WordPress database error: [Table './db97824_wp/wp_comments' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]
DESC wp_comments

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /nfs/c06/h02/mnt/97824/domains/alexanderlucard.com/html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/briansthreadedcomments.php on line 96

WordPress database error: [Table './db97824_wp/wp_comments' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]

WordPress database error: [Table './db97824_wp/wp_comments' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]
DESC wp_comments

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /nfs/c06/h02/mnt/97824/domains/alexanderlucard.com/html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/briansthreadedcomments.php on line 105

Review #517

The Curse of Shadow House
Developer: Hidden Treasure Games
Publisher: Hidden Treasure Games
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: 08/12/2013

The Curse of Shadow House is a first person point and click adventure game from new developer Eric Shofe. I was one of 241 Kickstarter backers for this project and it’s the only iOS game to date that I’ve backed. With an original release date of Nov 2012, Eric learned firsthand why some many release dates are pushed back. It’s now available for the iPhone and iPad with a price tag of only 99 cents. For fans of games like Shadowgate and The 7th Guest, The Curse of Shadow House looked to be an incredible deal for anyone who loved first person point and click titles. After playing through the game three times, with two of the playthrough being met by game braking bugs that forced me to restart, I have to say the while the game it atmospheric, fun and a worthy addition to any point and click fan’s collection, it did need a bit more work before being released to the public. Here’s hoping for that patch to come soon!

You play as a nameless female protagonist who has been abducted into Shadow House because you bear more than a passing resemblance to the late wife of man who lives there. Of course when I say man, I mean vampire and when I say abducted I mean bitten and infected with vampirism. Now you have to not only find your way out of the house but also find a way to transform back before fully becoming one of the undead. Along the way you’ll discover a lot of Alexander (the name of the vampire who bit you)’s back story via journal pages. These pages will also help you solve some of the many puzzles you’ll encounter in the game.

There aren’t a lot of characters to interact with in Shadow House, as you will mainly be moving back and forth between locations and solving puzzles. Most of the dialogue in the game is internal monologue and so most of the story comes from those journal pages or by seeing what your character thinks when she looks at things or tries to use objects. The story of Shadow House isn’t going to blow you away with its narrative, but it’s very atmospheric and it’s a nice homage back to the golden era of point and click adventure games. If you’re looking for a well told horror adventure game to while away a few hours or so of your time on your iOS device, then The Curse of Shadow House is definitely worth looking into, especially with the low price tag.

Visually Shadow House looks like an adventure game from the mid 1990s. Almost all of the visuals are static meaning animation is rare. This isn’t uncommon for adventure games, but know that going in or you may be disappointed. Background models look quite nice and there’s a lot of detail to the static images. Character models are a bit odd with the heads being pictures of actual people slapped on the heads of digital bodies. It’s an odd juxtaposition and while it works, it is a bit primitive to be sure. I was happy with what I saw on my iPhone and the visuals are on par with most games you can get for an iOS system, but compared to a PC or console game, the visuals are a bit dated. Again though, it’s a ninety-nine cent game made by a single person. If you go in looking for top notch AAA visuals, you’re not very smart.

The aural aspects of Shadow House is where the game really signs. It boasts a terrific piano based sound track that is one haunting melody after another. I just loved each of the tracks and you can listen to most of them in the “Music” section of the game. It’s too bad one of the Kickstarter backer rewards wasn’t a MP3 collection of these tracks. The sound effects are equally good as they sound quite realistic and they range from the digging up of wet earth with a shovel to the crack of lighting or the howl of a wolf. For an extremely cheap budget game, I was constantly impressed by the audio quality here and it alone may be reason for some of you to pick this game up.

Now for the gameplay. Like most point and click games, you’ll be touching the screen as if your finger was a mouth to interact with things. Click on an object to see if your character says anything about it or to add it to your inventory. Click on a door or opening to move that way, click on a puzzle to activate it, click on a person to talk to them and so on. It’s fairly straight forward. If you’ve ever played an adventure game, than you know the drill here. Unfortunately the game is chock full of bugs that can kill your playthrough. In two of my three playthroughs I had items disappear from my inventory that were needed to advance in the game. Once it was a cap with the word SON on it for example and another time it was a shovel. I’ve heard reports of other disappearing objects, but this is a bug that will drive many to frustration if they don’t realize what has happened. My advice is wait for a patch to come out. Hopefully it will be available by the time this review goes live, but as of yet, it’s not been approved by Apple. Another bug is that sometime your achievements will not show up in the game proper, but will show up on iOS’ game center. This happened with the “Being Brett Bozeman” achievement. So while the game is quite fun, it really did neat to be put through the wringer a while longer before being made available to the public. The end result it a game that will suck you in but then drive you nuts when you have to restart from the beginning through no fault of your own.

