The Lake House: Children of Silence Collector's Edition
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
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
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
Good, Solid Game
The game play was not too challenging but enough to keep you interested. HOS were easy.
The story was interesting but had some things that were not very believable, such as a swing for the children that hung over a deep ravine in which they could easily fall to their death.
The game was long and so was the bonus chapter. The bonus was not necessary but helped to explain the origins of the mask.
Voice overs and graphics were nice and the music was pleasant.
I thought it was worth buying the CE.
May 30, 2014
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