties. It should also be noted that I left that particular email fallow for a month before registering it with Kalypso to see if It would get spammed if I did nothing, It didn't. That was evidence enough for me so I quickly closed it down. I made my findings known and took exeption at what they were doing, I asked Kalypso for a refund which they refused.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Very atmospheric horror point & click adventure.
Somehow you can feel the fright and tightness in the building you are trapped in.
Your job is to collect many occultic items, to proceed with certain rituals, read and listen the information that is given to you and await ghost randomly appearances. The beautiful soundtrack but especially the impressive sounds FX amplifier the horror and unforseen surprise. Unfortunately you must create a Calypso account before you can play this SP game (!).
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
When I first got this in 2013, my laptop could not handle it. I got a new PC recently, so I wanted to try to run it again. The game demanded I get an account on their website, which was annoying. What was worse is that the game claimed the product key couldn't be used again, so I can't even open the game. Be wary of this game.
EDIT: I tried to get a refund and was denied. Went to their website, and there is nothing about this game on it. I guess I am just screwed over $5.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Anna is a great first-person puzzle / adventure that perked my interest in the genre.

The basic story involves exploring a house, and getting to the dark secrets held deep within its maze of puzzles. Through the use of books and notes found in the game, we learn more about the characters involved in what happened here, come to our own conclusions. The whole environment has a surreal feel about it, at times beautiful, other times chilling, or supernatural. At its heart it is a tale about obsession, the cult of the Sacred Feminine, and worshipping a woman like a goddess.

Gameplay involves picking up items and figuring out what to do with them, made more interesting by the creepy ambience and the feeling you are being watched. The mask is definitely right up there as a spine-tingler, and I'm not talking about just how ugly it is. I found myself stuck at least two or three times, so if you don't run to a walthrough at the drop of a hat it is pretty easy to rack up the gameplay hours trying to figure out what to do next. Moments like these are ideal for if you're eating breakfast or having a cup of coffee.

Starting the game may seem dull - this is because you begin the game outside the house. Don't let this fool you. It can be pretty, or pretty boring depending on your mood. Once you get inside things start to get interesting. Imagery gets a bit busier - you have a lot more things to look at compared to the open spaces of outside. In the latter half of the game the supernatural events kick in to high gear and things really start to get interesting.

Want to know more? I don't want to spoil it for you, so you better get the game and find out for yourself. It may be short (depending on how fast you do the puzzles), but I found it an enjoyable break between longer games. It has its scary moments but these aren't too bad - you won't quit playing out of fear at any rate.

Other points to note: I had no problems getting the game to run on Windows 7, I don't even remember the DRM that others have mentioned. Controls are not the best, granted - but I didn't have any game-breaking bugs.

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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
A rather disappointing adventure game with annoying puzzles that have some weird solutions. Quite nice atmosphere and visuals, but the gameplay is lacking, hence I cannot recommend this game to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Great game! Just disconnect from internet while launching to bypass Kalypso DRM.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
It's sad because it's exactly the type of games I usually like; indie, atmospheric, adventure-puzzle.

- DRM - The game asks you to create an account, email address, etc. You need to insert the CD key EACH time you play (f**K you kalypso game).

- Lots of minor dysfunctional things makes the gaming experience painful and frustrating. Text is barely readable, controls are clumsy.

For me it's a waste of money.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Das Spiel finde ich höchst interessant, hat auch eine wunderschöne Grafik, leider steigt der Schwierigkeitsgrad im Laufe des Spiels massiv an, oder mir fehlt einfach das nötige Verständnis zur richtigen Schlußfolgerung.

Ich bin jedenfalls in der Mitte des Spiel nur weitergekommen in dem ich mir aus dem Internet die Lösung herausgesucht habe. Ich möchte jetzt hier nichts verraten, aber für mich sind einige Lösungen sehr ungewöhnlich und haben mit den Elementen nichts oder sehr wenig zu tun.

Wer also wirklich tagelang knobeln möchte und ein bißchen schockiert werden will, der sollte hier mal reinschauen.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Great game, creepy atmosphere and multiple game opportunities. I'm still working through another game after being unceremoniously dumped outside the house and having to start again!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
The soudtracks and The story of Anna is so....beautiful...but sad....

And....
The puzzle is so f✿✿✿ing hard!

I'll give a special thanks for the guides,
You took me to the end of Anna :-D
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118 of 149 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
Anna-

It has an eerie story, a few "jump scares" that we're tastfully done, but overall the game wasn't fantastic. I spent a few hours banging my head against some of the puzzles, as even though you're given a LITTLE direction, it's not enough half the time. If you're looking for a pretty game, this is it. Anna has it's own DRM, along with Steam, which some might find obnoxious. I forced myself to 100% it, alot of it in offline mode.

I would have to give it a 4/10, it did spook me a few times and give me the "WTF is that?! OH ♥♥♥♥" moments. The story could of been a bit more fluffed, and the puzzles given a little more direction. I spent most of my time, wandering back and forth in areas for a bit trying to find that TINY clue I needed to move on.

