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Thrills abound as the ghost-hunters from the hit TV show “Paranormal State” race to solve a terrifying Civil War haunting!
Veröffentlichung: 26. Nov. 2013
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Über das Spiel

The Paranormal Research team from the hit A&E TV show "Paranormal State" is called in to investigate a terrifying supernatural event at Poison Spring State Park, historical site to a grisly Civil War battle. Join the team as their newest member, solve this ghostly case, and reunite two wayward spirits in this eerie Adventure game!

  • Scour over 40 locations and 20+ Hidden Object scenes of hauntingly beautiful Poison Spring State Park!
  • Enjoy detailed, hand-painted artwork, full voice-acting, and a story inspired by true events!
  • Detect spiritual occurrences with special gadgets, such as the EMF Meter, the Thermal Cam, and more!
  • Solve 30 spooky puzzles and save the state park in Paranormal State: Poison Spring!

Systemvoraussetzungen (PC)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 786 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 786 MB available space

Systemvoraussetzungen (Mac)

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 (Lion)
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 786 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 786 MB available space

Systemvoraussetzungen (Linux)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12+
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2+ or compatible graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 786 MB available space
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5.0 Std. insgesamt
"The scariest bit was his face"

My attention was brought to this game while it was still trying to get through Steam Greenlight and was offering free keys to users willing to vote. Now the game is up, and while me and many other users are still awaiting the promised keys, this game appeared in a bundle, so I've picked it up there so I can play and review the game for all those who are still waiting.

Story
As someone who doesn't watch television, my knowledge of this was minimal until I looked it up for my review. The knowledge that the series was supposed to be reality TV just makes this so much worse. Anyway, this game has the team, along with you, a new guy who doesn't receive a name, go to see someone about some recently strangeness at the site of a Civil War battle. This really was a weak point of the game, and given I know now of the 'reality TV' series, I can only face palm at the thought that it would be so poor as well.

Presentation
Expressionless faces and emotionless voices. This was so bad. The characters from the TV show have some poor caricatures, most of which don't closely match the original characters. Still, they aren't so bad you couldn't match them to a photo. The fact that the faces are never changing, no matter the current events, well, that is less forgivable. The main character just has a creepy stare that never changes through the game, and the rest aren't much better. I've been informed that the voice acting isn't from the original actors either, which doesn't bother me as I've never watched it, but the poor quality of it certainly does. Little emotion to it, and bad all round.

At least once you ignore the characters, the rest is at the expected level of quality for a hidden objects games. Items are clear, but don't stand out, which is what you would want from the genre. Nothing special to mention, but no more complaints from this section.

Controls
Purely point and click with the mouse. The only problem here was picking up an item to use on the same screen, as where you would expect the pointer to be isn't always correct, resulting in trying to guess the correct positioning to continue on.

Gameplay
With a hidden object game, there isn't a lot to the gameplay. A number of rooms to look through, finding hidden object puzzles, logic puzzles and items for solving the logic puzzles. In two of these, the game is fine. Hidden object puzzles went as expected, even if it doesn't bring anything special to the table. Locating items for the other puzzles is also simple enough.

The logic puzzles, here there are some more problems to add to the list of flaws. Some of these are quite alright, while some of them seem to have no logic to them, just attempting everything until it works. One early puzzle was to get the electricity working by replacing fuses. You have several empty slots and several coloured fuses. The slots weren't marked in any way that I could see, you just tried each fuse until a small light lit up, then moved to the next. That isn't any sort of puzzle, just random guessing. If there was a logical solution, it wasn't visible to me. There were several others handled just as poorly.

Lifespan
This game is quite short, being under 5 hours to beat both the original campaign and the bonus content unlocked after that, though that is an acceptable length for the genre. There are also 20 achievements, but most if not all will be unlocked the first time around. There are some difficulty settings but this only effects what level of hints you will receive during the game, something I never used myself. Chances are you won't bother with this game once you have completed it the first time.

Closing
Overall, this game really isn't worth a purchase, at least not at the asking price. There are many better games available capable of testing both your eyes and your mind, without inflicting the problems mentioned.

