When a longtime friend contacts you to visit him with the utmost urgency, you arrive to find a troubled man haunted by visions of his recently deceased wife. When he suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, you become the main suspect in two inexplicable deaths.
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Mostly Negative (31 reviews) - 22% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 16, 2014

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About This Game

When a longtime friend contacts you to visit him with the utmost urgency, you arrive to find a troubled man haunted by visions of his recently deceased wife. When he suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, you become the main suspect in two inexplicable deaths.

Framed for two murders, and with a tenacious investigator on your heels, you race to decipher the clues that will lead to the true killer and prove your innocence. However, you soon uncover something far darker and more dangerous than you could have ever imagined.

Stay one step ahead of the law as you enter an uncharted paranormal world to reveal the truth.

Solve daring puzzles, and play surreal mini-games as you follow your instinct to survive and find peace. With a ghostly spectre as your only ally, can you keep your sanity as you venture beyond the limits of reality?

Features

  • Beautifully realistic hidden object scenes abound in this gripping adventure.
  • Follow your instincts to uncover your past and play games with destiny.
  • Stay ahead of the law to clear your name and find a true murderer.
  • Find cleverly concealed items, solve perplexing puzzles, and more.
  • Explore richly detailed environments and enjoy an orchestrated soundtrack.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
This hidden object game is one that follows a story, but does not have many traditional adventure elements (some HOGs are more hybrids or adventure-lites, this isn't one like that outside of following a story). There were not many mini-games. The scenes are interesting along with the story. Decent music. Funky scene transitions remind me of a 70's low budget horror movie.

This is listed as "part 1" and so the story does not resolve at the end. It is also a tad shorter than some other HOGs and does not include a bonus chapter or an Unlimited Mode.

Each hidden object scene contains ten secret items (hover your cursor over the start to see what they are). You do not revisit scenes generally so if you want to find the secret items, you should find them right away.

Overall I liked the game but did find it difficult finding some items--they can be small, and some objects you are supposed to open or move to expose other items do not give a visual clue such as a cursor change.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I got this game in a bundle. I got it for around less then .25 cents. I really want to enjoy this game but a lot of things hold it back from being great. One is the resolution issue. You cannot set the resolution to the size of your monitor so everything looks slightly fuzzy. Great. Its all hidden object play and that is fine by me. However the objects that your looking for are going to be fuzzy looking and they are all mostly super small and hard to see due to the resolution bug. Do not go for the special bonus items they do nothing. They open up the game you already finished. Wow some extra.

The story and cut scene graphics are fine. The game isnt all bad just not that enjoyable. The hint button recharges farily quickly and thats a good thing. I havent finished the game yet. May post more later when I finish it.

Just finished the game. So many things wrong with this game. Later your in a grave yard. You have to click on blank plots of land to find the object you need not once but 3 to 4 times. No markings that I could have seen. Just random spots on the ground. Great.

The objects that you need to find in this game are crazy. Here are just a few of the crazy names. Flippo Brunelleschi whoever he is. A gemhorn? What? Really? It also seemed like they got lazy at the end because a lot of the objects later on are right next to each other. Also the objects you need to find are super small and there is way to much clutter inside the rooms or areas you need to look thru. The story and sound effects are well done. The hidden object portion is not well done in my opinion.

Also the game is very short even for a Hidden Object game. Took me 2 hours to finish.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I love hidden-object games, but this one is awful.

There is nothing except hidden-object scenes: no puzzles or mini-games, nothing. Just one hidden-object scene after the other. And they are not good -- there are bugs with not clicking the right pixel even though you pick the right object, and very poor quality control. Too many scenes where you need to pick an object, but there are in fact more than one "gun" or "paper" in the scene. It's not satisfying to guess which one is intended. The UI features a map, but I have no idea why. There is no reason to go back to any scene: you just go through them until the end. And it won't take long.

The story is mind-numbingly dumb, even for this simplistic genre.

And there are bugs. Had to quit the game and restart to avoid weird lighting problems.

To make things even worse (is that possible!?) it's both short and unfinished. I really hope they don't waste time on creating a sequel.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game is short probably because this is chapter one. You can see my record time and that is the time I used to clear game including credits and extra scenes. It is still a good hidden object and puzzle game. The story is very easy to guess what will happen next for me. I think this game is worth my money because I got it from bundle long ago.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
This game can easily be called "Bad eyesight simulator." My eyes are hurting after playing this game.

The graphics are so low quality and blurry, I couldn't make out half of the objects in the scenes. The graphics looks a lot clearer on the screenshots as the image isn't stretched out like in the game. Sometimes I would just click wherever I found to be an obscure area as I couldn't be bothered trying to look for the actual item indicated. I feel not all your clicks registers correctly as I clicked the same object at least 3 times and not until I used to hint button it would actually register.