I recommend googling a "Walkthrough/How-To" for this game when you get stuck, or go slowly your first playthrough. Pay attention to every tiny detail.

My opinion on the matter, this game could have been more.
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99 of 122 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
be weary, game uses DRM which requires you to register your email account before you can play this single player game....
That wouldn't be so bad if the log in launcher didn't tell you your product key was already in use if you don't play the game for a few months...
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88 of 111 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Basically you have this adventure game with a pretty intriguing story and a very cool atmosphere. Sounds like it has a lot of potential right?

But let's talk about the controls. There's idiotic things like not letting you escape out of your inventory by hitting ESC. You have to hit "I" again. And then there's the inventory itself. It's very awkward where you have to scroll through a bunch of stuff you have. The interface could use a lot of work.

And now let's talk about "pixel hunting". You know what's frustrating? Going into a dark room with a bunch of items scattered about the room. The thing you want isn't an more noticeable and hidden a certain area and it looks just like all the other stuff you can't click on. So the only way to find it is to move your mouse over every possible item on the screen. Ugh. I combed rooms and missed things before and I had to use a walk through a few times to find things.

And now let's talk about the worst part of the game. The puzzles. Some make sense, many do not. There's a very thin section of wall you need to break through. Maybe use a stone or something? Nope. You have this metal gear piece. Maybe you can use that to break through? It's metal and looks fairly heavy, should bust through. Nope. I have a full canteen, that should be kinda heavy... Nope. Solution? You gotta use a tree branch to break through. A tree branch! To break through a wall.

Yes, that makes sense, right? The whole game is full of puzzles that barely make sense. The other use for a tree branch? There's a knife lodged in a wooden table. You want that knife. Your possible tools to get this knife blade out? Your hands. Nope, you''ll cut yourself, that makes sense. An axe! Let's just chop it out. Nope. A shovel? Maybe you can whack it out or pry it? Nope. Ah ha! I found a woodworking tool! That's gotta be it. I mean how else do you get a knife out of a WOODEN table! HAHA YEAH RIGHT. Obviously you would use a tree branch to get a knife out of a wooden table.

Good puzzle games, when you figure them out, you go "AHHHHH! That makes sense! Why didn't I think of that?" Anna, you can actually play with a walk through and be like "uhhhh, ok, I don't get it but sure whatever. I guess it might make sense maybe?" That's what made the Lucas Arts games so much fun. You might have NO idea how to pass a certain part of the game but if someone tells you the answer or you brute force the answer you think "Oh my god, that makes sense!" I remember in Monkey Island where I couldn't figure out what to trade the head hunter. So I offered him everything in my inventory until it worked. And when the item that worked was offered I had to laugh because it made complete sense once I thought about it. Anna, I used a walk through heavily after figuring out how terrible the puzzles were.

So basically, do not recommend this game in the form it is in now. Now, if they went through and fixed a bunch of things and redid a lot of the puzzles, I think this could be a very good game. It's just fairly minor things that need fixing, but a lot of things. Inventory fix would be very easy and then it's just fixing the puzzles. It almost feels like it would only take a week or two of work to fix the game completely.

It's a shame too because I think the story and atmosphere is great. If you are a HUGE paranormal / occult story fan, the game is worth playing for the story. Just make sure to have the walk through available for you so you can just play through the story without any of the frustration.
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58 of 68 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart … Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Jung

The first time I tried to play this game, it annoyed me a bit. Most beautiful atmosphere, sure. But the camera movements were lagged and inventory interface was downright annoying. I gave the game an hour or so, declared it as "meh" and quit to complete it for achievements on a later date. That was before I managed to get into the house. After my success, I learned that I couldn't be more wrong.

Anna is a tragedy, adorned with a love story, a murder, a forgotten promise and the cult of the Sacred Feminine. Our protagonist is an esteemed professor of history who gives lectures at a university in Italy. Important to note that he is specialized in mythology and folktales - because this is where social sciences tend to present complications fitting for a horror story. Life goes pretty much ordinary - aside some vaguely disturbing and symbolic dreams that he has been having - until he finds an envelope in his closet which leaves him with a sense of uneasiness. He avoids the envelope like the plague until his assistant conveniently spills tea over it, making opening the thing a priority. Then, he discovers photos of him in places that he has no memory of visiting. And the implication of a woman being there. He takes a pause, and mumbles to himself: "Anna, how could I forget you, my love".

We learn all this information from our professor's notes, meeting him the first time where he stands outside of an abandoned country house in a secluded valley. This is the house that he's been dreaming of, and he intends to discover more about it at any cost. I warn you: this is a "be careful what you wish for" scenario and it includes many disturbing symbolic imagery, knowledge of the occult, and the versions of folktales that Disney wouldn't even touch with a 10 foot pole. So keep reading if you are interested in a kind of dread that Lovecraft would be much proud of.

