Shiver: Poltergeist Collector's Edition
Far too short and no extras which was a shame
First of all I can?t recommend either the CE or the SE. The CE had nothing in the extras other than the usual (concept art, wallpaper, SG) and main game took me 3hrs! Bonus took me less than an hour.
But I can?t recommend the SE (apart from super short main game) you need the CE to complete the story. So if you can get the CE at half price like I did and don?t mind all of above let?s look further into the game itself?
It is trying to be an atmospheric game and mostly succeeds with this although in the middle it lost its way with this and with bog standard gameplay even the occasional good cutscene got lost. Game opens with a girl at the top of a lighthouse with a fire behind her and a cloaked figure rowing away. Plot is all told by finding notes around the place ? you are having a boring life when you find out you have inherited this old manor in an English island; intriguing opening, lonely eerie manor with only the butler as you arrive. If you want voiceovers you need to keep the music on.
Sadly the occasional ?spooky? cutscene and there were some good ones, especially the rare first person ?movement? scenes but gameplay was so boring and bog standard at the middle it was unbelievable. At the very end the plot got interesting and was well done but it actually spelled out the things you didn?t know yet and was a literal cliffhanger so you would want to play the bonus.
If you love HOS but hate puzzles then this is your game as there were only 6 puzzles in the main game so it seemed there were more HOS than they really were (14 HOS). Graphics were lovely and sharp sometimes but in HOS it was that faded, hard to see mostly junk pile with only mild interaction scenes which I can?t finish fast enough and that was hampered by the random click penalty. What was lovely to see though, was that the HOS weren?t repeated. Puzzles were easy, one was arcade target, have to look in diary for codes for a couple of others.
There are 3 choice of hardness and even the hardest had sparkles on HOS and black bar tips but hint and skip were not available. You can change settings mid game. Sometimes in the inventory there are items that are in a small box ? this can mean either puzzle or you need another inventory item on it.
There was no transporter map so there is a lot of backtracking. You can replay the cutscenes in main menu which was good.
Bonus play was in all new area and the plot, and suspense and quality I thought was all good it was just very short. I could imagine if you weren?t playing on hardest setting it wouldn?t be much over 30mins I was daft at one point so took me longer about 50 mins. There were 4 additional HOS and only 2 puzzles.
If you can pick up the CE at half price and don?t mind how short it is and above information then I do recommend it to you if you like quite a few straight list HOS and no puzzles and like ghosts and don?t mind in TOTAL it?s only 4hrs.
But I was disappointed with bog standard game play in middle, far too short, too many HOS for my taste and no extras and felt like they relied too much on the plot ending to try and make up for it and nothing irritates me more with "having to play CE" to finish the story.
October 25, 2012
Ho hum. Lovely graphics, as always from this creator, but other than that I could barely make myself finish the demo. walking back and forth, back and forth - I found myself just using hint (which refills quickly) for every step out of boredom. HOS objects senseless and less than clear. Tiny twist of inventory items that need additional objects added, otherwise the entire thing is a patchwork from every other collector's edition you've ever seen; same old, same old...sigh.
March 29, 2012
Not that great
Shiver: The Vanishing Hitchhiker was a pretty good game. This one, not so much. The soundtrack gets very repetitive and boring rather quickly, the tasks don't follow in any kind of logical manner (I was combining objects with no idea as to their purpose), the puzzles are too few and way too easy, the game in general is not very challenging at all and the story is not exactly gripping, at least not the way it's told. Very disappointing.
June 13, 2013
thought i t might be a little spooky not even close wish i wouldnt have bought collector edtion wasted money
April 7, 2012
I had to toss it , it was too terrible. The tech level is really low.
Just boring !
April 9, 2012
FRUSTRATING BEYOND BELIEF
This game commits the cardinal sin, in my opinion. It jumps you all over the place until you have no idea where you are or where you need to go. Instructions like the following in the included Strategy Guide are a prime example: "Back out five (5) times then go right and down the hatch." No matter how good everything else in the game is, these tactics take all the fun and enjoyment out of it. I used the hint button continuously to get me to the next active location. Perhaps if the game came with a map where you could quickly go to the next location, then it would be better. The only reason this game is so long is because you spend 3 times the time going from place to place as you do actually playing any HOS or puzzles. And the included strategy guide was basically useless, at least for the bonus play chapter, where I used it the most.
October 11, 2012
Not Worth $13.99
This game was extremely Short for a "Collectors Edition"
Simply cannot recomment it at this price
April 1, 2012