It's a haunted house simulator. What do you REALLY want? Are you looking for some grand masterpiece? This isn't it. It's just something to egg yourself on with because you refuse to be beaten by a virtual spooky house.
While realizing the statues and busts are most certainly looking at you and nosily watching your every movement, but reset their positions the moment you set your eyes on them, I finally spazzed out and took my frustration out on a cherub. "(EXPLECTIVE)ing BABY ANGELS!"
That adorable little kitty statue you might think is the only precious thing in this game? No they'll take that away from you. Yes that's a ghost girl doing a little Sheldon Cooper outside your door. Knock knock knock, MAIN CHARACTER. Knock knock knock, MAIN CHARACTER. See you in hell, Sheldon!
Birds that rustle around and make unsettling noises when you explore outside? Thanks. I already have a fear from Hitchcock but this just brings it all rushing back. Creepy toys around the house, some of which with an impact upon the plot? We got that. A scarecrow in the uncanny valley territory? Mmhm, yeah we got that. Blood! Tasteful, but gracious when needed! Yeah, we've got it!
Pretty much any haunted house trope you can think of was put into a blender, had a curse to chill it with, and then served as some Boo! Smoothie.
Your scare factor may vary. While this game boasts being able to find out and track (more like punishes through your health bar) what frightens you, I've noticed my character tends to mostly gasp at disembodied noises. This makes me paranoid and angry. Angry that I can't find a ghost to smack with my flashlight! If you're more of a jerky player and have the need to constantly move to find what made noises or move when you are faced with a jump scare, you'll likely get a new batch of scares.
A minor gripe? If you are suddenly lost and have no idea where to go, you'll run out of batteries and matches quickly. Ghosts love to play poof with your candles and later on in the days, you'll find matches very precious. When the fire goes out, it's all that more irritating. Your flashlight will suddenly pick up a little charge from not being used, so don't worry too much. You're not lost in the dark for long! It's just slightly irritating. If you keep wandering, your character will eventually give you a hint, but that takes a great deal of time. However, some of the very fun "scares" can happen this way. Just uh, stay away from the windows. Or don't. So far I've been pressing my face against the busts and yelling BRING IT ON but things BEHIND me have been lowering my health, so don't do that.
Second minor gripe? I had heard through the grapevine that the ending was very confusing, so I spoiled myself before buying. I'm not saying that everyone should do this, but if you're really on the fence after reading these and knowing an ending won't influence you either way, you may want to do that. It really is confusing and going in while knowing what was going to happen helped me understand just why things didn't really add up from the start. This may not work for all gamers, though it was helpful for me.
You'll be learning the storyline through short notes found at the end of each day. Even then, you may never get closure of what happened to your character.To be perfectly honest after playing this and Passing Pineview Forest, I'm finding a storyline that I've enjoyed and I'd like to see more of. I need to know more about Pineview. How many victims are there? I'm not even completely done and I'm very interested in seeing more.
Still, this isn't for everyone. This is a haunted house simulator, but it's much more of a puzzle/maze type game than say, an Amnesia clone or a Slender clone. Although there...is a mode for a Slender level... But I haven't unlocked that yet and I don't think I have the guts to do so. This game can get tedious for some people. For others you're just going to end up getting more frustrated because you don't want this house to outwit you. Stupid house. Stupid lights.
GIVE ME SOME MATCHES! And boop that clown!
...Where did the clown go?