Theatre of the Absurd
Exorcist adventure gaming meets iHOG -- Enjoy!
Theatre of the Absurd does a very nice job melding the traditional adventure game with the iHOG genre and provides a unique feel and creepy, Exorcist-like experience to the casual gaming market.
I was initially taken aback by this game and found the iHOG scenes fuzzy, but as the experience moved along I really enjoyed the smokey ambiance.
While most of the puzzles were light, the overall look and feel made this a very worthwhile and memorable gaming experience which I highly recommend especially those who appreciate the adventure gaming genre.
I only reserved one star because I wanted an even more adventure-like experience with a little less hand-holding.
June 7, 2012
Like the game, hate the monologue
I love the graphics in this game. Colorful but not childish or cartoony. I bought it even before the trial was up.
Only two things really bothered me. The little girl has freaky blue eyes that made her look possessed even when she was supposed to be normal. The monologue was very annoying. I don't need to be read to.
Other than that, I am enjoying this one.
August 22, 2013
I've been a member for years but this game was so different it became the first which I felt compelled to review. The story line is interesting but it's the way the game plays out which hooked me. The hints are displayed on your own arms - HO scenes are more difficult than most but much more fun - it's cohesive and a surprisingly different take on the norm.
August 21, 2013
So many hidden object games! The music was creepy, yet intriguing. There were pop-ups in this game, so warning to those who gets scared of horror games. I was scared too, so I had to play in lower volume. The game was very good. Although there were a lot of hidden object games, I don't really like when hidden objects maps are repetitive. I went to same hidden object maps twice, I think three times too. Because of its repetitive in the same map, I got bored of it so I just pressed random objects that looks like it's part of the items I need to find. I played in expert mode, I didn't need to skip a lot of the puzzles, so that's good. I played this as part of the Game Club's Daily Deals, Spending this game for $2.99 was worth it!
June 9, 2013
Demonic possession ahoy!
I was intrigued by this game from the beginning because of the demonic possession theme and the demonic imagery in all the scenes. Combined with the sound effects and smoke and coloured lighting, it made for a fairly creepy atmosphere.
An interesting new feature of this game is that you can "use" your arm in the game; you extend it to cast spells to progress through the game (not that exciting, would have been nice to have an associated minigame for each spell) and also instructions for the next step appear written IN your skin on your forearm. Most original in-game strategy guide I've ever seen.
While the artwork tended to the monochromatic side, it really appealed to me. The creepy castle setting is a cliche but it's done well here, to the point I would feel a little nervous about exploring new locations for fear of what I would find! Smoke and other hardware acceleration effects are put into good use.
The gameplay itself is fairly average. Hidden object scenes were okay at the beginning but became more like junk piles towards the end with nonsensical placement of items, i.e. more like the early days of HOGs. Puzzles were of average, i.e. easy, difficulty with a decent variety but I did like a recurring puzzle type where you have a series of small images, and you have to find their location on the main scene.
What I liked best about the game was the race against time to thwart the demon; every time it appeared it added to the sense of urgency and danger.
July 10, 2012
theater of absurd
a compleatly different game-- nice for a change. will probably buy at some point.
June 3, 2012
Good gameplay but too many hints
I loved the visuals and the gameplay. It was a little reminiscent of a Bioshock feel. My main issue with it is that when I choose an "Expert" level setting, I don't expect the narrative to tell me where to go next. That feature should be shut off. Made it a little too easy when I've been playing these games for years. Other than that, I enjoyed the game.
June 6, 2012
Something a little different
Not one of the most difficult HO games I've played but the graphics are well done - a few many cutscenes for my liking
June 5, 2012
I enjoyed the dark theme
It may not be for everyone - because it has a demonic/satanic theme, like demon posession and HOs that involves creepy cursing items, eg. voodoo, skulls etc.
But I don't particularly mind about these themes, and I enjoyed much on the music and sound where at certain parts it's not just repetitive looping music, but has some shrieks or whispers which really adds to the dark atmosphere.
September 24, 2013
i liked most aspects of this game
hints/skips charged fairly fast. no map which would have helped a little. the hints are written on her arm and i didn't like that so much. it was really creepy. this is the second silverback game i have played in a row and i don't favor them as much as others. there is something about their designs that doesn't appeal to me personally. it may be the unusual hint system. i just don't really know. i will play them again, but i hope the devs take this into consideration. maybe it is me thing, though. the graphics are good. i played casual, no sound. it was a good game.
March 9, 2013