MORE STORY THAN GORY! A HYBRID OF ALTERNATIVE HORROR AND CREEPYPASTA... Welcome to the Halloween Edition v1.03! Take a deep breath, dim the lights, put on your headphones... Non-linear first-person gameplay lets you explore Grimhaven Orphanage and discover the characters who once lived there – voiced by Dan Bull, Chuck Huber and Raychul...
User reviews: Mostly Negative (125 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 13, 2013
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“"...a genuinely creepy ghost story that has the potential to be the scariest game we’ve seen in awhile. Huntsman: The Orphanage has been heralded by some to be the revitalization the horror genre needs. It has the potential to the eerie, emotional, and atmospheric adventure found in horror games past."”
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“"...a whole new take on the horror genre... in an attempt to move the gameplay away from the long standing tradition of being violent and full of gore, into something altogether different and even more creepy."”
INDIE GAME MAGAZINE

“"If you want an experience that portrays the essence of creepypasta, Huntsman The Orphanage is your choice."”
4/5 – SURVIVAL HORROR DOWNLOADS

HALLOWEEN EDITION v1.03 - NEW UPGRADE!

v1.03 is now live, with extra sound effects and a new memento that unlocks a new part of the story! Get lost in the hedge maze returning the mementos to free the orphans, escape the Huntsman as he walks the same dark pathways... hunting for you!

  • HUNTSMAN HUNTING YOU!
  • NOW WITH SHORTER STORIES, 30 TO 60 SECONDS EACH
  • FULL-LENGTH STORIES STILL IN THERE IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK!
  • INTRICATE HEDGE MAZE DESIGNED BY A "RIPLEY'S-BELIEVE-IT-OR-NOT" MAZE-MASTER
  • NEW UPGRADED AND EXPANDED TERRAIN
  • IMPROVED GRAPHICS & MORE NEW SOUND EFFECTS

And Merry Christmas to all our existing customers, v1.03 IS A FREE UPGRADE and thank you for your support!

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About This Game

MORE STORY THAN GORY! A HYBRID OF ALTERNATIVE HORROR AND CREEPYPASTA...
Welcome to the Halloween Edition v1.03!

Take a deep breath, dim the lights, put on your headphones...

Non-linear first-person gameplay lets you explore Grimhaven Orphanage and discover the characters who once lived there – voiced by Dan Bull, Chuck Huber and Raychul Moore, plus a multitude of other great voices from around the world - some of which we discovered through our global YouTube auditions!

We call this ‘alt horror’ because it has no graphic violence, blood or guns. As the player, you have no defense... however, you must show empathy and courage to save the twelve missing orphans. This is a game for people who like to explore, listen, think and solve - and play cat and mouse in a dark and scary maze. Listen to the nineteen personal creepypasta-style stories to piece together the mysterious events of that fateful night in 1898, when twelve orphans simply... disappeared! Now with shorter (30-60 sec) in-game stories to enhance the tension and new plot twists when you least expect them! And don’t panic story lovers! The full stories are still there – on the menu page and somewhere within the game… if you know where to look!!

Find the twelve orphan’s mementos and place them on the correct headstones to set the lost souls free. Did we mention the headstones are in a hedge maze? Custom-created by a ‘Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not’ Maze Master? No problem! But first you’ll have to find the key... Are you up to the challenge? Did we mention the Huntsman… in the maze… stalking you? Did we mention he may also be lurking in Grimhaven Orphanage?

So – how fast can you turn and run? Well you won’t know ‘till you check it out! So go do it! Have fun!! Scare yourself as much as you want (maybe you should keep the hallway light on…!)

This is a Free Upgrade for all our Steam key holders and supporters of our Black Friday Edition – THANK YOU!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Intel 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 & DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA).
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please note that the game does not run on most integrated video cards such as Intel GMA. It also requires at least 256 MB of video memory to run smoothly.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Leopard
    • Processor: Intel/Mac 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 & DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA).
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please note that the game does not run on most integrated video cards such as Intel GMA. It also requires at least 256 MB of video memory to run smoothly.
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
I hate to write this review, I really do. The world needs more serious horror titles like this that are story and atmosphere-based as opposed to action games with horror themes.

The problem here is twofold.

