Belladonna is a gothic adventure game, twisted and dark. Take the role of a corpse girl rising from the dead in an abandoned laboratory, and unravel the mysteries concerning your own death and reanimation.
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Release Date: Feb 27, 2015

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“In a very Mary Shelly way, Belladonna asks who the real monster is in the end: the grotesque experiment, or the doctor who created it?”
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“Beautiful atmosphere...a point-and-click adventure that will leave you to question the living.”
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“If you're looking for something a bit macabre and mature, you will enjoy this.”
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About This Game

Belladonna is a gothic adventure game, twisted and dark. Take the role of a corpse girl rising from the dead in an abandoned laboratory, and unravel the mysteries concerning your own death and reanimation.

After the death of their young child, doctor Wolfram von Trauerschloss and his wife Belladonna are left to deal with the tragedy however they are able. The doctor launches into a dark obsession, devoting his life to the quest of conquering death. The madness spreads and Belladonna is soon dragged into the despair, but the tale takes surprising turns as the dead are brought back to life and the living are not to be trusted.

The game explores various themes, such as the role of villains and heroes, moral value systems and different kinds of horror. It’s a point-and-click adventure, and it will ask you to read longer texts which are inspired in style by Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. This game is not scary in the way in which a Hollywood horror flick is scary, but it is certainly no child’s play. The story goes into an eerie place beyond life and death, and puts you into the mind of the unliving creatures and their worldviews.


System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Yella 🎓
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Belladonna is a game that I really recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it is point & click
- it is indie
- it has adventure
- it has a female protagonist
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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The Cross
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
far too easy!
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◈Fritz.◈
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Finished it in one go, 1,5 hours. For being rather short, it does have interesting design and the player must use their own wits to combine scenarios together.
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jamoiya
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
A short fun little game. not bad for 69 cents but quick question...Does anyone know if you can open the wardrobe and if so, how???
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Jordouken
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
At the first glance Belladonna looks promising. The art style is pretty, although I disliked the movement of the female protagonist. But very soon I discovered that the items that you can interact with are very few. The amount of items you can pick up to combine or puzzle with are maybe ten pieces. The story is a bit weird, not bad, but it isn't exactly 'told'. Almost the whole thing is written on journal pages which you have to find throughout the game. So literally, half of the game you are just reading.

Biggest bummer is that the game is way too short. I finished it in about one hour and a half, but I really needed to go the bathroom in the meantime so make that one hour in total. And that's without a quick travel option, an option that is missed. The game really doesn't have any more environments than the screenshots above. I finished it so fast that I didn't even get one trading card. Belladonna is a game which is easy to forget. Pity.
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buggenheim
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
Everyone involved in this game's story is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. If you're into that then you might enjoy it, but if you want a likeable cast you'll want to look elsewhere.
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ClockworkGhostie
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game is beautiful and is so interesting to play. I loved it very much.
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(=SK=)Zorak
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Pros and Cons list at the bottom of the review.

Belladonna is a decent point-and-click adventure, and it's low price tag makes it easier to recommend.

The story is not exactly inspired, somewhat of a generic "Frankenstein's Monster" story, but it is passable. About halfway through the game you will likely have guessed the rest of the plot.

The game itself is only about 75-90 minutes long, depending on how fast you read and how much backtracking you have to do to grab items you didn't see the first time. Luckily, the game levels are not very large, so backtracking isn't much of a pain. The puzzles themselves are not too bad, I had an easier time with this game than some other point-and-click's where what you have to do next is very obscure.

The writing and voice acting are somewhat amateurish, though for the most part the journals you will read throughout the game were not too badly written. The main character's voice just sounded off to me, more like a young boy than a young woman's.

The graphics and aesthetics in the game are likely the best part of the game, and I thought everything was beautifully done. The only issue graphics-wise would be the walking animation. I didn't notice it too much until I was almost finished with the game, but the characters legs look strange when she walks, it does not work smoothly.

The biggest issue with the game would have to be the ending. I knew that I was nearing the end, but instead of finishing the storyline, it basically was one last click and then I was brought to a big "game over" screen. The game was mostly wrapped up, but it needed a few more lines of dialogue and/or another cutscene to properly bring the game to an end. It was rather jarring.

