This game is actually very, very smart. Unfortunately, I am quite, quite dumb, and don't know why I even attempt these point-and-click adventures (perhaps the existance of rare ones that I can actually get my stupid head around, like Sam Peters).
But unlike, say, Scratches, which is essentially a poorly-designed imitation of this, I can recognise and appreciate that the puzzles in this are by-and-largely quite sensible and clever, I just honestly COULD NOT BE BUGGERED investing the many hours of my life it will take to complete this without constant reference to a walkthrough. In other words, I'm happy to concede that in this instance it's not the GAME...it's ME. Sigh. The adventure games I "grew up" with were more of the early Resident Evil / Silent Hill-ish ilk - that is to say, more "action-adventure"-ish games - and I believe the more sporadic and generally EASIER nature of the puzzle-solving in such games may have stunted my intellectual growth. Oh well. Another failure in life that I will have to tuck under my well-weathered belt...
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this, however, to those of you out there who can rise to this kind of challenge. It's atmospheric, ever-so-slightly scary and as I said, very smart. The sound design in particular is very impressive, with spooky noises aplenty and voice acting well above par for a video game from any era, not least of all the one that this is from. It's a quality product, no doubt about it. Just depends on your cup of tea, and the head that you're pouring it into.
Posted: December 21st, 2013