1. They forgot to actually create a game around the story. Finding items precious to the orphans? Fine. Putting them on their graves to free them? Awesome. Putting those graves at random in a massive maze with very few identifying marks and no way to mark your progress? Yeah, massive mistake. That's just not fun. Using standard maze navigation tactics accomplish nothing, because you aren't looking for one goal or exit, you're looking for a dozen. The no-inventory rule is fine as well, forcing you to carry one item at a time. But ONLY if you can actually locate your destination.

2. They lack the technical skill to make an engine that supports the kind of game they want to make. It's clunky, and while it looks okay with details cranked up in the settings, the actual physics of it all are horrible. You drop things at random, and have to scramble around to see where they fell among extremely busy textures. You have no interactive options except with 'hot' items. You can't move small objects to get around them, you can't jump, it's all very 1996.

The end result is that it's just no fun. The Huntsman is designed well. I like the idea of the slow, inevitable stalker-like villain. The story is interesting, the acting is good, the way the ghosts interact with your smartphone is clever. None of that can counteract the tedious nature of the game. It defies common sense and logic: if you were really trying to navigate a maze and were somehow incapable of carrying more than one small item at a time, you'd figure out SOME way to mark progress in the maze. Breadcrumbs, whatever. Drawing out a map. SOMETHING. Nobody would just wander around lost, repeatedly. The building is full of potato sacks, but you never grab one to carry these items in. It's all just a way to draw out what amounts to an extremely small game. You could blow through this in two hours if you could carry more than one item.

I wish the devs would have consulted with more experienced designers in the development of the game. Just a handful of other environments, a smaller maze, and an increased limit of carrying such as three items would have made the difference between an atomspheric movie-you-play-through and a game that's effectively a spooky version of taking out the trash.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I traded for this game because I was curious, and wanted to whet my appetite for horror games. Despite numerous negative reviews, I decided to take a chance.

If you like walking simulators, mediocre voice acting, lengthy backstories, and gameplay similar to Slender Man (find items while evading a stalking enemy), then you might enjoy this game. Regardless, I advise you stay away from this one and save both your time and money - unless you manage to obtain this for free.

The aesthetics are decent, but fairly bland - playing on the highest settings gives an average atmosphere, but nothiing too fancy. The remake of Slender Man is much nicer to look at, if you care about that kind of thing. The music and sounds leave a lot to be desired - the voice acting is pretty horrendous and takes away from the game signficantly. "Only If" is a free to play game that was a quick project, and the voice acting there is much cleaner and smoother than what you will find here. The story initially was provided as minute-long vignettes, but has been shortened to about half a minute (with an option to explore with more depth if you so desire) after the endless amount of complaints regarding the immersion-breaking audio narratives that forced you to stand and wait until each was completed (all the while a supposed "Huntsman" is stalking you).

The controls are straightforward and the learning curve is minimal - you just have to find objects and return them to the respective tombstone while avoiding the Hunstman. During gameplay, your character holds a cellphone in landscape mode, and this really defeats the purpose of jump scares because many of these surprises occur primarily on phone screen - which occupies a very tiny portion of the lower right corner. At times, you may miss a potential scare because your attention is not always fixed onto the small phone screen.

The gameplay is very boring and slow-paced, amplified by a small-ish map and lack of substantial things to do. Honestly, just watch a playthrough on YouTube and save yourself the trouble if you are that interested. Otherwise, I'd strongly advise you spend your time and effort somewhere else.

Do not recommend,

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
My pal gave me this game as a gift, I think he wants me to die
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
The main problem with this game is it just plain boring. Very little happens and when it does, you feel cheated. The main selling points was the story and phone but neither of these seems compelling or used in a good way. What seem like random voices and videos on your phone seem so out of place and uninteresting. You can see what the developers where trying to do but the idea was executed very poorly which is a huge shame. Cannot recommend.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
You'll need a pencil and paper to take notes, and use graph paper to get through this one! Seriously! You need to map out a huge hedge maze that you have to find your way through 12 times to find 12 different graves, so be prepared! You have to carry items to graves in the maze and can only carry "one" item at a time! Then you have to go back to the house and get another item, go through the maze again, find a different grave, rinse and repeat! It's so lame!!!

Keep in mind, each item goes on a different grave and you have to find the right grave for each item. It wouldn't be so bad if you could carry all the items at the same time, but having to go back to get each item, then transverse the maze again is torture!!! Even if you brought all the items to the entrance of the maze, it's going to be a long hall!!!