Overall, for the asking price, especially if you can get it on sale, I would recommend this game if you are a point-and-click adventure fan.

Pros:
+Graphics/Artstyle
+Decent writing, if not as refined as one may like
+Clear, non-frustrating puzzles
+Low asking price

Neutral:
+/- Short game length (can be a pro or con depending on the person's interest in the game)

Cons:
-Not great voice acting
-Abrupt and unsatisfying ending
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signupfi
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
It's a short, and kinda dark point and click game,mostly linear. I liked the art style. A fun way to spend a hour or two, I recommend buying this when its on sale.
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jennart227
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
I really enjoyed this game. The scenery is amazing, and the art is so unique. The story pulled me in form the very beginning, and the sound cues were perfectly timed. I played the game multiple times and am still pleased with the story each playthough. Definitely worth the buy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Belladonna is a short point & click adventure game developed by Neckbolt and published by Black Shell Media inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein and The Modern Prometheus ..
First of all i would like to let you know that Belladonna is not a bad game at all, but not a good one either, the developers had a great idea for their game but sadly they didn't know how to fully use it and implement it what made it feel like its still incomplete and missing many things, especially the ending; it was acceptable for such a linear story but to be honest this got me so disappointed
The voice acting is good, the artwork is nice and well-drawn and the "few" puzzles are so easy to solve
The story is so short (1-2 hours depending on your reading speed, and yes .. if you don't like reading games don't even bother buying it ^^) and after you finish it you'll find yourself missing some trading cards what oblige you to idle it for few more hours if you do care about these stuff
To conclude with, this is one of the times where i wish steam had a "meh, it's acceptable" option, this game could be so good for newbies to the genre, other than that there is no real reason to prefer it on the other point & click games out there on the market. 5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Product received for free
A very pretty game with an interesting concept but far too short and shallow on story to be really enjoyable. It harkened back to the days of King's Quest - but just missed the mark for me. Disappointing since it has tons of potential.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Enjoyable story based point and click game. My main problem really is that this game walks right up to the very edge of compelling narratives and then dismisses them and moves on. A character muses on a moral quandry that would make for a really interesting turn in the game, twice, and then just dismisses them. There is a vague reason for it in the narrative, but given the short playtime, it's frustrating that interesting content is teased but never delivered.

Also, given that the main character is a reanimated corpse, I'm not sure if the voice acting was well done or a bit off. Could have totally been intentional.

A less important issue is that the game has 7 trading cards, but playing this through to 100% completion took me a little under one hour. With no more content to see, I just have to leave this running in the background as I wait for the rest of the cards. A bit troublesome, but not so much as to take away from the Frankenstien inspired narrative.

I wouldn't pay $7 for it, but given I grabbed it at a steep discount, it was worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Pros and Cons list at the bottom of the review.

Belladonna is a decent point-and-click adventure, and it's low price tag makes it easier to recommend.

The story is not exactly inspired, somewhat of a generic "Frankenstein's Monster" story, but it is passable. About halfway through the game you will likely have guessed the rest of the plot.

The game itself is only about 75-90 minutes long, depending on how fast you read and how much backtracking you have to do to grab items you didn't see the first time. Luckily, the game levels are not very large, so backtracking isn't much of a pain. The puzzles themselves are not too bad, I had an easier time with this game than some other point-and-click's where what you have to do next is very obscure.

The writing and voice acting are somewhat amateurish, though for the most part the journals you will read throughout the game were not too badly written. The main character's voice just sounded off to me, more like a young boy than a young woman's.

The graphics and aesthetics in the game are likely the best part of the game, and I thought everything was beautifully done. The only issue graphics-wise would be the walking animation. I didn't notice it too much until I was almost finished with the game, but the characters legs look strange when she walks, it does not work smoothly.

The biggest issue with the game would have to be the ending. I knew that I was nearing the end, but instead of finishing the storyline, it basically was one last click and then I was brought to a big "game over" screen. The game was mostly wrapped up, but it needed a few more lines of dialogue and/or another cutscene to properly bring the game to an end. It was rather jarring.

Overall, for the asking price, especially if you can get it on sale, I would recommend this game if you are a point-and-click adventure fan.

