Thrills abound as the ghost-hunters from the hit TV show “Paranormal State” race to solve a terrifying Civil War haunting!
User reviews: Mixed (74 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 26, 2013

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About This Game

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!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    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
    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
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Picked this game up in a bundle and didn't realize it was a hidden object game til I played it. Honestly, this game was bad even for a hidden object game. They tried really hard to make the characters photorealistic, but then they added touches like blinking. Because there's no character motion but the blink, the effect makes it land squarely in the uncanny valley and really wigged me out. Maybe this game would be fun if you're a fan of the show *and* you really like hidden object games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I don't usually like hidden object games, because the gameplay tends to be really shallow, but this effort wasn't too bad. Now whilst I may not be particularly savvy when it comes this particular subset of puzzle genre, it seems to offer slightly more in the gameplay department than others I've played due mainly to puzzles working on a multi-tiered basis; moving items will reveal a previously inaccessible item behind it for instance.

This version comes with quite a few extras like wallpapers, artwork, team profiles, achievements and a trailer, though the biggest bonus is in the extra adventure game you may access after having completed the main quest.

Not too bad then.

My video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hz_mv9aP1M
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Solid mix of HiddenObject and adventure game elements. Story is a rather cliche ghost story and nothing special, but the environments are well done and unlike most other HOGs you aren't soloing through the story, but have a gang of other paranormal investigators around, which gives it a bit of a unique feel.

Only real problem I had with the game was the ending, which came in the form of a three second cutscene and felt just way to short. Even the epilogue bonus content suffered from the same problem.

Never seen or even heard of the TV show it's based on.

I did ran into a dead-end/perma-crash issue early in the game, but a restart fixed that and I didn't have any other problems.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
HOG (hidden object games) are great for older people that seek interesting stories without the necessity to get into complicated controls or time pressure. I know my parents would love this. Maybe yours would too?

For any serious /experienced player however these titles will always maintain the reputation of a joke. While I'm both I didn't exactly dislike playing through this but some of the scenes and minigames were annoying or downright ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ to figure out (e. g. a fork hidden in a tuba).

Sadly I could write this for pretty much every HOG out there: hardly any gameplay, not enough motion, silly and frustrating mini games. Memory isn't exactly state of the art anymore... but that's just what this genre has to offer.

Unless you are a die-hard hidden objects fanatic and love the TV show, stay away. I mainly played this for cards and achievements.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Game crashes in offline mode and refuse to let you play unless they track you.

Loads into locked up scene, with a handle thats been pulled off. Can't back away, can't continue forward unless I wipe the save data and start over.

Got this game for my wife, I have about 20 other hidden image games, this is the only one that she has had any issue with.

Could be a Windows 8 issue but all the others work, so...
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Paranormal State: Poison Spring is one of those games where it's difficult to fairly rate it when you're only presented with the options of thumbs up or thumbs down as a final verdict. On the one hand it's a nice enough casual point and click/hidden object game with an OK plot (nothing spectacular but OK) and I enjoyed playing it. On the other hand there is a pretty major issue present though: due to a game breaking bug I was forced to restart my experience with the game from scratch (the game's autosave system prevented me from just reverting to an older save). I enjoyed the game, but can I honestly say I would recommend a game I knew had at least one game breaking bug in it? That's what's so tricky with Steam's system.

The bug in question occurred in the Excavation Pit section of the game which involves using a tool called the EMF reader. There are prior times in the game where the same tool is used and I completed these without issue. However on this one upon what should have been completion of the puzzle nothing happened. Neither does the game's skip feature that you can use if a puzzle is giving you trouble actually work in this case, ending any and all further progress in the game.

I was very tempted to stop and uninstall there as I'm sure you can understand, but fortunately this is the type of game that can be done much faster once you know what you have to do for each scene, so I was quickly able to redo my lost progress and I was intrigued enough by the plot to what to do how it ended. Fortunately the bug did not happen a second time and I was able to complete the game without any further hitches. It is a good game if you enjoy casual titles but given that I only have two options to score this I can't honestly say I'd recommend someone something I knew had a game breaker in it.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Casual level of difficulty for the Hidden Object Puzzles, but also a good story for Veteran Mystery game fans meaning you can be 93.14% sure you will enjoy this game. Lots of different puzzles to keep things interesting. This game is based on an A&E show, players are a member of a college club called the Paranormal Research Society, or as the cool kids say PRS. In Poison Spring all kinds of creepy stuff happen, and the game is even scary as well at parts! One of the characters Ryan Buell just looks creepy, the characters in cinematics look expressionless which also makes it eerie. Dont let steelhands get away with his master plan to decieve this group of pesky kids, they are supposed to be in college but they all look way to old and one of them looks 90 so not sure what that is about.

Feels pretty short, after beating the game is a bonus game where you return to the dreaded Poison Spring to solve yet another mystery. The puzzles are very well put together, the hidden object parts really fit and dont look like a garage sale vomited stuff all over, each part has a sound, or most do making it feel in depth. Be careful behind some objects are ghosts! Lots of those weird ghost hunting gadgets from the audio device to the camera and a digital signature thing is in the game making you feel all x filey.

