I must admit, I was very reluctant about buying this game. The screenshots from the store page and the negative comments have always put me off and every time there was a sale, I let the opportunity pass by. Turns out that I was wrong in doing so. This is a decent HOG, inclining towards quite a good game. It's not the greatest out there, but it exceeded by far my expectations.
The story is set in a mental hospital called White Haven Mysteries. The main character wakes up in an abandoned building, only to find that she’s been drugged and cannot remember who she is. She needs to find the antidote to her illness as soon as possible, and all of this while a mysterious man taunts her with his experiments. She must figure out who and where she is. This is one of the common themes among horror games, but the story itself is not a scary one, though spooky enough to give you a couple of jump scares and a gentle thrill. There are interesting and unpredictable twists, meant to keep you absorbed throughout the whole gameplay. The ending ruins it a bit though - it is very abrupt and vague, letting you wonder what the meaning of the whole story was.
The scenes are beautifully drawn and the designers chose to lighten the dark setting with cheerful elements: vividly colored flowers, white snow, gardens with green trees and joyful pumpkins. The ability to maintain a scary atmosphere while creating scenes that are both dark and radiant at the same time is what gives this game’s art a distinctive feature.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=433493747
The ambience is even more emphasized by the spooky sounds and the scary little girl that happens to cross your path several times, singing “Ring Around The Rosy” in a creepy tone.
A downside of this game was in my opinion the difficulty of the puzzles – they were quite easy to solve and none provided a real challenge. However, a couple of the hidden object scenes reminded me about the early days of the HOG games, where all the items were arranged in a certain shape - I found those quite fun:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=433493710
The game comes with a major flaw: for many people, exiting the game deletes the save files and the developers are not putting effort into fixing this issue. I quit the game several times and I didn’t get the error, but I did encounter this issue after I finished one full playthrough.
Unfortunately, the version found on Steam does not contain the extra chapter of the Collector’s Edition, so the gameplay is rather short: 2-3 hours on average. I feel that the asking price is a bit too high for what the game offers, so I’d recommend picking it up during one of its many sales.