Pros:
+Graphics/Artstyle
+Decent writing, if not as refined as one may like
+Clear, non-frustrating puzzles
+Low asking price

Neutral:
+/- Short game length (can be a pro or con depending on the person's interest in the game)

Cons:
-Not great voice acting
-Abrupt and unsatisfying ending
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Belladonna is a game that I really recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it is point & click
- it is indie
- it has adventure
- it has a female protagonist
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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79 of 97 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
In short:

If you're a fan of old school click and play (point and click) titles you might find Belladonna to be disappointing. Not because it deviates from norms set by the classics but because it doesn't even try. If you've read the other reviews stating the shortness to be a good thing, well then imagine a game that's not even an hour long, has a very corny story, disappointing abrupt end and has no puzzles to be solved at all.

In long:

That's right. There are no puzzles left for the player to solve. The only ones you encounter are either so simple or outright explained and solved by the protagonist herself as she speaks to herself, leaving you no room to experiment or even ponder what you ought to be doing. I've never played an adventure game this easy in my life unless you count games targeted to toddlers with similar game mechanics. I would argue those games to be even more cerebral experiences than Belladonna.

The staple, the hallmark of a good adventure game to me has always been that they force the player to think outside of the box. A constant effort must be made by the player to figure out what to do. Careful and most importantly thoughtful game design is needed to keep the player entertained in these type of games. That combined with a vivid and interesting story, a deep mystery, or simply a protagonist that is interesting / quirky and full of character are also very important in a genre that only uses the left mouse click to play it. Belladonna has none of that. There is a mystery there but it's not meant to be solved. The game simply makes you read journal pages that explain it and that's it. The only difficulty in the game is finding an item (if you even missed it -- they are very easy to find) or trying to read the journal pages as the font is set to be so small it makes your eyes bleed.

The only positive I can give to the game is the art design. It's hard to explain just how little is in this game though. In the store page there are 7 backgrounds shown. The game only has about 12 of them, so it basically shows you over 50% of the game's scenery right there. There are also no cutscenes. Sometimes the game just fades to black and we get to hear sounds as if they couldn't finish the game or the artist couldn't bother drawing vital scenes in the game. I mean the entire ending has no cutscene at all. It just fades to black, we hear a few corny lines and then we get to see someone's doodle with the words "The End" on it.

The music is good. The very little there is. I mean I can't complain about it so my only memory of it is that it didn't bother me. It sets a tone and keeps it there. The voice acting is ok. You won't be moved by the characters at all since they are devoid of any. I can't blame the voice actors at all as the writing seems very corny. The game sets a good atmosphere at first in the beginning, but immediately breaks it by having joke descriptions when you inspect objects more than once (a staple in adventure games yes -- but very out of place in the games milieu). If you establish that the main character is a "tabula rasa" an empty slate, but then she makes quirky Monkey Island esque remarks, you just destroyed all the character you worked so hard to establish right of the bat.

Final thoughts (and story spoilers):

Belladonna is a game that falls flat I'm afraid, unless all you're after is a short novel length story that's only twist is the protagonist discovering a note that tells her she was a lesbian when she was alive and the lover of the only other character in the game and that's it. That's it! No character arc, no nothing. It's disappointing because it's established early on that she has no memories, no personality and possibly no emotions at all and is basically an empty slate. Yet she reads a note left by her living self and instantly she's now the person she used to be I guess.

It would've been so much more interesting if the game actually played with these concepts rather than just introduce them and then take the short route out. The game could've made strong statements about sexuality and the human persona, what it is to be a human and to exist. But it doesn't. It just says "o-oh... I'm a lesbian? L-lewd!" and then gives you an ending drawing out of a b-movie with the main character in a slave esque pose under another woman like she just accepted it no problems at all. The game begins "tabula rasa" and ends "tabula rasa".

The most disappointing fact is that the game teases with a lot of good philosophical questions and hints at many possible interesting side effects of what it might be like to be a reanimated human being. But then it doesn't even explore them. It's like there's two lines of the main character pondering about possibly being a sociopath after killing a cat and then talking about it with another character and then this is entirely forgotten. The ending of the game is also insanely cheesy and left me even more disappointed.

I can't recommend this game to anyone. Sorry.

