The Lake House: Children of Silence Collector's Edition
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
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
Potential for greatness, but falls flat
Once again, I am confused by the high scores given this game and others like it. Either I am very picky or others are decidedly un-picky, but whichever the case may be, The Lake House falls short of what could easily have been an amazing gaming experience.
The audio-visual experience is good, but definitely not extraordinary in any way. The background music is definitely sombre and melancholy, befitting the sombre and melancholy storyline, but it isn't anything we haven't heard before. The visuals, while crisp and colorful in their clarity, also are nothing that the player hasn't seen before.
I enjoyed the Hidden Object scenes. They were reasonably challenging, if somewhat predictable. In the developers' defence, it is next to impossible to do something radically different with a genre like this - everything that is available to do has already been done.
As in any great adventure, the key to success is in the story itself and this is where I feel the developers let us down. Given the backstory #of which I won't delve into# this game had the potential to be something really good - really eerie and extremely creepy - and the story should have been fleshed out to be more realistic. Understandably, when playing games, one should be prepared to suspend their logical thinking to a degree, but the level of this required for The Lake House to resonate is just impossible for anyone over the age of 10.
The dialogue of the characters themselves is particularly painful to witness. It's as though all consideration went into the technicality of proper mouth movements for certain words...but no one gave a moments thought to what was being said. I am not sure if this was a game developed abroad, but if so, I would expect some form of translation quality assurance standards being met somewhere. English is not an easy language to translate into, as The Lake House beautifully illustrates with tragic #and/or laughable# results.
The Lake House: Children of Silence could have been - and should have been IMO - a really amazing game for us adults with a heartbreaking yet compelling story. What it turned out to be was another one of those "meh, whatever" types of games that are quickly forgotten after they are played.
May 11, 2014