Committed: Mystery at Shady Pines
This game has all the makeup of an awesome game though is missing something. There are a lot of rooms to get into though not as many challenges as I'd expect for the size of the map. There is a map that indicates where things are if you want help which I found handy with the map being so big. It would have been nice if you were to help the other patients escape and when transported into another realm, had more to do there. Some of the puzzles were a little easy.
November 26, 2011
Really enjoyed this game, just over 3 hours of play, great storyline but a bit too much back and forth for my liking and the HOS were a little grainy with the items being quite difficult to find and very small sometimes. Doesn't have a hint system in place (only in hos) but the map gives enough hints on where to go next if you feel stuck. Quite enjoyable.
April 5, 2012
look like a good game to me
I played it for 15 min and bought it. Was only $2.99 so what could I lose. The HOS were easy and the game had a good flow to it. Has voice over and the graphics are good.
October 1, 2012
It's all in the execution
The game starts out with a premise I've seen before: your character wakes up in a bed in a derelict hospital with no memory of how she got there. However, the interesting story, atmospheric graphics and sound effects, entertaining plot element where you enter the minds of other patients and creepy imagery all combine for an experience that lifts the game above its cliched beginning.
The graphics did a great job of conveying the dinginess of the hospital and there is a scene near the beginning that was wonderfully creepy (don't want to spoil it). You find audio tapes throughout the game that slowly reveal the story of the hospital and what happened to its patients (and to you). Occasionally over the PA you hear some propaganda about what a great place Shady Pines is that adds to the menacing atmosphere. I got to the part where you have to enter the first patient's mind and considered this a five star game at the time.
But then towards the end of the game, I thought that it lost a bit of steam, and the reveal of your true identity wasn't that satisfying. Not because I had already guessed it, but because there was a glaring loophole in the plot that was never explained.
There is a map that highlights locations where there are hidden object scenes, puzzles, items, etc. which I always appreciate in HOGs. There are quite a lot of hidden object scenes; these are junk pile style, and while the graphics seemed a little grainy, I didn't mind as much because it fit in with the "decor" of the decaying hospital. The puzzles, while fairly easy (i.e. average for a HOG), are generally well-integrated with the story. In order to enter patients' minds, you have a machine that displays their brain waves and you have to adjust the wavelength, amplitude, frequency and phase of another wave on the screen to match it. Once in their minds (some pretty spooky locations!) you solve a riddle that is related to their circumstances to finish a puzzle.
Despite the story running out of steam a little towards the end, this is still a high quality, atmospheric game that's well worth playing.
September 5, 2012
It's Different, Unusual Story
Storyline: It wasn't actually 100% clear. It was built off of a good premise but it doesn't really go into too much depth. Just enough to let you know there was something going on but not exactly what and and how it pertained to the main character because of the other characters. You wake up from a coma of three years in some shady place that you do not recognize.trying to make head or tails of your situation. You end up chasing this doctor around this "asylum" trying to find answers.
Graphics: Like someone else said not clear but wasn't sure whether that was supposed to be because of the story.
Sound: Can't comment, had it off because I play late at night and I don't like to disturb my husband sleeping.
Gameplay: I played it within 5 hours on Expert, but it can easily be beaten in less time.(I tend to get distracted because of my kids) The puzzles weren't all that challenging and there wasn't a variety. For example, with each patient you encounter you have to adjust the yellow wavelengths on their monitors to match the green wavelengths by adjusting the dials until they match, they will turn blue, then you can turn the handle to enter a dream state and solve puzzles pertaining to that character. Then you get an audiotape that gives you a bit more insight into what is going on.
You do have to travel back and forth between scenes to obtain items that you will need for the room you are in but they do not become available until you encounter that room. Such as I had to visit the garage at least three times I believe. I didn't know I needed an axe. Well first I had to get a key from another room that required that I get a hammer from yet another room to break this key out of a compartment, then later I had to go back to the garage to use the key to get the axe, then later I had to go back to the garage yet again to get an oil can to lubricate a door handle, etc... Kind of tedious in some ways.Why couldn't I have just gathered all the items in one go and then use them when I got to that area later?
The HOS weren't always clear. Most objects were hidden pretty well behind other objects. You might have the handle of some shears peeking out behind a tire and not even realize that they were shears until you decided to click just because you thought what the heck and got them out of sheer luck. In another scene there was a foggy window of a car that was supposed to be the rear windshield with objects decorating it. I couldn't find a compass and of course it was behind a teddy bear in the foggy window! There was at least on object from each scene like that. But it wasn't overly frustrating, just kind of made you go, oooookay....
It's not a bad game but I like the Haunted Halls games better. But by no means pass this one up. It has a happy ending. And it passes the night away in a relaxing way.
April 17, 2013
An interesting mystery
The story really kept me going through this one, but I have to say first off that the answers you receive aren't very satisfying.
However, the voice acting and the audio tapes are top-notch and really worth listening to, and despite the lack of detail given to the plot, it really is a tragedy of touching proportions.
The HOS were fine, and most of the game was interesting, but I couldn't do the ECG puzzles by any stretch of the imagination, mostly because I don't feel sufficient instructions were given. There was a lot of running around that I found unnecessary, especially since the lifts take time to move, but the map shows exactly where you need to go in every case, which I thought was a great step forward over some other games I've played. It's also not as creepy as some other games set in asylums (e.g. Green Hills) so that may be a bonus for some.
Essentially, it only loses one star because it made me care about the characters then didn't provide a satisfying resolution. Definitely check it out!
February 22, 2012
Surprisingly nice little game
This was a daily special priced at just 2.99 so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed playing it. It's a little different, as there is no hint button for the game itself. You have a journal and a straight map which doesn't allow you to jump. You do however have a hint button for the HOS. The game starts when a lady wakes up in an institution, but has no idea how she got there. From there she has to discover for herself why she's there, and the mystery of why strange things are happening. An excellent storyline that will keep you playing to find out what happens next.
October 12, 2013
Great idea and creepy enough !
Well, it was redone in FACES in a more creepy way and modern way, but this is really good and very creepy. I wish we had more like this !
December 16, 2012
great HO game!!
i played the regular difficulty and i skipped most puzzles because i am not good at them and got done in 4 hrs 43 min. some of the HO scenes were crowded but the game was also kind of dark and dreary but not more so than others like this. skip charged really fast and the hint button recharge a little slower it seemed to me. you wake up in a hospital bed and don't remember how you got there or who you are. you get out of your room and see a little girl and you try to rescue her and chase her and a doctor over 3 levels. it has a map but it isn't interactive so there is back and forth. there is a journal that hold clues and if you use it you should always have the answer you need. i enjoyed the game. it does take some thinking to get through it. the hint does not tell you where to go and sometimes you have to guess. the "sparkly" area are hard to see sometimes. i passed over a few without realizing it. i had to go to the walkthrough a few times because of this.
November 20, 2012
Demo only but
That was enough for a buy especially at sale price. The puzzles were different and interesting and definitely challenging. The HOG were harder than usual and what I really kinda liked was that things were just buried so only a little part showed. I liked that I had to be alert to that aspect, so like real life when one is hunting for lost stuff. I also liked that things were not placed so they could not be seen, only that one had to be alert to seeing a part of a distinct shape like shoelace part of a boot. I did not get into it enough to tell whether the story was going to be a turn on, but I play more for the puzzles and the recall of where stuff was. I think it is a good mental exercise actually.
October 1, 2012