Paranormal State: Poison Spring
wow! what a brill game. a bit of running around,but,didnt spoil it for me. please say there is a follow-up,or at least,more games by this creator? v.o`s were great,music spooky,but not annoying.
October 30, 2013
Good not hokie
I liked this game alot. Some of the games are a little childish and hokie. This was not. Interesting and had a little challenge to it
November 11, 2013
Enjoyed the game, but irritating at some points
First of all, I do not know the TV show on which this game is based, so I purely judge it as the game it is.
You are a new member of a team of paranormal investigators and you are investigating some paranormal events in a museum or memorial park.
However, the other members of the team are not really team players. In fact, they do not much, except from ordering you around. They themselves do not seem to investigate a lot, and are sitting/standing around idle mostly. Moreover, they do not treat you very kind. You fall through a floor into a basement, and instead of helping you (or at least asking if you are alright), they walk away and let you figure out yourself how to escape from this trap. And when you try to ask them something, they either ignore you, say something useless or even snap at you (do not bother us, we are having an interview right now!). Ouch! Welcome to the team..
So, it was not very clear to me why this team was there. In fact, you have to do all the investigating yourself
The voice-overs were well done, but the characters are not animated (they do not even move their lips when they speak) and that makes their presence even more obsolete. They really do not add much to the gameplay or the story.
The grapics are well done, clear and the colours are nice.
The HOS are list-based with some interactive finds in each list. They are not too challenging,although some of the interactions (where you have to use one or more other objects to find the object needed) can require some thought.
You get some equipment (EMF-meter, infrared camera, etc) which you have to use from time to time. I did not care much for them, they did not seem to add much to the gameplay en the one gizmo where you had to adjust the frequency, was very difficult to manipulate.
When combining objects (i.e. in an interactive HOS), the placement is very precise and you very often have to try several times to find the right spot to get it accepted.
There is a map in your journal, but it is no jump-map. There is one on a bulltin board in the park, which means that you always have to go there whenever you want to jump to another location.
The puzzles are fairly simple and straight forward. Nothing new there.
The storyline itself is interesting, but it could have been more original. It claims to be a paranormal story, but to be quite honest, there are many similarities to all the games that deal with old curses, lost amulets, magical objects that need to be found and assembled, magical ingredients that need to be found to perform the "last ritual", etc.
All in all it is a nice game to play, but for a next issue, more real paranormal suspence in stead of having to find magical staffs and amulets and having to burn magical herbs and stuff, would be an improvement.
Nevertheless, I look forward to the next episode!
July 17, 2014
Really enjoyed this game...
Released for the Mac today I liked the trial hour, so bought it. Whole game without skipping any puzzles took 5 hours to complete.
Played extreme mode, so don't know if you could jump about via the map in other modes (couldn't in my chosen mode). Hint system was excellent, so no need for SG or walkthrough.
The HOPs were really fun, and although quite a few of them the added extras of the items making funny noises was a welcome change. Also very interactive, so took a while to fathom them out.
Puzzles fairly easy, but liked most of them.
Storyline silly, but then that's what I expect from a game.
This is well worth a d/l, and I'm sure (whatever your skill level), you'll have fun with this one! Better than some CEs. and great value for money.
A bit picky cursor on the Mac in HOPs. Couple of times thought I wouldn't progress, but after clicking all over the object, it finally registered!
January 15, 2014
Lorraine Warren's Arrival Was My Favorite Part!
For those of you who aren't familiar with her she is a clairvoyant and her husband Ed was the only non-ordained person the church has ever approved for an exorcism. There is a movie out currently featuring the two paranormal investigators. However, there was something about this game that didn't blow my socks off. It was okay, but nothing to write home about either. The graphics were clear, the characters lifelike but no lip movement as they talked. There is a map but you can't use it for traveling there. The HOS were just piles of junk and again no wow factor. I even found myself skipping most of the mini games, turn the knobs to match the picture but when you turn one knob others move as well. This game is okay, it's not a waste of time, but they could have made this game fantastic because of the interesting topic of paranormal investigating.