4 / 10
Verfasst: 27. April
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19.8 Std. insgesamt
TBH, I used to watch this TV show for amusement... the 22 minute per episode format was always edited so that each episode fit as many of the "token things associated with the paranormal" as it could into that small timeframe. There were spiritboards, cemetaries under the properties, demonic possessions, EVPs, thermal readings, exorcisms, etc. Everything that one associates with the paranormal from mythology to spirtuality to gadgetry... all crammed into each 22 minute episode.

This game is a lot like that... it's somewhat short (much longer than 22 minutes) and you will experience all of the typical stuff you associate with paranormal research and especially with the show Paranormal State.

SPOILERS:





At the center is Native American lore, wrapped around the story of ghosts of forbidden lovers, in the midst of a demonic possession (see, I told you this title was like the TV show with a bunch of stuff packed in)... and you can just use your imagination to go from there... you will use dowsing rods, spirit boards, EVP recorders, thermal imaging... all of it... to save the day for the Paranormal State crew.

It's mildly entertaining, but don't expect much unless you find amusement of whatever sort in the TV show.

Complaint: No Chip Coffey in the game.
Highlight: Upon game launch, Ryan Buells eyes blinking creepily at you.
Verfasst: 12. April
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7.5 Std. insgesamt
Well it is not bad, in that I completed it and didn't feel ripped off, there weren't any technical issues. However there are many other similar and better games on Steam that I wouldn't recommend this one unless you are starting to exhaust Steam's catalogue of hidden object games.

It is not scary, there are a couple of jump scares but they don't really affect the scariness of the game. However I did feel uncomfortable playing this game for the following reasons.

The art work in general is very good. However the character animation during dialogue is really uncanny as it is just large blinking eyes and in the group scene at the beginning strange head tilts.

The characters motivation is a bit off, you play as the newest member of the paranormal investigation group, but you are given all of the equipment during the game and sent off to do almost all of the work, so you end up wanting to tell the other members of the team to get up of their backsides and do something. I would understand if you were split from the group or there was some story dynamic to make you do it, but there isn’t. An early example is that you have to answer the phone in the back of the car on the way there, even though you are in the front passenger seat and there are four people in the back who are nearer the phone, and are more likely to know the person on the other end. Assembling an electrical item with the technical expert next to you, because he cannot be bothered? It gets worse.

Hidden Object Scenes, not too difficult to implement you would think, but these are the most annoying I have ever played. Using synonyms is ok, half hiding objects are ok, but most of the scenes have objects which require multiple actions to find. Which is fine but there are a lot of them. I should mention that the hidden objects appear to be the same in subsequent play throughs. Normally I would expect a scene to have 12-15 hidden objects selected out of database of a greater number of possible objects, sometimes they always include a particular object needed to advance the plot, but there is usually some variation, in this game there isn't any. This is made worse because even when you know two objects work together clicking on one with the other is difficult due to the detection of the game engine, if often doesn’t detect the click unless you click a certain part of the object but this seems to vary, and not in a predictable or intelligent way.

The first hidden object scene contains 4 objects out of 12 which require multiple actions; the highest appears to be 6 out of 12. Some of the solutions are nonsensical. It is almost as bad as the famous puzzle in one of the Gabriel Knight games that requires you to place tape over a hole in a fence to chase a cat through, such that hair is stuck to the tape, which you then use to make a fake moustache to disguise yourself as a character that doesn’t have a moustache.

This followed through into the other puzzles, melt that substance with a melting point over 1000 degrees C on a campfire ok. Go to great lengths to get a source of light, even though there is an electric work light only feet away etc.

Gameplay aside I felt uncomfortable playing the game for three main reasons.

1) The game requires you to vandalise and steal items during you investigation at times when there is no urgency. If the game required me to steal a first aid kit to help someone who was dying, I would say fair enough, or break a car window to retrieve a phone to call for the police, well they can just bill me for the window.

However the game requires me to steal and cause damage at times in the game when as far as the group is concerned, no one is in immediate danger, or the only reason to break the law is for the benefit of our investigation. Randomly destroy and damage Native American artefacts for no reason because later on you will just happen to need them, take whatever you want even though the owners are not far away, because well who cares.

2) Health and safety, running into a burning building to rescue someone, dangerous but necessary. But don't worry; you won’t be doing anything like that.

