Assume the role of Julie Masters, a new Berkshire Paranormal investigator as she explores and investigates the Houghton Mansion using all the ghost-hunting tools of the trade!
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Mixed (14 reviews) - 57% of the 14 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 21, 2009

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In Static: Investigator Training, you will play the role of Julie Masters, an ambitious fan of all things Paranormal; who recently requested membership with Berkshire Paranormal. Julie will investigate the mansion and surrounding areas collecting evidence; though paranormal events have been documented at the mansion Julie ends up uncovering an interesting addition to the ghostly history.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
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Mixed (14 reviews)
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49 of 61 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
Don't buy this game. It is very short and feels like part 1 to a game that never got a part 2. Nothing really compelling about it.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2015
If you're seein' things runnin' thru your head, an' invisible man sleepin' in your bed, who can you call? Who doesn't want to be a ghost hunter at times? This game is a Full Motion Video type, which I am a big fan of, so I started my adventures of as a ghost hunter in training, gothic/post-punk, curvy, girl. All the right ingredients for a great FMV if you ask me. The graphics are a bit similar to games as harvester and phantasmagoria. The controls are simple and easy to understand.

I would recommend this game, although it is way too short. It feels like you are playing a tutorial of a potentially great interactive movie game.

+ Regular/alternative/curvy people are cast in the game, which is appealing to the eye
+ Cool ghost hunting gadgets
+ Easy to use controls
+ Old school Sierra graphics

- Too short
- Too short
- Too short
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
STATIC: Investigator Training is a quite easy, casual approach on the point and click genre - it's really short, finishable in 1-1-1.5 hours. The game's about ghost hunting, so if you adamantly believe that ghost hunter shows are a fake thing and you're annoyed by them, I suggest you not playing the game, because you won't enjoy it's story.
Also, 8€ at full price is a lot for the quite amateur quality and short, unoriginal story - I don't like to lowball creators of intresting (and actually working) indie games, but I can't recommend to get this game for more than 1-2€, sorry. (Another FMV, Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure has 10++ hours of content for 20€ while having much better quality.)
I still give a recommendation for it, because it's already a quite niche-genre - lovers of FMV probably will like it for a fair price, and people who doesn't like FMV won't need reviews to realize this is not their jam.

The game is an FMV, Full Motion Video one - meaning the actors are real actors, filmed before greenscreen. I like the genre, so I was looking forward the game. I don't say I was disappointed, but neither was is great - it was an okay indie game, and this time indie also means low budget and experimental from the developer's side, as there are many weirdly done things are in the game. Current 8-to-5 (61%) rating qualifies this game as a mixed, and I also had mixed feelings about it.
FMV is most definitely a plus in my book, as I still find the genre a really intresting one. But I can not comprehend why they animated the little popup-dialogue faces instead of capturing it by camera - or maybe they were using a low-frame recording camera. At the end, it doesn't matter why, but during the dialogues the character's face is totally static, only their mouth moves in a really weird, and not too life-like way. Uncanny valley all the way (Looks life-like, but the way it works/moves kind of creeps you out). Also, there's only one pace of walking in animation, yet at least 3 different speed at generally moving - meaning that sometimes the lady steps one and slides 3-4 metres during that time
Voice acting is inbetween terrible and acceptable - the actual lines are not bad, but for some reason the actress reads every single line as it's written and takes a huge ........ pause after each line and before she starts the new one. I don't know if it was her fault, or they recorded the story in segments, but when there's two line of text on the screen, she reads/tells it perfectly. If the sentence is presented on two screens, then there's the huge pause after the first screen's text ended. It won't make the game bad, but a really amateurish / unexplained thing in the game.
(And I managed to froze the game up by initiating a cinematic few minutes before the game's end, and for some reason I still went to the next room - the cinematic couldn't play because I was in a wrong place, and couldn't move/save/load because the cinematic wanted to play, so the game just froze up)
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
SIT is a short point & click adventure that uses video sequences for animation and cutscenes.

