Name: Paranormal State: Poison Spring
Release Date: 30 October 2013
Developer: Teyon/Legacy Games
Paranormal State: Poison Spring is the latest addition to Legacy's line of TV-inspired Hidden Object Adventure game. If you love the TV series, Paranormal State - this game would not disappoint you!
We have never watched the show ourselves so we do not know how similar the game feels compared to the original series. However, we think the developer did a pretty good job on the setting, design and storyline since the characters look exactly the same as the actors in the series and the creepy atmosphere is there in the game. You and your detective folks are being called to Poison Spring Park, an eerie place haunted by spirits from an ancient Civil War. Paranormal State: Poison Spring knows how to play with people's nerves, there are few jump-scares but the most important thing is that the game feels really real and the setting is very eerie. The storyline is very exciting with thrilling actions to keep our hearts pumping.
The graphics are clear and realistic, many scenes are a little dark and foggy though. The music is spooky as it should be and the sound effects are off to a good use. However, we found the voice overs to be pretty cheesy and too slow sometimes; characters do not move their lips when they speak which annoyed us time to time.
One major problem that drags this game down is the game's way-too-easy gameplay. All the tasks are nothing to be excited about and the whole game is too straightforward most of the times. The Hidden Object scenes are junk-piles and are pretty dull, puzzles are nothing original, in fact, they are all fairly easy. There is a map offered, it shows you where to go next but it does not allow you to travel directly to that location so you must rely on your feet. It is quite a pain as the game's control is not very good, the cursor is far too tiny that misclicking comes to problem very often. There is one interesting feature though, which is the EMF meter or basically, a spirit detector which will occasionally pops up for you to use.
All in all, Paranormal State is a creepy game that is a joy to play if you do not mind the lack of challenge and some other troublesome issues.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 3/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
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