Anna - Extended Edition has been given an overhaul based on the feedback of the thousands of players of the original Anna.
User reviews: Mixed (813 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 12, 2013

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"Moody, melancholic, and disturbingly scary. Developed by Dreampainters."
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Reviews

“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
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Anna is an amazing, yet disturbing experience with a unique and engaging story. The game seems relatively tame when starting in the lush green yard of an abandoned house that doesn't look all that sinister from the outside. However, once gaining access to the inside, things start to unfold that maybe you really didn't want to see in the first place. There a many different puzzles to be solved, some requiring a fair amount of reading various notes and books for the necessary clues and information. The music is fabulous and definitely one of the brightest spots in the game and the supernatural events will test your sanity. There are even several different possible endings adding some replayability.

I did find Anna to be a little on the difficult side as far as figuring out what items were used for what purpose mostly because there are a lot of different items and sometimes the solutions were far from obvious. Then there are the intuitions which I didn't understand at all without finally reading a guide. It also has an intrusive Kalypso DRM installed requiring an e-mail account and password.

Everything told, Anna is definitely a worthwhile chilling adventure that is sure to have you second guessing yourself.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
It's a horror game with find-the-right-pixel type adventure gaming. The interface is frustrating and terrible and requires WAY too many mouse clicks to do basic stuff that you do constantly, especially if you have no idea what to do next and are just trying things out. The quality of the sound is terrible, as well, which is too bad because the sounds and narration is a lot of what is creepy about the game. It sounds like they recorded all the voice acting in a bathroom or something. The graphics, especially the grass outside the house, were nice to look at, though, and the music was decent. The story was really disturbing, which is to be expected for a horror game, but dang, this is bad.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
For me, Anna was a very confusing game, especially at the start. I mean starting outside in the pretty lush garden, very confusing.. Not saying it is bad. but also that you have to find certain items.. It's a puzzle game, with horror and adventure.. Getting past the first part wasn't too tricky.. getting the achievement.. the same really..
Second part.. much more confusing.. more difficult to figure out.. And I am now at a stand still..
But for me the game really is something worth playing and getting through.

I am not into horror games usually and this game scares the **** out of me.. but I'd still recommend anyone to play this because it really gets you on your toes..

There really is a lot to this game and I am sure that it'll become even weirder the further in I get.

But as of this moment it's above average really.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Basically you have this adventuregame 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 escape. 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.

Yes, that makes sense, right? The whole game is full of puzzles that barely make sense. The other use for a tree branch? Knife lodged in a wooden table. 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! A woodworking tool! That's gotta be it. HAHA YEAH RIGHT. Use that tree branch, silly.

Some of the puzzles are just utterly horrible. Good puzzle games, when you figure them out, you go "AHHHHH! That makes sense!" 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.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
There's really no reason for this game to have added a required account and log in on their specific website just to play. There wasn't a third party DRM warning when i bought the game so long ago and now after a "overhaul" the game now has it. What's the point? It's just going to turn away people like me who tried to boot it up and saw the "you must create an account to play" then simply uninstalled. Seriously wondering what the devs were thinking...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Very confusing and vague puzzles. Awesome story and creepy atmosphere. Gave me ghoosebumps throughout the game. Enjoyed it a lot!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Very Short and Buggy
So, the game itself was good and it had a decent story. However, it was very short and unplayable. Allow me to explain.
A vast majority of all players experienced the dreadful graphics glitches as soon as you enter the house. It was technicially playable, but it would near cripple my 8 core CPU gaming rig...
I'm not sure if this was ever fixed, but I know I waited 3 months and never got a patch. There was a workaround, but it's not what you think.
The extended edition also includes the option to play the original Anna. This version did NOT have the house bug, but it was almost like playing a different game! The interface, story, and puzzles were very different and had an unpolished feel to it.
So, basically, I never actually finished the extended edition...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Technically - has potential but suffers from very poorly optimized performance, extreme frame drops and frequent crashes, even on low settings with a more than capable system.

Gameplay - not scary or creepy at all, basically a glorified hidden object game.

In summary - do not buy even if, like me, you are tempted to pick up another first-person horror experience on the cheap. Stick with Amnesia TDD, Slender or even Penumbra.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Game is broken and gets stuck every five minutes. It's unplayable. I would recommend it if it actually worked but it's a waste of money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
That would be nice if the game could stop crashing at the beginning...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Broken at least on Linux, I couldn’t read some documents nor get into the house. Also, I hear there’s some sort of DRM.

It’s too bad because it looks great and could have been a great first person puzzle adventure game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
The story is good, and engaging but...
The graphics are sluggish, and sometimes color and setting doesn't seem to fit the game.
The soundtrack and effects are good, but not enough to scare.
It sometimes tries to scare the player but, in the most of the cases it fails.

Summarizing, the story is good, but the game itself not really. It tries to scare you but the most "terrifying" part of the game is the story.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Lovely, chilling, and absolutely terrifying (for me). Don't play if you have severe phobias of things sneaking up on you or of darkness. I was petrified the first time I tried to play this, 10/10 would recommend for people who don't normally do horror.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
More of a puzzle game then a horror game. Anna indeed has it's moments and had some nice scares. I wish the sawmill was bigger, there is only about a dozen rooms you get to explore. Some puzzles where obtuse and I had to resort to a walkthough at times. The real ending is rather dark.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Over all a good game. More of a puzzle game than a survival horror and some of the puzzles are pretty obscure. Perhaps my opinion on the horror elements is slightly dulled from just having played amnesia but there are only 1 or 2 'jump' moments. It is however a beautiful game, the graphics, the lighting and the music all combining brilliantly to build immersion.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Amazing game. A must have.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I enjoyed this game, ALTHOUGH Steam spoiled the ending by giving me a Trading Card that said "You know you did it." >.>

Dark ambiance, pleasant music, dead babies, and mannequins? Sweet.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Need to get a blade that's lodged in a wooden table. Hammer? Nope. Knife? Nope. Screwdriver? Nope. Stick? Yep. STICK? ♥♥♥♥ING STICK? Nuff said.
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9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Nice plot with many references to the details of the story told "behind the scenes". Sometimes it's hard to guess what to do having quite a big stack of items, but eventually solving the puzzles without any guide gives much of satisfaction. On the other hand don't buy it at a high price :)
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4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Great game, don't play it.

Because you'll run into a horrible design choice that actually gives you a game over equivalent if you lose all your sanity.

Of course if you know this you will keep backup saves with decent sanity level, if you don't you are screwed and need to start over the game, of course knowing what to do gives you an advantage now.

But really, I need to go back and mechanically do everything again to get back to where I was?

Dvmb developer, you could at least divided the game in chapters and let us start from any of them once unlocked.
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