There's also a problem that there's no indication whether things can be opened or not. Sometimes you can open drawers or dig through the ground, sometimes not. As you get punished for clicking too often, you really waste a lot of blind clicks in hope of an area being able to open. Unlike other Hidden Objects games, there's no indication whether an object is hidden from view or not. And since you can't see half of the items anyway, you search blindly for something that is hidden behind something that might not open. Ugh.

Sometimes the game feels like it pulls a bad joke on you. You enter a room filled with books and papers scattered all over the place. What are you supposed to find? "Paper." Have fun! Oh, and not just any paper... but the one paper. You can't pick the wrong paper or you get no points. There are many scenes like this, where there's several of one item clearly on the screen and only one of them counts as correct.

The story was kinda... blah. Once things got somewhat interesting, some character just shows up on your screen and basically says "If you wanna know what really happened, you have to wait for part 2." and that's it. This game felt like a demo for a game, rather than being a full game on its own. And appearently there's supposed to be 3 parts of this story. They should at least have combined part 1-2 into the same game.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
First of, I actually quite liked the game itself. It's a pure hidden object game without any real adventure elemets, but the story and flow is pretty fast and it keeps you interested, something which most pure hidden object games don't manage. The hidden object searching isn't all that great, as lots of stuff is hard to recognize, but a hint system help you through that.

But at under two hours the game is not only far to short, but it also doesn't give you much of a conclusion. It throws a big twist at you and then it just rolls the credits, hinting at a sequel. The game is however three years old at this point and the sequel never got made. So this is all there is.

So essentially this feels like a demo. Not bad, just pointless when you know the full game won't ever come out.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
An uneven hidden object game that largely removes everything apart from the hidden object scenes (there are a handful of inventory items but they are picked up during the HOG scenes, and a couple of spot the difference puzzles).

The story is okay with a few oddities such as in the policemans office, and when you start hammering walls when the police are searching the building for you, but the story is not really going to be why you would play this (especially as being part one of a planned three episodes of which the others don't seem to exist yet).

The game also isn't very long (1-2 hours depending on how much you want to resort to the hint button probably) and like most HOGs isn't particularly replayable. Still it can be picked up pretty cheap, so that isn't necessarily

So it all comes down to the hidden object scenes. Firstly the scenes are reasonably clear and the graphics are good enough, and most of the hidden items are decently placed, so the game is playable enough, but there are a fair amounts of weak links here - there aren't many misnamed objects (the bane of HOG games), but there seemed to be a few with dodgy hit boxes, a fair amount of silly places (pumpkin, stuff silhouetted in the sky, the letter E type stuff). A major negative for me was some of the openable objects, some of which were completely nonobvious that you could interact with them (the mirror for example), where others like pillows would "open" any time you moused over them (but in other scenes pillows were immobile). There are also quite a few places where you are searching for an item that has several matches ("plant" when in a garden setting!), but only one is correct, which isn't great.

In terms of specific scenes the two screen pannable scene outside the church was an interesting idea, but I found it annoying once most of the items were found as you couldn't even be sure what you were searching for was on screen. Also it and the scene before had an annoying "wind" effect constantly obscuring the view. The UV filter bit was also an interesting variation, although all the animals looked about the same to me.

Finally we have the bonus items - this seemed a bit tacked on and very variable in difficult (marbles, coins, mice were easy, whereas knives, snails and darts were very difficult to find the last few, etc.

Overall then an okay HOG with a few flaws, with nothing exceptional about it good or bad. There are plenty of better options out there in the genre, but it is playable enough especially if you are paying less than a pound for it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2015
Familliar? Indeed!

I have played this game once again in a while, and I have to say, it didn't get any better with the time that is left between those two times I started this game.

It is one of those HOGs that gave the whole genre a bad reception. And sometimes this bad reception is well earned. The story is cheesy, to say it in the most benevolent way. The HOGs itself are, well not at a contemporary standard, even at the time the game was originally developed. The sound, well another matter that is giving some pain.

Of course, there are games that are worse, but this never is a valid argument for creating and distributing half baked ideas. Furthermore this game can really bore the ... out of you. It is just as entertaining as sitting in a dentists chair with fading anesthesia and expecting the extraction of a tooth. You have to be a masochist to actually enjoy the game.

I won't and can't recomend this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Your friend Albea passed away recently and her husband, Grendel, asks you to come to him. He reveals that he's haunted by her ghost. However, Grendel is killed mysteriously while you were seeing Albea's ghost. You're arrested by the police and escaped custody. It's time to investigate the mystery around Grendel and Albea.

I never completed the game before because of a big problem that I will explain later. However, I wanted to review it, so I replayed it and I can say that the plot is interesting. Them - The Summoning is the first chapter of a more complex story - I didn't check if it was the only game or if there are more. Anyway, there are several twists in the story.

