By Phoenix Online Studios
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Take on the role of Erica Reed, a Boston FBI agent with the power to see the past, in this intense adventure game as she follows the trail of four different serial killers, and a series of clues left for someone with her specific ability. Who’s leaving the clues? How do they know her secret, and what do they want from her?
Find out what the fate of Erica's brother is in the exciting first episode entitled: The Hangman.Get Erica's power under control as you go face to face against a dark serial killer as Erica risks her own life to uncover the mystery behind The Hangman!
Developed by a true “indie dream team”, the line-up includes comics artist Romano Molenaar (Batman, Witchblade, Tomb Raider, X-Men) as Art Director and renowned adventure game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter, and the upcoming Moebius) lending her expertise as Story Consultant.
Engrossing, but hard to play
Even though the plot was similar to many adventure games (capture a killer, save your sibling), this one stood out. Possibly because of the characters' constant cursing! But also because of the buildup of tension, atmospheric music, and dynamic (yet not very high-quality) animation. I appreciated the touch of humor on the phone menu.
There are also big issues. The lag between scenes is so long I initially thought the game had crashed. The controls are clunky. Some dialogue could be skipped, while other parts couldn't. I wasn't able to save after the first two times (even though I deleted my previous saves, in case space was an issue). The game quit each time I switched applications (so I could check walkthroughs on the web) and without the ability to save I had to repeat several parts. The characters also have distracting highlights around them that contrast with the dark backgrounds, making them look like a poor cut/paste job.
If it weren't so tedious to navigate and if it automatically stored your progress, I'd consider purchasing the full version. It's nice to play a more adult themed adventure game.
Captured my imagination right away!
Four words, Jane Jensen story consultant! After a long Kickstarter campaign and lots of anticipation this game really delivers. The story and characters pull you in immediately and the ending just leaves you wanting more. I just finished the episode and literally can not wait for the next one to come out.
The only draw back to this game is that it can be glitchy and it does not auto save your game so make sure you SAVE OFTEN. It only force closed on me once and I had saved so much that I didn't lose much of my progress. Also sometimes the loading times when transitioning from scene to scene can take a bit long but I would wait a half hour for it to load, that's how much I loved this game.
*I just wanted to pass along the one major bug I found. When you are investigating the first crime scene you will have to use your intuition in a couple of places. When I played the game and turned on my intuition the blood spatter was not an option that I could click on but you need to select to move the game forward. However, you CAN select it but it just won't show up with the blue mist around it.
Hope that helps someone else since I was stuck for a bit.
Now go buy this game!
Crashes on 1st gen ipad after opening cinematic.
- Category: Games
- Released: Feb 28, 2013
- Version: 1
- Size: 363 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Phoenix Online Studios LLC
- © Phoenix Online Studios LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.