There was one cool part in the game that was freaking creepy! I had an encounter with the Huntsman, but I won't spoil it for you because it was so creepy and really cool IMO. I never finished the game due to sheer boredom and frustration. I warn you, if you buy this game, get the graph paper out before entering that maze! lol

I do not recommend this game, even at the sale price of $2.50 USD! It can be very frustrating and so boring!!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
after what seemed like a good start out, i quickly grew bored of all the scares in the game, pretty much laughed my ♥♥♥ off. The graphics are good however for a game such as this, however if you want a good horror game, look elsewhere this one will pretty much put you to sleep, thats how boring it was. i give it a 3 out of 10 for the graphics and zero replayibility.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I bought this for 2.99 on sale. If you get it for free, good for you, if not, don't bother paying for it.

I like the story idea of the orphanage and hunting down the parts for the kids but that's about where it ends.

The game play is glitchy, you have to figure out how the keyboard is configured (fairly easy) and no options.

Given time in delevopment, this game could have been a really good horror game. I'm sorry to give this game a thumbs down.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
My playtime with the game has been short but this is one of the better horror games avalible, its ambience is great, the story is intresting and it doesnt rely on jumpscares. What most people fail to see is that this game offers you the chance to get the whole story before playing which is nice since the main gameplay involves running back and forth from a maze hunting tombstones. The maze itself is probably the best idea i've seen for a horror game as maze's are ment to be confusing to navigate and this such maze will confuse you to the point of getting lost with the huntsman after you. The walking and running speed could be better then again it my by involantary stealth to avoid the huntsman. Plus his constant ticking makes you doubt that upcoming corner or him popping out of a path in the wall you can't see till you get further down said path. The maze itself is not just a cube splased with normal maps and textures like most 3d gamemazes, it actually looks like a hedge a iv scared myself from the bits of the hedge that stick out.
The Huntsman design is excellent i completley didnt expect it and i killed myself by accident just trying look at it on all sides. The huntsman's in-game reach is abit off though as he can get you about 5 steps away which needs to be fixed along with the 3-5 minute death scene. Basically if you die you have to watch a floating phone for a bit before credits rock up. Not bad the first time but each time is annoying and is a pain as i havnt found an actual skip button.
The objectives arn't ground breaking since they are find and place quests but are much more fun and difficult thanks to the maze and the huntsman.

Overall this is one of the better horror games, it has some problems that are minor and are doesn't force the player to go through a gauntlet of jumpscares but more originality than anything.

All Horror games lose that "horror"element after 2 or 3 plays and have to resort to jumpscares to fix it. It happens here but they don't add jumpscares to keep it up. It shows they trust there game enough to not cheap it out like several triple A games such as "Outlast"or"Slender The Arrival". Truly one of the most original horror games on steam.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I purchased today started played to few minutes of finished games is very shortly.
No good.
Sorry thank you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Not worth it. No story, besides listening to boring audio clips. You move around a tiny map and have to figure out items to find for girls, then move through a confusing maze at dark to give the right one. The game gives no direction. Poorly made, and a frustrating waste of time. It has negative reviews for a reason. ♥♥♥♥'s weak.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Terrible. I gave it a go and bought it due to it being on sale but my goodness! The controls are clunky, there are no directions and I was expecting scares :( Controls could definitely be honed.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Huntsman: The Orphanage is one of those very rare games that has an interesting idea for a game, and it works pretty well. It is one of those games that whilst you can watch people play it, the only way to really get the full experience of the game is to play it yourself.

I also like how they take the sound of a ticking clock and make it something that you will learn to fear. I have lost count the amount of times I thought I heard it in game and breathed a sigh of relief when I realised it was the clock on my wall that I heard, Which to me shows how atmospheric the game is if they can make me get scared by my own clock. The stories that each of the characters have to tell also add to the games atmosphere. I honestly believe that these stories wouldn't look out of place in a movie as it is just so well told by each of the people that they got to play the characters in the game.

And they have gotten a Ripley's Believe It or Not master to create the maze that the Huntsman calls home. And you will get lost in it, I have many times, I usually end up visiting the same grave 3 or 4 times as I look for the Orphan I am trying to free. Not to mention nearly jumping out of my skin as I turned a corner and there was the Huntsman making his way towards me in the maze.