Instead:

Instead thrill in the danger of lighting candles so you can see to fill a gas tank, because someone cannot be bothered to go back to the car and get a torch.

Damage a building water supply and leave it leaking in a room with the electricity switch on, to clean a mirror to see something in the reflection which you would see by just turning around.

3) Native Americans, I don't know much about Native American culture, however it is featured and plays a prominent part of the game. But it all seems very stereotypical, dream catchers - check, Indians wearing fringed buckskin - check, big head dresses - check, totem poles - check. Everything from old cowboy films before laws were brought in to stop white people in makeup playing Native Americans - check. I doubt that all of the Native American symbolism used is genuine, and even with the genuine items, I doubt that any one nation included all of these elements. It would have been less of a problem in a more fantastic setting, but the associated TV show is delivered as a documentary, and the game is set in a real world setting. It made me cringe and I am a white Englishman, so I expect it would really upset actual Native Americans. I just felt that it was all a bit racist, and apart from holding my hand up and saying "How", it couldn't have gotten anymore unpleasant.

So I would in closing say, the game is not terrible, but almost all of the hidden object games on Steam are better. It is really only for fans of the TV show. Go play something by Artifex Mundi (Developed not just distributed by.) and you will have a better experience for a bit less money.
Verfasst: 30. August
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7 Reviews
5.1 Std. insgesamt
I'm gonna be completely honest here, I hated this game, and this is coming from someone who enjoys hidden object games quite a bit. This review will be based on the game's merits regardless of the fact that I received it free, as I think that would be unfair to anyone looking to purchase it.

Let me first state that I am not a fan of the premise...at...all. I've never watched the show, but even so, the whole paranormal investigator thing is so hokey and contrived that it right off the bat turned me off. Despite the story, I was willing to give the game a chance focusing on the gameplay; it's not as if HOGs have the greatest narratives in gaming anyway, and it's usually the artwork, atmosphere and gameplay that keeps me entertained.

In all honesty, the artwork is pretty decent, at least the non-character graphics. They're pretty much par for the course in the genre and are pleasant enough to look at. The character models though, boy...again, I haven't watched the show, but I found the characters' emotionless stares far more creepy than anything the ghosts toss at you. And the somewhat monotone voice acting doesn't help them either.

The gameplay in the adventure portions was average, nothing I haven't seen before. The puzzles were OK, again, nothing I haven't seen before, but mildly stimulating all the same. The hidden object scenes, though, I grit my teeth even thinking about them. It's kind of hard to mess these up, but they managed to do it here. For one, there are way too many multi-action items; 2-3 per scene is usually pretty good, but later in the game nearly half of the items in each scene require 2-3 steps to clear. Ok, no big deal...but some of the actions are so illogical, I don't know how they expected people to figure them out without either clicking on everything like crazy or taking the easy route and using the help button, which I usually avoid at all costs but used more times than I can count because I just didn't have to patience for this game. Other items were what I would consider deceptively hidden, which is something I will always criticize as an artificial means of adding difficulty. The best hidden object scenes utilize clever synonyms and unique word usage to add difficulty as well as help improve vocabulary, but that's rarely the case here. And I haven't even mentioned the buggy cursor that wouldn't select/pick up certain items without clicking 20+ times trying to find the right pixel to trigger...

Bottom line, the gameplay was not enough to make up for the stinker of a premise/story. Folks, there are a LOT better hidden object games out there to spend your money on. I would advise avoiding this one unless you're a rabid fan of the TV show and need a fix or end up getting it in a bundle.
Verfasst: 14. Mai
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6.2 Std. insgesamt
Paranormal State Poison Spring is a hidden object game about a paranormal case, mixed with some point-and-clicking. It isn't scary; it's meant to be played as a casual game. And by now we've played hundreds of these games already, right ? So... the big question: does this bring anything new to the table ? I'm sorry to say that the answer is no.

If you want to play something scary try a true survival horror game and if you want something casual try one or more of the hundreds and hundreds of titles already available. New ones get added on a weekly basis these days.

Still, not bad. But not unique either.

[Rating; 72/100]
Verfasst: 4. Mai
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