October 29, 2013
From A Non-Viewer
Based On Demo
Good quality production was my first thought. Nice crisp and realistic grahics, good voice, different take n the paranormal theme. You are the newest member of an investigative agency dealing with supernatural phenomena.
For me, dealing with so many fellow investigaters became a bit irritating, it slowed down the action and distracted me. If you know the show, I'm guessing that won't be a problem.
Most of your energies so far have been spent on getting to know the job and practical tasks - in other words, adventure. The HOP are an interactive list with more action than most and with some items needed to be found to uncover others. The puzzles are medium to easy so far.
There is a good interactive map but not a transporter, and only accessed from the journal. Hint is directional. I know there's no Strategy Guide yet, but I think most people will be able to play without it.
Famous Last Words
A nice supernatural whodunit and playing with a team certainly makes it different.
October 29, 2013
Great topic but something was lacking!
A different approach to this game than most and at first I was not sure I would even continue with the demo. Something propelled me on and I can honestly say that overall I enjoyed it.
The graphics were crisp and clear, and music suited the suspenseful atmosphere of the subject matter. Although there was no lip movement the voices were well acted and for the most part realistic in delivery. Not a lot of challenge in the mini games but HO scenes offered some interesting things to make them fun. Along with the interactive pieces there were at times sound effects that accompanied an item to be located once it was clicked on, eg: paw print followed by a dog woof, a noose followed by a scream.
The use of an EMF (electromagnetic force) reader helped to locate and reveal the dead energy on the headless spirits in the Church. That I found interesting. Also bringing in a real person in the field of paranormal activity (Lorraine) helped to authenticate the story. Intriguing enough to hold your interest long enough to discover the outcome but a bit slow at times getting there.
Lots of potential to this story however, I feel there was more that could have been done and/or changed to enhance it's execution and thereby make it a fantastic game.
October 29, 2013
From a Non-Viewer
I'm not familiar with this TV show. Didn't know it was a TV show until I read the other reviews. You have 2 modes to choose to play - expert or casual. There is a lot of dialogue that you cannot skip through unless you skip the entire conversation. You are the newest member of the paranormal team investigating a haunting in Poison Spring Arkansas. There were quite a few very simplistic HOS. I did encounter puzzles and I was very confused as to what to do. I solved them by trial and error as I saw no directions. Everything is small. The cursor, the magnifying glass, etc. I'm not a fan of that. The story and game play was very disjointed for me. You are constantly being interrupted by the other investigators with talk talk talk. You get a map but I'm not sure if it's a jump map or not. The game was just poorly put together for my taste and hard to follow and keep interested. I would not recommend this game.
October 29, 2013
Title Sounds Sooo Promising
Give me paranormal, skeletons, ghosts, etc. for a Hidden Object game and I'm there!..This game title sounded very promising, but once I started playing the demo, I knew it wasn't for me...It would be an ok game for advanced beginner/intermediate player, but graphics are very flat, and "where to go" isn't clear...Like the characters, the storyline, hint button fairly good, but even with that in its favor, it couldn't hold my interest...
October 30, 2013
A LITTLE BORING
I found this game a little on the boring side; the music didn't help and was a constant tempo. Some of the activity (like the apparent abduction of the curator as you arrive) screamed for a more compelling tempo. The story was interesting but the gameplay did not fully capture the potential.
STORY: You've recently joined the Paranormal Research Society which is investigating paranormal activity in a museum of a civil war memorial in Poison Spring. You find and capture instances of the paranormal activity, with the help of an older psychic.
GAMEPLAY: Adventure game with a good balance of HOS and puzzles. The HOS are quite crowded, but you can eventually find the objects; the color palettes are on the mono side, so it makes the object searches harder to differentiate items. The puzzles were well varied in complexity; you need to have some dexterity for some of them. Graphics are okay - not the brightest and clearest, but adequate.
March 25, 2014