The Huntsman himself is a creature I have learned to love and fear. He is based on a Huntsman spider: Only he is a lot bigger and his prey is you.This is a rare gem of a game, with so many games out there going for the jump scare tactic. It is a nice refreshing change to play something that goes for atmospheric horror and really gives me the creeps whenever I play it. And for that, I thank ShadowShifters for giving me this game to play and look forward to whatever they decide to do next.
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37 of 52 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Do not buy this game. I can't believe steam allows games like this. Even if this was a mobile app i would feel ripped off.

This game consists of only one map and is smaller than the average counterstrike map. You simply have to walk around and find a dozen items. There is no inventory just your left hand, so you have to physically carry each item one by one. It's a pain in the ♥♥♥.

There are no enemies no nothing, just this "Huntsman" guy who you die if you get too close to. He doesn't attack your or chase you or anything he just slowly walks around the map making a clicking noise so you know when to avoid him. Seriously the first time i saw him he was just standing there and he just looks ahead and i just stopped and was like.. wait.. this is why im supposed to be scared? Than all the sudden the main menu screen shows and it says "start new game" it really doesn't get much stupider than this. It really doesn't.

The devs are very inexperienced and do not really know how to do anything for that matter. You can't physically open doors, they just float open like some sort of magic trick and you hear the doorknob turn. When you place items on the floor they sometimes just float in midair.

There is no savegame or anything, you can spend an hour collecting items than just accidentally step within a 30ft radius of the hunstman and your game will just end.

The graphics are mediocre, very bland and not sharp or high resolution textures.

You can't open drawers, you can't open cabinets, its just a bare, boring, stiff house.

No jumpscares or enemies or anything, just an occasional door slam sound.

The tombstones you have to find are literally inside of a maze.. Like seriously? How is this supposed to be fun? it just makes you want to put your fist through your monitor..

Oh and i didn't even get to the worst part, you have to click on these hanging portaits of each character which plays an audio file of their entire life story.. Literally there are some that are half an hour. No joke. Half an hour. And you can't stop it or run away from it.. You have to listen to a half an hour story and the second you think its over, there is a short pause and they start talking again, you will literally fall asleep at your computer. You are supposed to listen to their entire life story just to figure out which item is theirs.

Stupidest game i've ever played in my entire life. Not only do i want a refund but i want compensation for brain damage having to listen to the dialogue in this stupid game.
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49 of 74 people (66%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2013
It's rare to find a horror game that has no blood & violence but the prob with this game is that I don't like it. (I'm going to post my thoughts on why I don't like it).

Cons:

1. It does a terrible job at making you nervous since the game's antagonist moves way too slow & does a lame life sapping technique if you look at him (Doesn't that sound familiar?)

2. Your main character moves slow and your always tapping Shift all the time just trying to run (The running in that game feels like fast walking)

3. The lack of names on the graves makes it annoying & time wasting

4. The lack of exploration sucks too because the orphanage is too small in my opinion which has a short basement, 2 short floors & that annoying hedge maze which takes forever to figure out

5. Finding Treasure and setting them on a certain grave kinda reminds me of a matching game except a more boring version of it

Pros:

1. Really good voice acting on each of the characters

2. The story is decent

Overall I personally think this game is terrible but some people might like a creepypasta based game with no blood or violence but don't bother wasting $15 on this game (I'm sorry about the negative review but I just didn't feel it).
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
I'll just say this out front: This isn't a perfect game. I do feel that there are some things that were done right and some things that could use some improvement, but I'm also confident that any perceived negatives will be addresed by Shadowshifters.

The game does a good job of setting up a creepy environment with a creepy backstory. If exploring an old, abandoned orphanage marred by an unexplained, supernatural tragedy doesn't give you a few chills, then you might want to check your pulse and make sure it's still there. The Huntsman himself is a creepy character too, although maybe based a tad too much on common creepypasta tropes in his appearance, but I'm largely quibbling on that one and have probably read too many creepypastas myself. The cellphone flashlight and screen are a nifty addition that makes you wonder why it hasn't been incorporated before in games like this. The flashlight mechanic is obvious, but the use of the screen is a very nice idea that can really enhance the genre. You may also wonder if the character is lugging a car battery in a backpack that's wired up to the thing, too, heheh. It's used to decent effect with some creepiness, although granted, I feel there's more potential in the idea than we currently see.

