as much as I would have loved to talked positively about this game, since it does have good points and a cool concept, I can't look pass the flaws.
this is indeed a game of the older era and it can be seen by some of its charm like the cheesy acting by FMV actors and kinda crappy graphics. but alot of the flaws are NOT solely by the fact that it is a older game:
I liked the story even though it was obious as all hell who the villain is and what his plans and methods are. and when the game then begins, the problems start coming in like an avalanche. the most repetitive problem is a combination of one-liners and how often they activate with the same puzzle: two of the puzzles litteraly triggered the same one-liner for every single action I made in that puzzle. the second great problem with the game is the puzzles; don't get me wrong, there are good puzzles in the game, but for every good puzzle that there is, there is a boring one, one which is pretty hard to sole without a walkthrough or a mensa degree and one that is hard to solve due to the hit boxes. so for every one good puzzle that there is, there are three that makes you feel like you are in purgatory, which by the way SPOILERS: YOU KINDA ARE!!!!!!
but the gameplay isn't just ruined by most of the puzzles: the sequences where you move around the mansion combined with the occasionally meaningless cutscenes that can trigger at any moment, like the one of the white lady, makes its a tedious waste of time. if you are not trying to solve the puzzles, you are in a first-person point and click game, but they can still be intertaining if there are things to interact with, which is in general lacking or just not all that well spread out around the mansion.
But for all of the negatives that I have given so far, I would like to give the actors some credit, because they are actually trying to entertain us when the FMV actors start popping in. but what they are given are not really good and even though they act somewhat hammy, it is like they are just going halfway, which ends up giving mixed results, where I don't know if I should appreasiate their acting as characters or be entertained by there cheesiness.
but the last thing for this,is the fact that this is a point-and-click puzzle HORROR game. and during the entire game, you keep seeing things that could even make a kindergartener say that somehting is wrong. now that can be okay, if it wasn't because it was shown through the use of CGI effects. and here again I will be toughing on the fact that it is an older game, because it is exactly like the remake of the Haunting: the psychological horror and every great element that makes terror writing is replaced by a CGI effect that litteraly looks like crap. there are indeed giving alot of options in the game for short horror events, but I only found two moments where I was legitemately afraid: the mirror of rejuvenation and the labyranth, where the latter unfortunately still was plagued by the repetive one-liners that in the end make me feel more like killing myself rather than feeling afraid. but the music in the labyranth together with the lighting was what made the labyranth scary for me.
if you can look past or just don't see the flawed puzzles, cheesy acting, CGI replacing horror elements, the one-liners and the obvious plot like I had experienced, you might like enjoy this.
but if you get annoyed by the same things as I have listed here, I would say: avoid this game. there are better both point-and-click and horror games out there. this certainly haven't aged well at all.