You play a paranormal investigator trainee who investigates a haunted house and the deaths associated with it.
It does not have QTEs, and it does have a proper inventory with tools, so I hesitate to call it an interactive movie. It took me ~1.5 hours to complete, though I guess you could do it in under 1 hour if you rush.

As you can see from the screenshots, the graphics are nothing to write home about, but the voice acting is very nice, and the plot is decent. You get to select some tools to do your investigations with (I chose camera, thermometer (useless) and pendulum), so there may be some replay value if you want to try solving it with the other tools. You also pick up some items as you go. There's a fair bit of pixel hunting, too.

I picked this up on sale and didn't regret it, but I don't think it is worth full price - maybe if they added some more episodes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Not very good, with lots of problems.
The game puts you into the role of a would-be paranormal investigator. As a test you're asked to investigate the house they're based out of.

The game uses FMV's, but does so badly. there is no perspective (the character stays the same size closer and farther from the camera, and tries to use lipsync (badly). During conversations the character images (apart from the lipsync) are pretty much static, yet look like they have been cut out using mspaint.
Apart from that it's a point and click adventure, but short (1-1.5 hrs according to other reviewers).
The narrative is quite cringeworthy at times.

The pricing is crazy. This is definitely not worth the 8 bucks the store asks for it. Luckily (or not) I got this from a bundle.
For 2 euros more you can get "The Lost Crown", another paranormal investigation game, which unlike this game, delivers, and does so for 30+ hours.

Dear Strategy First, why the hell did you publish this?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is a low-budget indie game, so put your expectations on graphics and FMV fidelity in check, but I found its rough edges to be quirky and fun. It's a unique experience which can be completed in a couple of hours. Essentially, you walk around a haunted house, click on things, do a small amount of inventory usage, and watch a few short video clips. The characters are FMV, and are perhaps the devs/friends of the devs? I enjoyed this game a lot, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys "small" independent games and adventure point-and-click games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
First off, this game is short - very short. I only reached an hour plus due to some random wandering around and missing some clues. And visually somewhat rough, but if you're a fan of Ghost hunting, you'll enjoy this little romp through the territory. But otherwise, it's a tossup on whether it's worth the time or not.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2015
this is one of thows games that is for ppl who liked the 13th hr and outher old pc games like that it is not long game and yes it is buggy but i payed $1.99 for it it is worth it if you like the old games
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
A female adventure game duo, at last!

STATIC: Investigator Training was written by a woman, Jacki Jacobs. And it shows in beautiful ways. Like, I can not, even after thinking hard, remember playing even one adventure game with a female duo. Granted, Lindsey is, most of the time, only present via an earpiece, but still: This game features two women adventuring, pondering, talking about the things they see.
Sadly, the game is very short (about 90 minutes long), stopping right the moment when you’re totally ready to go on a proper adventure with your new friends.
Of course I played The Longest Journey and Life Is Strange, but neither had such a constant vocal exchange between two female characters doing their jobs, using techno ghost gadgets without a big deal being made of it.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
First overall i must say that this team realy put much work on it and this game realy has atmosphere.
It's realy sad that this game is finished after 45min (without tips and walktroughs), i realy hope for a sequel.

@Devs: If you make a sequel, please try to us another font that can be read better.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: June 26
Low-budged, casual FMV-Game. Nothing special, good story with some spooky moments, character-graphics are low quality, FMV sequences are OK. Playing time is 1,5 hrs. Bought it for 1€, its worth.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: May 14
Short but interesting game about "ghost hunting",the aim is to search for evidence using (your selection of three) "typical" paranormal investigation tools: a camera, camcorder, thermometer, voice recorder, pendulum, and an EMF (electro magnetic field) detector. This is a point and click adventure that utilises, full motion video scenes throughout the game. The story was interesting but could have been fleshed out a bit more, the ghost video and audio recording were very good and will prove interesting for those interested in paranormal investigation. A bit buggy, the game crashed for me several times during FMV sequences.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: December 13, 2015
I was on drugs the whole time but had a good time.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: November 8, 2015
dont buy this peace of sh*t i would rather spend a pound on my dank ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ premium account thanks for waisting my time and money gaben you cheeky fat turd refund me now before i cast a black guy on u
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