I have a very mixed opinion about the game.Graphics:
The locations and characters are beautifully painted. The 3D animated scenes are pretty good for this genre, albeit a bit simplistic. Unfortunately the HO scenes are a lot lower quality than the rest of the game. I liked that there are quite many locations in the game.Sounds:
Excellent! Some places are really freaky because of the sound effects. Loved it.Music:
Fitting for the genre, nothing specialUI:
Quite user-friendly. The map is very modern and useful (though I guess old-school players would be annoyed by it, because it shows which places have available actions and players can even teleport with it.) The only minor annoyance I had is while all other pop-up/zoom-in windows close if you click out of the window, to close the board game you have to click on its icon again. Seems inconsistent.Puzzles/HO scenes:
The puzzles were mostly quite easy, which I liked, but one of my main problem with the game is that the instructions were often vague and in a couple of cases incorrect. (= It told me to solve puzzle in a different way than what later turned out to be the actual solution. Minor but important errors in wording.) Also the HO scenes are very junkpile-ish with many unrelated items (and what is a takeaway food box doing in an at least 100 years ago abandoned place?) and the scenes sometimes had wrong names for objects, like calling garlic onion and such.Story:
kinda BS, the whole thing is just one boring and overcomplicated deus-ex machina, with very 1 dimensional characters (perhaps the only exception is the cook). Also the game seems somewhat racist to me, with 3 token minority characters, all based on racial & gendered stereotypes. Plus one HO scene mixed Native American and Japanese elements, which seemed quite culturally appropriative.Overall:
I don't know if I would recommend it, I'm really on the fence, but I picked recommend because for me it was still worth my time, even if just barely. If beautiful graphics and very good sound design make a game worth for you then go for it, but if the quality of the plot or the HO scenes are important to you or you are bothered by racist and sexist stereotypes then avoid it.