Here is a link for history buffs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Poison_Spring

*If game is blinking, right click the exe and set it to disable DPI scaling... Problem solved :D
Turn out the lights, use only a candle while playing for maximum chills and thrills!
Rating: 10/10 Value: $7.99
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This game is not just a HOG (hidden object game), it also has the elements of a point and click adventure. This is my first time playing a HOG that is both a HOG and a Point and Click adventure game, and let me tell you, it is a lot of fun. When I played other HOGs I got bored of doing nothing but hidden object scenes non-stop, and I often would not even finish the game. This game, I see myself finishing and maybe even coming back to play again a 2nd time. The game is that much fun and it is never boring. In between doing hidden objects, you got plenty of mini-games and puzzles to solve. I highly recommend that nobody who plays this game, use the skip button on any mini-game. The fun of this game is solving the mini-games and puzzles. If you skip them, then you are losing out on a lot of the fun.

One of the things that makes this game great is that the hidden object scenes "fit". In other HOG games, the hidden object scenes would not fit. Like a cemetery scene that was so cluttered that it didn't even look like a real cemetery. In this game, every hidden object scene feels like it is part of the world. I would say the scenes fit into the world about 95% of the way in this game, and that is pretty good. Every HOG game has a lot of hidden objects that don't belong in a certain place, so no scene will fit 100% but fitting about 95% is pretty good.

One of the things that makes this game both unique and great, is that there are interactive objects in the hidden object scenes. For example, you may have to cut something open. So you first need to find the right item that is able to cut the thing open, and then you need to do it. I ran into some interesting interactive objects during my time playing so far, such as the spider web. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I won't say anymore about the spider web. But I will say, it makes this a unique game in having these interactive objects. Having them in the game also makes it more interesting and fun.

Another thing that makes this game great, is you feel motivated to continue playing the game until you finish it. Other HOG games, I got bored with, but not with this game. This game, I feel motivated to play. I just started playing the game today, and I played for almost 3 hours in one day. I will finish the game in the next few days. What keeps me motivated is that every time you finish a hidden object scene, you get rewarded with an object that you can use in the point and click adventure part of the game. Also as I said earlier in the review, it is not nothing but hidden object scenes, so you have variety in this game. The variety keeps me interested and motivated. I plan to solve every mini-game and puzzle in the game, without using a walkthrough. Even if that means taking a little longer then other people to finish the game. I will get more fun out of the game that way.

I highly recommend this game for people who enjoy HOGs, especially if you like a HOG with point and click adventure elements in it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Oh, I so wish there was a "meh" button. I don't really recommend or not recommend it... read below why if you wish.

Yet another hidden object game... one with seemingly slightly higher production values than some (that's not saying much). Carrying a paranormal documentary series license, it features real people digitized... horribly. The backgrounds are generally well done, the hidden object scenes aren't an eyesore (most of the time). So that's a plus. Some effort was put into the surroundings, some details etc., and it can look really good here & there, but the story that, while it contains an somewhat interesting background, degenerates into nonsense every time in every other dialogue.

Voice acting is... well... ok I guess - hit & miss. Scary? Nah, maybe one "boo" moment when it shouldn't happen and that's it, with some attempts being laughable.

It packs some meat for the genre, what with 5 hours (305 minutes, including menu time & dunno, watching credits) it took me to finish both the main game and the Collector's Edition mission, and it doesn't exactly turn you away with the story, but there will be groans.

The puzzles are oversimplified and nothing new to the genre - there's maybe one that requires you to actually think about what you're doing for a second - and those incapable of getting it (how?!) can just skip it. Go them. In most of them, the only variety you see is graphical. They actually advertise this as "fast-paced" - which basically translates to easy to solve.

Ah, dunno, it has big pluses for the genre - most aspects of it aren't half-♥♥♥♥♥ for example (though not all), and you can see actual care put into it here & there, but it's far, faaar from perfect. If you're a lover of the genre (hm) and can grab it on sale/in a bundle, get it. For 10$ normal price, it's a No.

PS. The Collector's Edition episode is extremely short, silly & simplistic.
PPS. Shaving the beaver (oh you'll see) made me facedesk. Seriously?
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I really enjoyed this game. It is a hidden object game with creepy theme. Kinda easy but addictive. It take about 7 hours to beat it fully with the special chapter.

Un juego bastante entretenido en el cual debes buscar objetos ocultos, realizar algunos puzzles, etc, para poder avanzar en la historia. No es un super juego pero al menos yo lo disfruté. No me quedé atascado en ningún puzzle por lo cual lo considero facilito, pero a la vez me resultó bastante adictivo. 7 horas tardé en pasármelo, incluyendo el capítulo extra.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I got this game off a bundle, and if you did, too, you might want to actually play it.

