Publisert: 10. august
This is one of the times that I with there was some another option other than yes or no when it came to recommending this game. I personally like the IDEA of the gameplay and the concept, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I love the general gameplay as it stands right now either. Hopefully that'll make more sense as you continue to read my review, but let's get down to it.
In terms of graphics, it actually looks pretty decent for an indie game. I've seen some people saying that their computers couldn't handle it...but I've got a Nvidia Geforce 610 GT and I managed to run the game with just about everything on whilst also getting some pretty decent frames, so seeing as how this is a 'work in progress' I'm sure that subject to change...for the good or otherwise.
When it comes to the camera effects and the SFX and whatnot, I'd say that's mostly where the game shines at in terms of graphics. The distortions are done pretty well, there's some haze if you try to look at something in the distance, and the colors even begin to seperate when it rains (I.E. the water causes the camera to see Red, Green, and Blue). Now, all this being said, there are some flaws here and there. Some examples would be some textures looking...a bit outdated/out of place, randomly changing pictures (And not in the good way either...as in the paintings seem to be actually changing into something completely different before my eyes at times. If that's part of the game, then just shoot me a message, but I'm pretty sure I saw one of those Michael Jackson paintings literally morph into one of the bathroom paintings.)
There are some things that I did kinda gripe about in the game that others might say was just me nitpicking, but personally they kinda stood out a lot. For one thing the perspective of your character is...odd. I feel like he's taller than the viewpoint may imply, as referenced by the furniture and whatnot, but whenever I attempted to interact with something I couldn't help but feel like I was incredibly short. The rooms could have been a bit more interesting in my opinion, and the design of the house just felt...off.
Now the sound is one of the high points. Listening to the game via my computer speakers doesn't do it enough justice, so I normally use my headphones when I play this game. It does a fair job of immersing you into the game via sound, and it does help to make the game more atmospheric/scary.
When it comes to gameplay, the premise of the game is pretty basic. You go around the house and record the strange occurances that happen there, or don't happen as the case may be. You've got your flashlight, and you've also actually got a time limit on how long you can stay up before you have to charge your camera. If you don't make it back to your bedroom before the battery hits zero then you die. You can go around the house and collect/read the letters left behind by the previous owner, as well as learn the history of the house via the laptop, or you can learn about our main character's background.
The story is nothing special at all. It's actually your typical 'Haunted House' type plot. I understand that the game is supposed to be, more or less, of an homage to Paranormal Activity, but the story could really have been a bit less cliched in my opinion. Not that you're required to even figure out the story, as you could just play the game without ever picking up a single note.
The scares aren't very scary. I jumped due to...well, jump-scares, but that's it. I never felt real-deal fear while I played the game, and some of the scares just felt a bit forced and really typical for me. I get that they're dynamic to help make the game stay fresh, but that only works if the game continues to scare you...that never really happened for me.
This isn't going to affect my decision on how I'd rate this game, but if you came here with the expectation that the game would have fairly frequent updates...well, then you may want to look elsewhere. As you could probably tell from the patch-notes about, the game hasn't been updated since April. I don't currently know what the creator is doing as of right now, but I had heard that he has tried to fund the project through a website other than Kickstarter. I currently don't know the name.
Personally, I don't know if I'd recommend this game as it stands. I liked the idea/concept of this game, and I'd very much like to see how much farther it'll go during development, but as it stands it's just an alright game to me. It offers nothing new in the way of gameplay, story, or otherwise, but at the same time the premise of the game is pretty appealing to those who like to try out new things.