I wouldn't like to exaggerate anything, but the atmosphere is really marvelous and effective. Every detail is carefully put together to arrange the correct mood, empowered with symbolisms and background noises. Drawings and writings on the wall, lights flickering and beaming on furniture, random events and paranormal occurrences within the house makes you tiptoe, and jump at the tiniest of changes in setting. Yes, there are jump scares, but on contrary to a brutally gory display which we are used to, such events are presented elegantly with the usage of either uncanny symbolisms - concerning many, many weird puppets - or the usage of partial objects that would poke your unconscious with a needle like Silent Hill did back in the day. All of this is accompanied by the most beautiful soundtrack, full with suspense and emotion.

As for story, all events center the cult of the Sacred Feminine, where female force is idolized like a deity, or even a paranormal entity. I was astonished at the amount and authenticity of lore accumulated in this game. Story and atmosphere combined with the theme of survival horror, I think Anna as a more female oriented version of Amnesia: the Dark Descent. We have a flaw in memory, an abandoned settlement with occult on goings, appearances of most strange and disturbing phenomenon and a mystery to solve at all costs, mostly to our own inconvenience.

As for gameplay itself, there are much that lacks, I won't lie. There are books to collect and learn from, intuitions to combine, items to gather and puzzles to solve. Both without a basic background on at least mythology and an understanding of societal belief, the game would feel plain. Puzzles and most items do make complete sense only if you are already familiar with pagan customs. It is a feast to the ones who are interested in the lore, but I'd advice to skip this game for the casual horror game player.

If we are to be straight with the negative, controls do suck. Okay, you cannot go wrong with the tradition of WASD, but camera controls lag horribly, and mouse sensitivity is abhorrent. You basically go pixel hunting to grab something you are interested in, and I have been stuck with inventory bugs that makes it impossible to go through your documents for more than once. You save. You quit the game. You restart, reload. This is a thing now. Sorry.

Still, if you are persistent enough to endure controls - you get used to it as a nagging spouse after a while - and set aside the 3rd Party DRM that belongs to Kalypso, it is a good game. As a market strategy, a 3rd Party DRM is a really bad call and I've read there are issues of lost CD Keys about this game too. If you are interested, I advise to play the game in a 3-4 days period, complete everything and get done with it, for being on the safe side.

Does it worth this much trouble? Most would say definitely not, but I'm still glad that I was stubborn enough to go through with it. The true ending - it has 8 different endings depending on different courses of action you may take - baffled me and made complete sense for me. I gulped down the rest of my coffee and shed a tear, knowing what this whole ordeal was about. A tragedy, a warning, a mistake to be corrected, a demon to be faced... Call it whatever you may. On a last word, I loved it. I loved Anna, the Sabot Maker and our poor professor. I hope you'd give them a chance to haunt your subconscious too.

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52 of 66 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Plagued by a sudden and insatiable urge to investigate a mysterious, far away sawmill in a remote, Italian countryside, a man tries to uncover the source of his fevered visions and sense of familiarity with a place he has no recollection of ever visiting, despite evidence to the contrary. His search leads him to unearth a gruesome history of the abandoned dwelling and its past inhabitants, and in particular to the story of Anna, a woman who seems to somehow be at the heart of it all. But to what end?

A first person horror game set almost entirely within a single, modestly sized building, players are tasked with solving puzzles to both progress exploration and to reveal the story related to each room and/or the part the items involved in each puzzle played in past events. But the deeper you delve into the mystery, the more your sanity and reality are called into question as the world begins to change around you and conspire against your efforts. Presentation is stunning as the visuals, sound and overall design are the beating heart around which this games revolves and reason enough to play it through from start to finish.

UI is largely intuitive but can confound on occasion as there's no explanation of its more intricate workings necessary for fully uncovering the story. In fact, that probably also sums up just about every aspect of the gameplay here. Satisfying and frustrating in equal measure, for every part of the game that there is to enjoy, there's also as many flaws as the puzzles and story become increasingly convoluted towards its conclusion. Since quite a few of the puzzles are based around performing rites and rituals, it means the player has no natural process of logic or intelligence to apply to the solution, but instead must pick up on the clues or directions provided by the game, which at times can prove annoyingly obtuse.

But don't let that stop you. Despite its shortcomings (one of the biggest of which is the unneccesary DRM which requires that you create an account with Kalypso Media in order to run the game. A process that feels incredibly archaic at this stage in our chosen pastime), that still doesn't stop it from being a worthwhile and gratifying experience, for nothing else if not for providing one of the singular most startling scares I've had in a game to date (mind how you go in the artisan room!). Anna - Extended Edition also includes the original game released prior to the free update which overhauled a massive amount of the game to include a myriad of new content and greatly expands upon the story and its surrounding lore. In comparion, the extended edition makes the original seem like a skeleton without its flesh and really should only be played after finishing the latest version just to see how far the game has come and how much effort developer Dreampainters went to in order to craft an experience that stays with you long after the credits have finished rolling.
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70 of 96 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Game is ok, but the controls feel like they are from 1996. Also requires some lame Kalypso(sp?) account before you can play.... You must also agree to some lengthy TOS when you sign up too, and they try to "opt-in" spamming you on their mailng list. until they remove that crap I can't recommend buying it on steam.
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