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53 of 62 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
I appreciate the intent of this game. Few titles dare to look at the issues of domestic abuse or a protagonist in a same-sex romance. But it didn't succeed in its execution. The characters don't leave any lasting impressions (the central characters, despite being in a relationship, show no real emotion towards one another), too much of the story is told through journal entries rather than having revelations occur naturally, and the conclusion is very lackluster. Some impressive concepts were brought up, esp. the concern of whether or not those brought back lacked souls/humanity, but this question was just abandoned without any further discussion. Additionally, the puzzles are too simplistic, with no real challenge or sense of achievement. Belladonna would have worked better as a short animation than as an interactive story.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
This review has been updated to reflect improvements and fixes that the devs have implemented since I first played the game. (At the end of the review I've added a note of what has been fixed).

Overview
I have mixed views on Belladonna. On one hand the story is dark and intriguing and has pretty solid voice acting, but on the other it does not explore these themes in enough depth to make a lasting impression. I think this game is worth trying if you already got it on sale or in a bundle. My completion time was 1.5 hours, and the remaining time on my counter was for trading card drops.

Thoughts, story wise
Belladonna explores some dark and mature themes, including life, death, murder and other moral issues. The game follows an animated corpse as she tries to find out about her past life and how she came to be in this state between being alive and dead. The dark and macabre nature of the story was interesting to me, and will interest those who are also fans of this type of story. I did enjoy unraveling the mysteries behind Belladonna as the story progresses, and some of the twisted revelations throughout the game I did find satisfying.

There are several shortcomings to this game, however, that prevented me from enjoying it as much as I felt I would. The story simply is too short and doesn't explore enough of the dark themes, and felt like a wasted potential. Play time isn't always the most important thing if there is enough emotional impact, but Belladonna felt very rushed at times, for example as some other reviews have mentioned, notably so near the ending.

Thoughts, game play wise
Belladonna is certainly a point and click adventure game, but within this genre people do have different expectations. I would describe Belladonna as more as a story-exploration game with adventure game elements, that is the focus is more on the story while the puzzles are not very difficult, and do not take up much time. I personally do not mind this as there are other games I could play if I wanted a challenge, so as long you're not expecting some super difficult brain teasers you shouldn't be disappointed in this aspect.

Conclusion
I enjoyed the story of Belladonna, but felt there could have been much more to the game. If you enjoy dark, macabre stories and don't mind easy point and click puzzles, I think this game is worth picking up on sale or in a bundle, but no need to go out of your way to do so.

* Edited out previous inability to take Steam screenshots and broken save system. These two issues have since been fixed. There may or may not be achievements added, but the dev hasn't really 100% promised anything.
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Belladonna is an interesting, albiet short, little puzzle-mystery game where you play as a female frankenstein-type reanimated person with no memory of how or why you ended up the way you are. You explore various parts of the mansion you awoke in, uncovering details of the experiments to reanimate the dead, as well as learning of your own fate and how you came to be. It is a fun mystery puzzle game, though the puzzles are very easy, with the main focus being on the story. As you collect journal entries from around the mansion, you learn more of the story. The game in total took me less than an hour to complete, which was sad, because I wanted more; However, the story was interesting and I liked how the story ultimately turned out.

Visually, Belladonna is a very simple and basic game, similar to other puzzle games. I was sad the story wasn't longer and more drawn out, but as a game it was fun to play. Just be prepared for a short game if you are thinking of purchasing this title.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Belladonna is short, actually it's a very short game. It took me a little bit more than 1 hour to finish it and I even did get stuck at point. But it's short gameplay time is the game's only fault.

Belladonna can best be described as a true classic gothic horror story. Most modern day horror games usually rely on jump scares and horrific images to create their "atmospheric" gameplay. Belladonna in contrast is using a completely different approach. By relying on a story progression similar to a detective story, the horrible truth of what dark deeds had been done, will be gradually presented to the player. This way the game manages to create it's dark and brooding atmosphere and keep the player interested in what has been happening.

Gameplay itself is your standard point-and-click adventure style, without pixel-hunting. Interactable objects will always be indentified as those (maybe except for one occasion where I got stuck XD).

Overall. Belladonna is definitely worth playing. Just keep in mind that it is quite short, so maybe wait for a sale to pick it up!
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