As I browsed around the store for games that cost less than a penny (like the cheapskate that I am) my attention was caught by the Haunted Memories logo and the fact that it was free. I clicked on it and was immediately astounded by its amazing graphics from the screenshots; amazement that only grew as each image flashed into my screen with every passing second. A horror game with superb graphics that was free? It must be too good to be true. I mean, free?
So i downloaded it into my hard drive and thirty minutes later I was on the main menu of Haunted Memories, listening to that great piano medley. I immediately went to the settings and modified them so that they would all be at the least demanding options for my computer (which isn't really that great; decent, but not that great). I went to episodes, selected the first one, and then dived into the game. The first thing I noticed was that the graphics were as good as they were advertised (even in the lowest settings). But there was a problem. There was lag, and it wasn't pretty. I began to think of the reasons that could cause this and remembered that I still had some processes opened. I closed them all and proceeded to start again. This time the lag was greatly reduced, but it was still there. A small price to pay, I thought. I reached the car and grabbed the flashlight but alas, I needed some batteries for it. Good thing there were some on the table next to the typewriter! I took them but, what's this? The light won't appear!? As I tried to shine my light everywhere, I found that no bright beam of energy would be dispelled from my flashlight that day, or ever. Strangely, it only worked on the leaves, but why would I want to see the leaves? A small price to pay, I thought again and began to play the game without a light source. Everything went well except for the lag. It was annoying, but not enough to make me want to quit (I stared directly at the ground or the sky most of the time, thus less lag).
And then I started teleporting. The first time it happened I asked myself what that was. Maybe a side effect from getting too close to Slendy? So next time I proceeded carefully, watching my surroundings like a hawk. I teleported again. No Slendy in sight. I began thinking of other possibilities. I remembered there was a U-vision in the achievements list. Could it be that something I couldn't see was causing me to teleport back? Like a ghost or something? As I approached the end of the game, not a single U-vision, or anything similar to that name, was ever found. And the teleportation continued, "God, what was that!?" That is perhaps the line most frequently seen in the entire episode (As a side note, when I looked around the internet to see if there were other people complaining about this or if I was just having another episode of paranoid psychosis, I found that there were A LOT of people complaining about this feature. The creator's response? "We think it's a cool feature ;)" It most definitely is not a cool feature and when it happens every twenty seconds, along with the lag that comes with it and Slendy frequently getting in your way, each tentacle holding a stop sign as he chases you away from where you want to go, it gets annoying fast).
But what did I tell myself? A minor price to pay! Actually at this point I wasn't sure anymore. But my curiosity was intrigued and I needed to know the end of it (mostly so that all my pain and suffering was not for nothing). There were a few other bugs along the way, like the spots were you get stuck and can't get out. Personally, I found two: One on the first set of stairs inside the inn (If you stick too close to the kitchen wall) and another at the end of the right wall on the outside of Restryct B (there are reports of other locations but I can't say I found them).
And then, I reached the final location. As I moved through, Slendy appeared out of nowhere and killed me (I guess this is what he does if he catches you? I don't want to know why they decided to give him tentacles in this one...). Well, good thing I saved right before entering, right? I load up the game again but when I spawn I see that the gate is closed. That's strange; I saved after I placed those three items in their rightful location to open the gate. I go look at the spot I placed them but find that they are not where they should be. Maybe they went back to my inventory? I check but they are not there either. Umm...what? It turns out that for some bizarre reason, if you load up after you placed those three items, the game breaks and you can't finish it, since the gate remains closed. My last save before that was on the other side of the map so it wasn't that bad (it took me 15 minutes to get back there though. The constant teleporting, the lag, and slender getting in my way made it almost impossible; but it was mostly due to the teleporting).
I was about to quit, but I convinced myself to continue by reminding me that I had to finish the game. For Gondor. I enter the final area and am constantly teleported back, but I don’t give a damn and tank through. Nothing is stopping me this time! Then bam! I reach the end.
Tears start flowing down my face. “I've done it! I've finally done it! It was not in vain! IT WAS NOT IN VAIN!!!" I click on the final piece of the puzzle and wait for the end cutscene. 5 seconds pass. Nothing. 10 seconds. Nothing. I click on it again just in case. Nothing. I start to laugh, hoping it is all a bad dream. Minutes later I find out that you need all the pieces of the puzzle, which I obtained, to finish the game. But I did get all the pieces! I leave the final area and go to where the pieces are, and lo and behold: there they are. Frustrated, I click on it but find that it is not disappearing for some reason (like other items do when you pick them up). I click on it again but it stays there, mocking me. I load a previous save and return to the location with the piece, but still I cannot pick it up. The game cannot be completed. At least in my case. After that I decided to play on “easy” to rush through the story, but midway the same bug occurred again. I couldn’t pick up a piece, thus making the game impossible to complete.
And there you have it. If all these bugs, the lag, and most importantly the teleportation don’t scare you away then give this game a try. It could be a good game. The ambience and the 'puzzles' are there, but the bugs and the lag make it really hard to finish. I wanted to finish the game. I really did. I hope the creators fix these issues soon (though it is unlikely since rarely do creators go back on a project once they start working on others). If you have a poor computer, this game is not for you. If you have a descent computer, this game is also not for you. If you have a $2000 computer like my friend does (you know who you are, you ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥), then this game might be for you. Just be aware that slender won’t be the one scaring you on this one. It’s the bugs and glitches you will be afraid of (for me it was the never-ending teleporting back…back…back…).
-snakefang“Oh God, what was that!?”xp
January 22, 2014