The game is mostly a collection of puzzles, many of the "hidden object" type (some objects in the scenes require actions to uncover them), some are logical, and some are adventure-style inventory puzzles. You can skip every one if you want, or get a hint on the hidden object ones, and there are 3 levels of hinting that you can set as the game difficulty. Also, in this edition the journal contains a complete "strategy guide" which is a step-by-step walkthrough. The collection is held together by a story taking place on a number of pre-drawn screens (with next to no animation) and competent voice-acting. The story and gameplay is mostly linear, and you can check the map to see where you need to be to progress. You'll be traveling back and forth a lot as new puzzles might be unlocked for you later. There is a short bonus chapter tacked on that is interesting not so much for its three puzzles, but rather for another take on the same scenes you saw in the main game.

I found it a diverse collection of puzzles married to a casual adventure; granted, it's not exceptional, but for its budget, it is well executed, and if you don't skip too often, should keep you pleasantly occupied for a few hours.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Not going to lie - this is not exactly the second coming of Baldur's Gate - but for what it is - a cheesy as anything puzzle game distraction for a few hours it didn't outstay it's welcome - the puzzles were never frustrating and the thing didn't crash or bug out at any point. Oddly enjoyable experience to be honest.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game is click and point nothing else
its not scary at all, i whould recommend this game to people who like adventure games and only using mouse since 2 lazy for keyboard.i have enjoyed playing it

btw great song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
This game is beyond a joke. It sets the whole gaming industry back 30 years.It's terrible story is only confounded by awful, dated game play that only the severely blind would find remotely challenging.
I wrote at length about the evils this non-game has to offer here http://thenerdingtonpost.com/paranormal-statepoison-spring-review/ but for those looking for a shorter review.....
The evil representation of Ryan in this game somehow managed to hypnotize me into playing it for over 6 hours.I would have preferred to be Ruffied, at least it'd be an experience I'd vaguely remember at best. Unfortunately for me I remember every thing.
I got this game for free but some how I still manage to feel ripped off.There's a ♥♥♥♥ling feeling at the back of my soul, that I may have still paid a spiritual price for playing this poor excuse for a "game". I'm sure when I go to Hell, Satan will greet me with open arms and I'll spend eternity with him playing his favorite game, Paranormal State: Poison Springs.
So,don't end up like me.Avoid this game....even if you get it for free.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Paranormal State: Poison Spring is a paranormal point & click game with lots of hidden object minigames and puzzles. The game takes around 3-4 hours to beat and it has no replayability at all.

I'm really on the edge between a positive or a negative experience with this game. The graphics are very good but the animations and soundtracks are meh. The story had it's good moments but... In the end it's not really satisfying. Some of the puzzles made no sense or were just plain annoying, but I really enjoyed some of them. Also the jump scares were pretty lame.

I've only came across one bug while playing the game and i'm not even sure it was a bug... After getting a certain item I couldn't find what to next so I used the Hint button and it just wouldn't work. Other than that, the game had no other bugs.

It isn't a bad game... But $10 for a 3-4 hour long game that doesn't leave me really satisfied is not something i will recommend to my friends. I'm pretty sure there's a good number of superior point & click games on Steam that you should buy before this one; Though, if you ever see this game on sale or you are interested in playing it, don't feel bad for buying it, it's still a good game.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
A russian and a ♥♥♥♥♥♥y looking guy fight paranormal crime with some fat chicks like some sort of Xfiles Scooby Doo with two Velmas and no Daphne. Click click click - find the hidden object. I totally beat the demon though.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
No I don't recommend it.
It's just so extremely REGULAR*. P&C adventure games (including here the HOG little cousins) should be mostly about the interesting story and engaging interaction which furthers that story. What we have here is regular effort to make a bog standard HOGame. Regular plot, regular obligatory jump-scares, regular "twists", regular puzzles. I mean how many more 100s of times do we have to fill up the electric generator with fuel to turn the lights on to procede a screen further?!
I got the game as part of a mystery bundle and since I like the HOG genre and am currently stuck with entry-level laptop, I gave it a try, but otherwise I don't think I'd have patience enough for all it's procedural nonsense. Yet again every door is (in)conveniently locked, every handle is either missing or stuck, every opening mechanism an unconventionally complex and poorly explained puzzle.
Now I'm not american, so I was mildly aware there existed some mildly popular reality thing about ghosts and have became aware that this was an official tie-in game for an actual show solely from other reviews here on Steam. Since I believe everything paranormal is 99.9999999999999 times just a bling-bling entertainment and most of the phaenomena are just NOT-explained, rather than UN-explainable (and that other minuscule rest no one can possibly claim true or false anyways), I can only comment that character portraits in the game are... strangely drawn, are overtly stiff and the little animations look cheap and not very proffessional. Same goes for voice acting, though, again, I don't have a slightest clue if that are real original actors/TV personalities, or just some look... well.. sound-alikes.
Simply put, there are far more well made HOG-adventure hybrids. Some even on Steam. You should play those.

*I'm not actually shouting, it's just Steam doesn't give us italics option...
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7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I always loved point & click adv. games and latey really getting into the point & click hidden object ones aswell. All in all I enjoyed this game it was a great game for the weekend! :)
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9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
BEST GHOST HUNTING SIM ON NEWGROUNDS 9/10 1/5

In all seriousness, PS:PS is competently made, and probably one of the better games of its genre. That's not saying a whole lot, though.
My friends and I did a Let's Play/Riff of this game. Check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeNJoGEUg7o
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