True Fear: Forsaken Souls Collector's Edition
Not a CE, needs a patch to improve programming, good story
True Fear: Forsaken Souls
Developed by Goblinz
Review based on demo
IN THE BEGINNING...
After awakening from a horrific nightmare, you receive a letter from your estranged twin sister. She writes that there are things about your past you don't know, and invites you to her house. When you arrive, the house looks as if it's been abandoned for decades. To your horror, you discover the windows nailed shut from the inside, notes from your sister about an asylum, and the image of a creepy spectre on the premises.
Who is Dahlia, and where is your sister? What does the asylum have to do with any of this? And why is the basement door at your sister's house padlocked shut, and her bedroom barricaded? These and many other strange enigmas await your investigative skills if you are to discover your family history.
PLAY THE GAME...
Standard adventure mode consisting of exploration, finding and using of items, unlocking of doors and boxes, and the like. HO scenes are interactive in two ways: red items on the list require an action, and muted items on the list are located in a zoomed-in area. Puzzles are familiar and simple.
Graphics are somewhat dated, as well as muted and gloomy which, I guess, befits the theme of abandoned house. Animation, including posers, is fairly well done. The "stop motion" spectre (who resembles Samarra from "The Ring") is quite creepy.
The music is very "horror movie" rather than "casual game." Lots of moody strings, strident accents, and sounds to keep you on edge. Voiceovers are okay. For an abandoned, creepy house, I found the environmental sounds lacking. No creaking doors, muted voices, or strange footsteps.
The map transports and shows areas with available actions. The journal keeps track of the story, notes, and clues. I did find that "full screen" did not work on my MacBook. When I tried using it, a portion of the scene was off the bottom of the screen, making the game unplayable except in windowed mode.
Extras include a bonus game, SG, and the developer's portfolio of sights and sounds. Not nearly enough to qualify this game for CE status, in my opinion.
THE LAST WORD?
I admit I am extremely curious as to how the story will play out, and I do love a good horror game. However, the lack of full screen functionality, slow loading, unresponsive cursor, basic gameplay, no worthwhile extras except the bonus game, and the fact that many reviewers said this game ends abruptly in a "to be continued" fashion make this a "no" for me. I'll probably pick up the SE with a PCC, but I don't recommend the CE. I do recommend that this dev work on their gameplay and programming.
March 11, 2014
When i saw the demo for this i thought i have to try this. Im not one for scary movies but something about this game made me want to try it.
Unfortunately i was a little disappointed with it. Yes the music and that gives a little chill in the spine and u might jump a little when the weird girl pops up in front of you but it was so drawn out. i felt like i was going back and forth between the same rooms constantly and when i finally got finished in the childhood home something then pops up to tell me that its to be continued and the next installment is not until the fall of this year!
Seriously?? I really wanted so much more from this game. I play a lot of big fish games and to be honest ive played a lot more difficult and gripping ones than this.
I think ill wait when the next installment comes out as a standard edition before wasting money on the collectors one.
Its worth a look at but really i think they could have done so much more with it.
March 4, 2014
A great game, but..
When i first saw this game i was almost going bananas, because it seem'd so great, so it is my own fault, i was a bit disappointed about it.
At first - TF: Forsaken Souls is a GREAT game, worth trying.
But there is a few things about it, i didn't really like:
At first the storyline is a bit messy, and you have a feeling of reading a book you already have read twice.
All this about a sister you didn't know you had and a sister there was going insane - And what was all that with the girl in Heathers house? This lead just to the other thing, i dislike:
I CAN'T COMPLETE THE GAME.
I didn't got the thing i needed after finishing a HO, and i have tried and tried to get it but i just can't. And this happened in the final chapter - It is like (again) reading a book and when it is at it's climax, bam, the last pages are gone.
And i bought this game, so really, it sucks.
But that isn't a part of my review of this game, because it has nothing to do with the gameplay, storyline, etc. But it is a error. (A fatal one)
Then there is only one thing back, and that is the music.
Honestly i normally love the soundtracks to BFG, but this one was at time so annoying that i needed to turn the sound off. But other time it was very great and clicked right to the situation.
And now to all the good things:
BEAUTIFUL graphics and great, yet creepy, locations -
HO' scenes there don't last forever -
The comments, you will see when you click at several things are funny and suitable -
Epic clips/scenes -
Not as scary as it seems. I spend about 3 hours on it.
ALL IN ALL - A good game, you defiantly should try!
But all after what you like, not a must-have game.
March 5, 2014
This game has so much potential!
I was finally happy to see a game for an adult with no pets or a fantasy cartoony game. If the graphics were just a tad more realistic without the cartoonish overtone and if you get rid of the bugs in the game play I would have enjoyed playing this game! I hope this developer makes more games in the future, but just fixes these problems. I would love to see more games like this!
March 2, 2014
Pass.... wait for the SE
I really wanted to like this game. I love gritty graphics and story lines. I felt like maneuvering around was a challenge. During the trial period the game froze on me twice and I had to reboot to get out of it and start again.
Certainly not worth the trouble. I was very disappointed.
March 1, 2014
I'm glad I got this one on sale for under 5 bucks. I did find it enjoyable but for what they are charging for it it is way too short and the puzzles really aren't very challenging. Storyline was good but ended in the middle so you'll buy the sequel which I have always found obnoxious in games, books, and movies.
March 5, 2014
YOU HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL FALL 2014 TO GET THE NEXT CHAPTER!!!
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME AND BONUS CHAPTER.
Everybody else has written about this game and done it much better than I probably could except only one other person has mentioned the most crucial negative to this game.... YOU WON'T GET THE END OF THIS STORY IN THIS GAME. It ends VERY ABRUPTLY and you have to wait until fall 2014 for the next part. NOT FAIR!! I wasn't going to write a review, but I honestly thought you all should be warned of this.
I would suggest you wait for the SE and SAVE YOUR MONEY.
March 6, 2014
CREEPY CRAWLY FEELING ARISES
There are enough reviews which tell the story, so I won't repeat.
Very spooky - seeing the dead people being dragged away was really creepy. I was somewhat disappointed that the environment had a dismal appearance. Just because the topic is scary doesn't mean the localities have to be dull and drab. Otherwise, the graphics were okay - dreary makes it difficult to show crisp and detailed artwork because of the color palette.
Long on adventure - short on HOS. Puzzles are not too difficult. I like this kind of game; I just think others have done a better job of kick-starting interest in the story and keeping it at a rather high level. But there's nothing really wrong with the game - just personal preference.
CE: I thought it odd that you couldn't see what extras the CE offered. It was only through playing that you found out there were achievements and collectibles. I'm assuming the bonus game, wallpapers, et al appear at the end of gameplay.
March 8, 2014
good game but slightly dissapointed
Was a brill game lots of puzzles which were hard but not impossible, I was disappointed on the ending of the game, having to wait until fall (autumn) 2014 for next instalment, and the bonus chapter ended with you wanting more and you wondering why it ended so quickly
March 7, 2014
I play a lot, and I mean a lot of Big Fish games and they usually work just fine, but this game could've just a week more with the programmers. A lot of bugs that made me loose fokus on the game itself. I liked the story but for a collector's edition game it was pretty short wasn't it? I think this game, with a little work, could've been much better.
March 1, 2014