The Lake House: Children of Silence Collector's Edition
This is a well designed game with some back and forth, but not an excessive amount. There is a map, but it's not IA. That's OK, because the HINT button works well during game play - you don't need the SG. The HOS are average, and the puzzles are sometimes really simple - a paint-by-numbers one for example. The artwork has a washed-out look that fits well with the atmosphere.
#It's annoying how during VO, the character talking springs forward.
#The storyline is interesting. Too bad the telling is so mishandled. There are lots of inconsistencies, strange occurrences and "WHAT?" moments. The main game has an ending, which is good, but the bonus chapter has "the rest of the story". Too bad, because it is completely implausible, and you end up destroying the indestructible.
#Bad use of objects like finding fresh milk in a town that has been abandoned for years. Child swings hanging over empty space.
I recommend this game, but I wish I had waited for the SE. There is not enough offered to justify the CE price.
January 12, 2013
Get rid of the Mask!
This game started out slow for me. As the game continues the story gets better. Its all about a terrible mask, whoever has it on, does awful things. The bonus chapter, has the new wife going back to try and finally get rid of that darn mask! As usual, the graphics are great and puzzles aren't too hard. Good game overall.
January 3, 2013
An Adult Review
This game was pretty good, but I finished it within a couple of hours. Not very difficult. But variety of scenes is very entertaining and great graphics
January 2, 2013
A Different Story
It's all about the story, folks, and this promises to be a really good one. The opening left something to be desired, but things progressed from there.
The HOS were interactive, art work impressive, and the actors reasonably good. Minigames were interesting and varied, if not totally original. I left the sound on - always a good sign. There promises much to be explored. The level of challenge was good - this is the first game in sometime that I didn't finish the trial before the hour was up.
On the other hand, while I was grateful for a different story, I did not get far enough along in the story to be unable to endure not finishing it. If the trial was a wee bit longer, I might have splurged on the CE immediately. As it is, I will wait for another credit, or the SE, whichever comes first! But I will want to see the ending - another good sign.
December 24, 2012
Good game but......
What I loved was that the games ending leaves room for a sequel where I hoped to learn more about the mask and see how it affects another person. The Bonus game kill that hope. How the mask got it's power was lame and it dashes the chance of another game. Yet another game that is better off without the bonus chapter.
December 28, 2012
Enjoyed the Demo
I found this game to be enjoyable. Not the hardest HO game but the storyline was interesting and makes me want to continue playing it. Graphics and sounds were great. Overall I would give this game a B+.
December 27, 2012
Good Game BUT
I must cry FOUL, developers. There are at least two HO screens that I know of that are exact duplicates from your other games. Did you think we wouldn't notice?
Otherwise, it's a great game with plenty of interaction and a main character that looks like Benjamin Bratt. That certainly added the eye candy factor.
December 24, 2012
the art work was good... but the challenge wasn't very hard, items were easy to find... but the PITA bit was constantly running from one end of the game to the other...
December 27, 2012
Children of silence
Really good, I enjoyed it. Very dark and creepy, lots of rain and fog... Bonus for the angry dobermann and posters in the cinema. :) I think this game's strength is in the excellent graphics and the storyline. It kept me interested the whole time. What exactly happened?? I was really scared that our character might be a killer. :D And even after that. Who invented the mask? Who is the mysterious man at the Lake House, and how can I destroy the evil thing?
May 31, 2013
Nice easy game
I enjoyed the game and recommend it if you are looking for something just to pass some time. There was a little too much going back and forth but for the most part it was easy enough to navigate. I always prefer games with an interactive map that enables you to move around a game but this one was easy enough that it wasn't necessary. I liked it.
January 10, 2013