The first Phantasmat game was an instant classic, ERS-G kind of ruined the second one and then Eipix is back on the rescue with the third one. Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville is the fourth Phantasmat installment, the second developed by Eipix and it turned out to be quite impressive.
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Name: Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville Collector's Edition
Release Date: 10 July 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
One of the strongest aspects of The Dread of Oakville is its suspenseful storyline. Just like the original Phantasmat, the story is pretty obscure at first. However, it keeps you excitedly guessing with it, especially with the identity of the mysterious Mr. Nightingale. Moreover, the story of The Dread of Oakville is full with juicy twists and turns; some can be slightly weird, but definitely unexpected.
The art and audio team also deserve some kudos. Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville is meant to be a creepy game and it excellently portrays that through its fantastic visuals. Most of the scenes are relatively dark, which add to the suspense of the game. As expected, there are some disturbing elements in the game, as well as a couple of jump scares - The Dread of Oakville is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The background soundtracks are composed particularly well, they sound satisfyingly chilling.
Despite the awesome storyline and the top-notch production, the game falls a little short when it comes to gameplay. While there are many objects to collect and many areas of interest in each location, most of the tasks are straightforward. The puzzles come with some pleasant twists; but again, they are incredibly easy as well. The hidden object scenes are more entertaining since they are highly interactive and almost like mini-games in themselves - fun, creative and somewhat challenging.
There are no special features included in the game. Thus, experienced players would probably fly through the whole game in just about 3 and a half hours. Luckily, as if to make up for its lack of challenge, the Collector's Edition featured a whole lot of extras.
Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville might not be True Fear's level of terrifying, but it is indeed creepy in its own right. Apart from the no-brainer gameplay, Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville is actually a really well-crafted game.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars