Anna - Extended Edition has been given an overhaul based on the feedback of the thousands of players of the original Anna.
User reviews: Mixed (774 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

PC
Mac
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
20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Nice graphic at start game then you will be at dark home, but very must green(outside). Not easy gameplay. Scared game ^ ^ Don't play this at night with headphones :D
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Anna is the game which gives you much more than a standart horror game. First thing if you like Dear Esther than you'll like this game too. Anna's story reminded me usually Fatal Frame 2 Crimson Butterfly because of twin sacrifices and the mask puzzles from the first Fatal Frame. Soundtrack is great but it's too soft for the horror game or mystery game. one of the main soundtrack is very similar with first Risen game. It makes me feel like wandering around and cutting chickens in the Risen :D I seriously recommend this game. I'm sure it's story will catch you.
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5 of 5 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 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This review will be about Anna - Extended Edition. I also played the original version tho im not going to say anything about it. I mean why play the old version when you can play the updated and polished one?

Story 8/10

The story revolves around a man with amnesia who dreams about an old sawmill in the mountains and a woman he can't forgot - Anna. To find his lost memories, the reason why he lost them and the true identity of Anna, he finds himself at this place again. In order to do so, he's got to solve misterys/puzzles and keep his sanity while witnessing a lot of supernatural phenomena to get his way through all the rooms in the sawmill to eventually find out the truth.

Everything will be told to you through voices you hear throughout the game, books you'll find and read, notes the protagonist will make about certain things and with your own intuition. The Extended Edition has 8 different endings which i'll not put on display here so don't worry about spoilers.
I enjoyed playing this game while discovering all the different endings and making conclusions on what exactly happend there. The story is not made that easy so you don't get bored after the first time playing it because you already know whats going to happen, but also not that difficult that you can#t understand everything. You will have a great time playing this gem if you pay attention and take your time to read certain books/notes you find throughout the game, because this game is certainly not something you can rush through and expect to understand everything. I enjoyed the story and everything around it and can only recommend it.


Gameplay 9/10

You see everything from the 1st person view, you have to explore the area and find clues and objects to solve puzzles/riddles in order to progress in the story(If you played something like Amnesia you will have a better image of what i mean). Theres no healthbar in the game so you basically can't die, but theres a bar that shows you your sanity.
Meaning if you witness to many harmfull events, the game will end with a rather unsatisfying ending, depending on how far you got.

the gameplay is easy to understand so nothing really there to confuse you. The only thing i would have to mention is that in the beginning the controls might feel a bit off when you are trying to use the objects you found and when you are trying to interact with your enviroment, but that will go away after playing for a bit so no serious problem. Only bad thing i would have to mention is that sometimes the phenomena you witness are bugged. Well leaving the 2 buggs i witnessed aside the game has a solid, simple gameplay.

Sound 6/10

Dialogs are voiced really good, everything is easy understandable and just fits the situations. Backgroundmusic and sound effects are not especially good or bad. The game also features different background music while exploring the sawmill.

Overall the music,dialogs sound effects are good. Nothing special that will be stuck in your head but im not going to use that as a negative point for the game. What i really didn't like is that you can easily notice when something is going to happen, because most of the time theres a change in music slightly before something happens. Personally i think that is the worst thing about this game since it takes away the fear, which..well.. should be in a horror game

Conclusion 7/10

Taking everything into account im giving this game a 7 out of 10. The story is enjoyable and interesting enough to make you feel like you want to know everything and get all the different endings to find the real truth. Gameplaywise there isn't much innovation but also nothing really bad to say about it.
All in all i had a great time playing this game, playing it multiple times to learn more about Anna and her story. Some of the phenomena scared me for good the first time and some of them even for the second and third time :D. I can really recommend this game for people who like horror point&click adventure games. But don't expect the great horror, if you do, choose something else because this game is focused more on revealing the good story with some nice scare-jumps to push up the mood of the game a bit.


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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I keep seeing reviews putting this game down over the DRM that goes out of its way to be non intrusive. Would it be better if it wasn't there? Sure, but it doesn't really detract from the experience much if at all.

As far people claiming how difficult the puzzles are, they must be pretty dull. The puzzles are just challenging enough and they're even spelled out for you in-game. Almost all of the longer more complex puzzles are laid out for you in various books and notes, complete with pictures if you're not much into reading.

This game does a good job of maintaining a spooky atmosphere with a variety of events along with an always present AI that pops up unexpectedly. It has some tasteful jump scares as well as creepy audio that keeps you on edge.

Story isn't bad and it's fun to piece things together to get the true ending. It's not grandiose story, but it's short and sweet.

I don't regret picking this up and I honestly found this much creepier than Outlast, Slender, or Amnesia ever were.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Anna, from start to finish she is all A's.
The atmosphere of the game is very inviting and insidious at once. Just the exterior of the Sawmill is enough to make you curious about what is inside, and once inside, the door back out is always an option.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I'm a little torn with this game. When I saw the preview I said, "YES! This looks like some really freaky horror s***!" But when I played it, My first reaction was one of "... Huh... That was a thing, that happened..."

To be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely dissapointed with the game, but I feel like during the development somebody forgot to ask, "Hey, I get that we're working on a horror game but... where exactly is the conciquence?" Don't get me wrong, some legitimately freaky stuff goes on but, it felt more like I was in one of those Haunted House attractions more than playing an actual game. Now I can defend something like Dear Esther utilizing a minimalistic game approach because there was an interesting story woven into the visuals being presented to the player, but this game doesn't seem to really have a story minus "Demons in a shack... maybe?"

I guess it's supposed to be like a 1st person 3D Point-and-click Puzzle adventure, but even then there is a lot of context missing from the puzzles, hell I spent almost an hour trying to figure out how to get into the cottege. If it's on sale and you want a short-lived horror experience then sure, pick it up. Otherwise, it's just kind of "blah" as far as horror games go.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Anna is a horror/puzzle/indie game made by Dreampainters and was published by Kalypso. It was then released in 2013.

The game is about you, and you have lost your memory. You are dreaming about a sawmill and the woman of your life. You wake up at this house/sawmill and you must go inside to find the truth about yourself and your dreams.

The game has diffrent endings depending on what you do throughout the game, but there is one absolute final ending. There are also fun achivements to pick up aswell.

I love psychological stories, and this one is a killer. As you progress in the game you unlock intiuitions you can puzzle togheter to get more and more story and get further to the truth. If you dont succeed with every puzzle or if you can't get the intiutions right, you wont get the whole story in the end.

And that bothers me.

I want the story told to me while I get scared in graphical and psychological enviroments. (Which this game have.)
I don't want to puzzle my way through the game. It's a great idea and I think alot of people who play this game loves it because of that. But I don't like it.

Besides from that, I got the whole story and I like it. I also, kind of, like the graphics and enviorment. There are some disscussable events and unshaped, ugly hands or pretty bad voice acting here and there though. The whole games feels very... "Cheap" and they could have put more effort to it and just fix small things to make this game much much better.

There isn't much "horror" in this game either. It is scary rooms and through the whole game you do not feel welcome at all in the house, which I like alot and it's a great experience when there is no jumpscares or scary monsters, just chills down your spine.

If you are a puzzle person who like stories and solving mysteries i think you should play this.
I wouldn't "recommend" this game to anyone though which is why im putting a "No Recommendation" on this game because of wierd graphics here and there and cheap enviorment here and there.
Get it on a sale!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
this is a game worth playing once. but only once also its not worth more than 9.99$ evan 10$ is to much but if you have a chance to play this game for a good prize go play it
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I just bought this game on Steam, and now the game needs a product key. Which I don't have.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Intro impossibly slow. Crashes at the first attempt to look around.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Requires you to sign up for an account on some unknown web service and give them your e-mail address to play. Just an e-mail fishing scam.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This is a really boring game.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Did not enjoy it so I will not recommend it. Enough said.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I like the atmosphere - a bit scarier than I thought, which I'm happy for. The puzzles make me feel sort of dumb - not many games have done that. You really have to think for a few of them...and others just seem like guess work as the clues provided are not always the best. I believe I'm about half way through so the game on a normal play speed probably would take about 4 hours.

If Steam has this for $5 or less, pick it up.

Comparison: Dear Esther with more "gameplay."
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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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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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111 of 140 people (79%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
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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67 of 93 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
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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