The gameplay is purely an hidden object game, with an inventory to complete items or to find others. In other words, you will be given a list of items to find. Some of them are hidden in drawers but they're not signaled. And if you want to unlock the extras, you have to find 10 bonus objects. You don't know what they are, in other words, click randomly to find them. And to top that, the items are very very small or sometimes, you're asking yourself if it was really visible. If you play in Standard, you don't have any chance to have an hint. In Easy, at least, after some minutes, it's blinking or being shown. And the HUD is also on hidden objects by moments. You're not really enjoying the hidden objects scenes. The puzzles are just anecdotic.

The graphics are acceptable, however, the HUD isn't making justice to the them and is completely impersonal. The drawings in the custscenes are also very good. The soundtrack is also good. But it's not really enough. When you see the menu, the old school buttons don't give you any envy.

In other words, Them - The Summoning isn't that bad. However, I didn't really enjoy the hidden objects scenes. I'm convinced by the story but as it's disserved by many problems... My conclusion is that Them - The Summoning cannot be recommended unless you're an hardcore hidden object gamer.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Short version: 41%
Meticulous pixel hunting in overdrive with a good plot and a plethora of beginner developer/writer mistakes.

Long version:
Them, Chapter 1 was the first and the last game of the indie company Gamatic (game + fanatic), and it’s obvious that it was created by a really ambitious aspiring writer. It revolves around a single plot idea– a conspiracy thriller with some supernatural elements– but the dialogues are really clumsy, and due to the three-game structure it ends in a cliffhanger that never gets a proper resolution.

The game itself is a series of photograph-based hidden object scenes, each crammed full of the tiniest object possible, turning it into a never ending series of pixel hunting, where finding anything is more of a question of luck, not skill or sight. The hit detection is also a slightly off sometimes. But on the really positive side, the soundtrack is nice.

I wish Steam had a middle option, because it’s not a terrible game, but since I can’t recommend it at full price to anyone, I have to use the ‘not recommended’ tag on this one.
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Octavius
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
Avoid this one. Terrible graphics resolution makes it awful to play. The script is badly translated. There is no voice acting. The "extras" are just direct access to the same scenes you played in the game, for no particular reason. There is little story and the HOGs are cluttered and painful, requiring random clicking on non-specific areas and meticulous pixel hunting for objects that are indescernible or unrecognisable. It's about the worst HOG I've come across on Steam, and there are some pretty bad ones around. It's just as well the sequels didn't appear - 1/10.
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SixthBlackWing
7.3 hrs
Posted: June 5
Overview:
There are much better & quality HOGs than this that seemingly wants to come to off as mediocre at best. It's not bad and it's not good either so much so that it's not worth writing an extensive review on. It's actually scary that this is actually a more recent game when I would've put it down to early 2000's.

The Game Itself
The gameplay is simply put is completely linear, just set scene after set scene with a few cutscenes that are normally just dialogue, and you never get to do anything you want. (some may argue that is what defines a HOG, but I disagree given more modern HOGs) The bonus 10 pieces for extra unlocks are funnily enough just to do the same scene again in extras on main menu. The storyline is even more ridiculous and hilarious, but I won't spoil it if you're willing to try this out though I wouldn't recommend this game at full price.


-A bowl is somehow a mug.
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Kokomo
2.9 hrs
Posted: April 17
Really really boring.
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megamelfina
4.3 hrs
Posted: January 2
I hate to add to the negative reviews, but this game is just not worth it. The little story is ok, but not really resolved as this was supposed to be part 1 of 3. But the biggest issue is with the resolution - it can't be changed, so all the hidden object scenes are super frustrating as all the items are blurry and weird. There is also no direction in some scenes, which can lead to a lot of frustration unless you use the hint button. You'll also get angry when you are trying to find something generic like 'paper' and the room is filled with.....papers. All in all, pass this one up.
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edvordo
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 14, 2015
Got this in a bundle.

Kind of meh imo .. 2/10

Graphics - 7/10
~ Nice graphics, could be improved.

Music - 5/10
~ Music was fine, but would not listen to for long.

Gameplay - 1/10
~ Sometimes confusing, repetitive, all hidden-object puzzle, nothing else, not very good mechanic,
~ Takes a lot of focus, gets you ( your eyes ) tired fast.
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выдра
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 1, 2015
I like HOGs and don't mind if game is just one item find scene after other but this one had really bad graphics. Items were small and very hard to see and it was even more difficult when scene was not well lighted and I just had to click in random to hope and find something. Story would have interest me but it was left unfinished and looks like there will never be more to it so that is disappointing. Not worth the price, if you really want the game then wait until 90% off!
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Krozair
2.8 hrs
Posted: May 16, 2015
This title is only chapter 1 of a 3 part story. The story is mildly interesting, however unless you know saints and bishops by sight you cannot pass the game without using hints constantly or just randomly clicking dudes in robes. The art work is decent but some of the items do not look like the description...so you must use the hint button again and again. A construction helmet looked like a school notebook with a metal circle taped to it. Overall I just kept clicking until it ended but I wasn't really having fun.
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