The Lake House: Children of Silence Collector's Edition
A Good One for "Dark & Eerie" Fans
This dev consistently puts out really good games, & Lake House: Children of Silence is no exception. Gameplay is smooth, glitch-free, and fun. Despite a play world that is primarily dark, dreary, & creepy, graphics remain visually sharp & very good, & the atmosphere created by the combo of art & music put me right in the game where i wanted to be. I liked the storyline a lot - uneasy, spooky, yet just barely touched with an almost sorrowful undertone that kept me pretty much on the edge of my seat waiting to see how the story was going to end up. This HOPA has HOscenes that are easy & only slightly interactive. There's not much back- tracking, which lets the game flow better imo. A journal collects info at fairly long intervals, & the non-interactive map shows you where you have tasks to complete. Puzzles/minis are no-brainers. This is actually a pretty easy game to play - i never had to resort to the Strategy Guide or hint button in the harder play mode. But lack of hard core challenge- if that's what you're looking for - is more than compensated for by a storyline that grabs you, an immersive atmosphere, very good voiceovers, and positive creep factor. I was happy with the amount of playtime, & while the bonus play is good & does lend a bit more closure to the story, i'd think the SE would still be fine - 'specially since you're not going to get any extras like morphing objects, items to collect, or achievements in either version. I got it for sale price, otherwise i'd have been happy waiting for the SE due to lack of those mentioned game extras that i like in a CE (while concept art, wallpapers, etc, don't excite me at all). If you're looking for a nicely done "dark & eerie" game with a storyline that'll make you want to keep playing, i'd definitely recommend giving this one a try. Enjoy your gaming, folks!
January 13, 2013
Just completed the CE version of this game, and have to say the bonus game play was better than in many other games. Storyline was ok, but graphics and atmosphere made up for weak-ish plot. Worth my 2 game club credits.
January 23, 2013
Somewhere between good & OK
This game offers a long playing time with good adventure, HO'S and puzzles.
My issues with this game is once again we have endless rain to create the mood and atmosphere. Then, the graphics were done so that everything looks dirty. I realize you are playing in an abandoned area but more creativity could be used to solve that problem.
I loved the music and that is my favorite part of this game.
I purchased this CE on sale and don't feel it's worth full price. Get the SE instead.
January 20, 2013
After just completing the trial I decided that I have to buy this game. I love games with a modern storyline, although the s/l in this game is sort of dry, the adventure and puzzles are enough to keep ones interest held. Some of the scenes are a bit over-cluttered so be sure to focus that 'special gaze' when hunting for hidden objects.
December 23, 2012
Gloomy, but captivating
This game is very gloomy and creepy especially at the beginning. But it was the storyline that pulled me in and I had to buy.
Graphics are somewhat washed out, but it fits the story and places.
Lots to do however HOGs are very repetitive. This game as already mentioned has one of the best stories.
It has a map, not interactive, but it helps you with figuring out where to go next.
It is of good length and the bonus is just as good.
I just wish, being a CE, it should have had a few more bells and whistles, but nevertheless, good game, never got boring.
December 24, 2012
Voice From Beyond?
Based on trial
2 levels, casual & expert
I turned off sound because I found it slightly annoying, but that is personal taste
Clear graphics, however, I found the characters somewhat stiff when they moved
Interactive HOS and not too many of them, which was a plus for me
Fast hint button, another plus
Map, not interactive though. so a fair bit of back and forth
You have proposed to your girlfriend but have to delay your wedding because someone breaks into your house and destroys a photo album of you both. Then a note arrives from your girlfriend's brother, begging her to come back to their childhood home. The only problem: he has been dead for fifteen years.
Of course you both go...
Interesting game with just enough creep, good variety of puzzles, and enough of a challenge to keep me playing the full hour.
A buy for me!
December 23, 2012
Relaxing interesting game
A very smooth game, relaxing, not real hard but holds your interest. Graphics are good and I liked the story line. Puzzles are pretty easy but does not take away from the game. I played the complete demo and will buy the game.
December 23, 2012
Well, everyone else has pretty much said it all. Excellent graphics and game play. I liked the combo HOGs for a little change now and then without being over done. Music is nice, games simple.
The only thing I really did care for is the SG, and this is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars. I really don't like to decipher a picture and try to figure out where something is in a scene. I much prefer written instructions, or at least a little written instruction.
Anyway, this was a very nice game. Looks to be a nice length as well. I need to think about this a bit before I decide to buy or not...mostly because of the SG. I'm sure I will probably end up getting it anyway.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for it at all. Thanks for the reviews....Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2012
Really enjoyed this game!
This game was one of the few that kept my interest and I finished to the end! In my opinion, one worth purchasing, as it is one I will enjoy playing again!
February 20, 2013
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