The Lake House: Children of Silence Collector's Edition
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
Locks, keys and statues
This is an average game with a simple plain gameplay. It does not really feature anything new. The storyline felt very artificial and farfetched. The entire gameplay is about finding locks of all kinds of shapes and putting them into right places to unlock even more keys for other locks of other shapes. HOSes are simple but impossible to find in the expert mode because they do not sparkle and you have to simply click back and forth to find where they are. Very trivial game that takes you back to 2009 with all its features.
February 8, 2013
A childhood of pitfalls, and unfortunately, potholes.
I really really wanted to love this game. And if you are more prone to play games based on the graphics and mini games alone, not the actual story line then you will LOVE this game. But I love games for the stories themselves, which is why I was severely let down in this game.
I am not going to reveal anything in this review that would spoil the plot at all, but for the first time I wish I could...I can say that the plot involves a mystery that is completely ruined within the first hour by an anonymous voice that is completely recognizable. The end, while satisfactory, does NOT explain how it would be possible for the events to unfold the way they had over the years, even with the magic and fantasy thrown in. Completely non-existant mystery ruined by the voice overs...and the one part that I wanted explained at the end made absolutely NO logical sense. Details in the game were illogical...a loving tight-knit family that would allow their children to endanger themselves within view of the back of the house? Really? One family's heart ache drives an entire prosperous town to ruin? Even as a fantasy style game...I was completely uninspired and frustrated by it.
This game tries very very hard to be a physiological childhood angst game but any person looking for a game that gets them involved in the characters and stories will be sorely sorely disappointed.
However, the graphics were wonderful, the mini games were great and some were a bit new or different which was nice, the flashbacks themselves were handled with a twist, and the HOs were the normal junk piles.
If you want a game for the adventure/HO, by all means, this is a great great game. If you want a game that is plausible and connects you to the story and has surprises thrown at you, no. Still recommending because of the length and puzzles.
October 24, 2013
voices out of sync
This game is like many other games of this genre. A young woman must visit an old abandoned house from her childhood and finds it full of surprises.
The one big problem I had with this one was the voices were way out of sync. This was quite annoying.
If they fix that glitch the game will be okay.
January 29, 2013
Over-Rated, but I still liked
This game has been getting mainly positive reviews. After playing for myself, I did not like this game as much as the others, but I thought it was still alright.
(based on demo, casual)
Storyline is good. It was a little boring at first, but there is a nice twist near the end of the demo.
HOS were good, contained "extra step objects" and were challenging.
You obtain a tape recorder partly through the game and can play film strips through it. This gave me extra insight in to the backstory.
Graphics were good, everything was clear.
At 30 seconds, the hint recharged at a good speed.
A bit of going back and forth #back tracking#
Puzzles. I liked a few, but others I didn't.
Game has a map #which you have to find# but you cannot jump between locations.
If you use the hint and an arrow comes up, I found that the hint was unable to be used for a short period of time. This really annoyed me because I didn't have to wait in other games.
In one HOS, You have to use a torch #flashlight# to look around for the objects. This was an extra challenge that I did not enjoy because it was time-consuming.
So I must say that, while I still enjoyed the game, I believe it to be over-rated. It isn't as good as the reviews said, and I won't be purchasing, but I do recommend the trial.
January 5, 2013
Was Simply Okay
Decent way to waste a couple hours. Some parts (sand box area) were absolutely impossible!! I think the story-line has been done repeatedly. I wouldn't recommend anyone purchase this and I'm really wishing that I didn't.
January 13, 2013
I really tried to like this game after reading all the reviews & I am afraid it was so disappointing to me, I have dozens of CE's & this is right at the bottom of my list,thank goodness I got it as a 2 for 1 offer,am glad I did not spend money for it.
For me it was boring & dull & I was truly happy when it ended.
February 20, 2013
Other than the very nice graphics, this game is like all the others. Go somewhere, find a key to unlock a door that leads you somewhere else, until you need another key, etc. The HOS were fairly easy, in fact, most HOS in games have you looking for the same stuff. Could someone come up with more esoteric items? The plot is almost nothing: trying to free someone who has been captured by an evil person. These types of games are too long, and tedious. I can play only so long before I have to turn it off.
January 22, 2013
Not that great, sadly!
As a #1 game i had great expectations...turns out I was,,,,, Bored! Some things too simplistic, others too obtuse. Too much dependence on Hint Button, progress thru the game not intuitive for me - had to constantly hit Hint to see where to go next. Entire game seem contrived and forced....in context of the story, elements seem to be included not for a reason but just to give another puzzle to solve. Worse yet, I was able to figure out the end game before the finish.
January 6, 2013
IT WAS DEPRESSING AND BORING.
I couldn't wait to be finished. I debated about just deleting it but I'd paid for a CE. Graphics were very noticeably depressing. Grey, dirty atmosphere. Dirty filthy looking broken down cars and buildings. I thought..."and I paid to be depressed?" The storyline was also a downer about the death of a child. It made me very sad. I wish I could have gotten my money back. Had to use the hint button a lot because the story didn't flow well for the player to have some kind of idea of there own as to where to go next. Good voiceovers and cut scenes. Technically well done. But I do not understand how it got to be number one for so many weeks. That was what influenced me to buy it. Probably the worst game for me in the past year.
May 27, 2013