That being said, I feel like this game could do more with what it has. More mystery would be very welcome. Handing much of the story over in narration isn't so bad, but I feel like feeding the story in smaller chunks via exploration and other means could have been a better hook. One item in particular was pretty difficult to find. The mechanics can sometimes be a bit too simplistic.

However, I'm giving this game a solid recommendation based not only on atmosphere and some inspired mechanics, but also on Shadowshifters (the folks who made the game in case you didn't notice). They have been very active on the Steam forum for the game and have been very receptive and open to the community. I've reported a few bugs that were fixed within days. You are going to be very hard pressed to find that kind of open ear or dedication in any game company, big or small. Don't forget that this game only came out of early release status about a month and a half prior to writing this, so rough edges are still being smoothed and they're still expanding on the game and fleshing out further details. Some people have complained of low-quality textures and some rough sound effects. I thought so too when I first got this game, but before I even got through it I would fire it up and notice that I must've grabbed a patch, because they were steadily getting fixed. Better textures, better sound, bugfixes, adjustments to mechanics, and more have been pouring in for some time now and it doens't look like they'll stop while there are things left to do. The surprising rate at which they've been fixing bits and pieces (and hinted at some further expansion of the game overall) along with enthusiastic community interaction gives me great hope for Shadowshifters and the games they can make in the future. As such, I solidly recommend The Huntsman. It's good for some crawling skin and there's a great deal of further promise in the game and in the company who made it.

Snag this game, turn out the lights, and have some fun. You might find yourself stopping any noisy, ticking clocks nearby when you're through for the night.
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
One of the most original survival horror games I have played in a while. Worth every penny. Any friends who love survival horror, this is the kind of game we need to be supporting.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2013
Very interesting idea and the designer (an indy group) is very accurate with their "more story than gory" description of this game. Zip - zero - nada blood & guts style "horror". There is no violence in it but there is tense suspense as the huntsman wanders around, you can hear him.

It is the story of an abandoned orphanage that became so due to the disappearance of many children over a hundred years ago. You are a paranormal type investigator checking out the stories in the place as wander through the abandoned building and the grounds - which include a maze where the empty graves of the missing orphans are set.

Going through it, I found more than 2 hours of voice acting and the stories of the 17 characters (12 children and the 5 staff who worked in the place) and all the stories are interesting in their own way.

Lots of listening in this to learn the details of the stores as you hunt around for the pieces to free the trapped orphan souls.
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34 of 62 people (55%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 31, 2013
I am recommending this game if only for the fact that I provided the voice for one of the characters in it.
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21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I thought this game would be scary. Turns out its really not. At first the atmosphere is a little creepy, but theres not much to interact with. Finding the first key to get to the maze was a huge pain. I searched every room in the orphanage and I still didn't find it, I had to look up the location of it online. The Huntsman is a windup-Spider-Puppet-Guy, who is really not very scary at all. If he is in the house, he usually doesn't move from one spot. You can always tell where he is because of the clicking noise, so it's easy to avoid him. He moves very slowly and He basically doesn't attack you or run at you. When you are too close to him for too long your screen just starts fading to black. So you lose if you stand next to him for like 15 seconds. The reason I don't find it scary is because he doesn't seem very aggressive towards you. He doesn't attack you or anything, I never feel threatened when playing the game like I do when I play other scary games. The developers said that they made it this way because they wanted a different, less violent approach than most games, but I think that was just an excuse so they didn't need to put anymore work into making the AI smarter. Overall, the graphics are pretty bad, you can't interact with much, and the game is not very scary. Definitely, not worth $15, I'd say even $5 would be stretching it.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Pros: Good atmosphere, very interesting back stories for the orphanage children and staff (it could make for an interesting short film!).

Cons: A little bit buggy. Picked up items have a tendency to randomly fall from your hand, for no discernible reason. The hunstman is hardly frightening (although the spooky atmosphere is pretty effective aside from that.)

Weird things: The phone is clunky. Flashlight strength on it varies, and I'm not sure if that's deliberate, or just a weird -thing- that it does for no particular reason.

Overall, I'd recommend the game if you want something mildly spooky without any really big scares, are interested in character stories, and want to kill a few hours. It's not fantastic, but it's a decent concept. Plenty of room for improvement upon the idea. If you're looking for something with seriously terrifying scares, this isn't going to have them. If you're pleasantly spooked by wandering around a mostly dark and abandoned region, with no idea what's coming, this is the game for you.
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