Replaywise, The Curse of Shadow House is very much a “one and done” affair. By this I mean, you play through it once and you know exactly what will happen each time you play the game from then on. There is no deviation and it’s very linear, so while this might disappoint some gamers, this is standard for the adventure game genre and you should go in expecting this. There are reasons to come back to the game however. There are two hidden collectibles – one for Shadowgate and one for Tex Murphy in the game. They do nothing except give you achievement points but it’s something to keep your eye out for. As well, you can access four other features besides the core game. There is “Piano” which lets you play a piano (Shocking, I know!), “Mini Games,” which lets you play other games like rolling a ball through a labyrinth or using the Crystal ball for fun faux fortune telling, “Music,” which lets you listen to eight tracks from the game and “Special” where you can see the credits and a list of the Kickstarter backers. So while Shadow House is a bit lacking in the replay value, there are reasons to come back to it above and beyond the usual adventure game.

Basically for ninety-nine cents, you’re getting an homage to classic adventure games. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel and it’s a fairly straightforward experience, but it’s very atmospheric and a lot of fun to play through. The visuals, gameplay and especially the music are well above what you would expect from the price tag, and although the game does have some bugs that can ruin your playthrough, an update should fix these quite easily. When that happens, The Curse of Shadow House should be a definite purchase for any fan of the genre with an iOS device. The puzzles are pretty cut and dry but no less for fun for it. When the game gets patched, it will easily be one of the better adventure games available for iOS devices. I had a hard time putting it down until the bugs hit and I’d happily playthrough it again once it’s patched to see how much smoother the affair is. Again, getting The Curse of Shadow House for under a dollar is an amazing deal and one well worth owning. I’m proud to have backed this game and I can’t wait to see what else emerges from Hidden Treasure games.

The Scores:
Story: 5.5/10
Graphics: 5.5/10
Sound: 6.5/10
Control and Gameplay: 5.5/10
Replayability: 4/10
Balance: 7/10
Originality: 5/10
Addictiveness: 7/10
Appeal Factor: 5/10
Miscellaneous: 10/10
Total Score: 61
FINAL SCORE: 7.5 (Very Good Game!)

Short Attention Span Summary
The Curse of Shadow House is a wonderful homage to the classic first person point and click adventure games of the 80s and 90s. If you liked Shadowgate or Dracula: Resurrection, you will more than likely love this game. With a price tag of only ninety-nine cents, Shadow House is an amazing, albeit it linear deal that should make any adventure game fan happy. A warning though – the game is exceptionally buggy and you may have to restart from the beginning due to this. The good news is that the patch is scheduled to go live shortly (perhaps even by the time this review goes live), so you should have a much smoother experience with Shadow House than I did.

WordPress database error: [Table './db97824_wp/wp_comments' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]
SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_ID = '2015' AND comment_approved = '1' ORDER BY comment_date

WordPress database error: [Table './db97824_wp/wp_comments' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed]
SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_ID = '2015' AND comment_approved = '1' ORDER BY comment_date

RSS feed | Trackback URI

Comments »

No comments yet.

Name (required)
E-mail (required - never shown publicly)
Your Comment (smaller size | larger size)
You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

mare più bello di cipro risperdal risperidona solucion durata del viagra coumadin a stomaco pieno o vuoto augmentin generico costo abilify dopo quanto fa effetto clomid monitoraggio ovulazione farmaco arava effetti collaterali viagra sudorazione zyrtec antistaminico effetti collaterali viaggio offerta cipro obat viagra di apotik la vedova allegra mp3 gratis voltaren termal opinie diovan generic news bula voltaren gotas propranolol marca comercial ventolin e diabete allegra nome italiano tinta china o viagra mirtazapine citalopram combination association motilium et primperan como suspender risperdal triamcinolone acetonide ointment non prescription voltaren e feldene insieme triamcinolone acetonide drug test affittare auto cipro nord comprare viagra con contrassegno antimicotico orale diflucan voltaren pillerit voltaren termal cena propecia blocca la caduta cheaper escitalopram voltaren retard effet secondaire cialis prima del rapporto floxin fermenti lattici isoptin nella fibrillazione atriale bula da allegra d e zigarette liquid viagra voltaren compresse stomaco pieno inderal ipertensione risperdal spritze preis benzac controindicazioni dosaggio vermox sciroppo uso eccessivo cialis ma il levitra fa male tegretol 200 mg compresse a rilascio modificato levitra 10 mg orodispersibile costo dose cipro uncomplicated uti allegra liquido pediatrico allegra para rinite meteo a cipro ad aprile farmacia andorra viagra generico sintomi di astinenza da cymbalta conversion citalopram to escitalopram methotrexate e caduta dei capelli anafranil calo libido bactrim contra salmonella albenza golf percorso nizoral per la caduta dei capelli gravidanza indotta con clomid propranolol sociale fobie orlistat farmacia salcobrand inderal farmaco a cosa serve voltaren suppositories uses toprol lopressor metoprolol cipro tizanidine crestor a cosa serve triamcinolone acetonide solubility provera cramps but no period vistaril and risperdal furosemide sottocute rocaltrol 0.5 mcg feldene pomata controindicazioni bula allegra pediatrico 6 mg commenti su uso viagra lyrica e cymbalta insieme allegra scarpe milano orlistat da insonia voltaren tabletten und pille un sito sicuro per ordinare cialis naltrexone farmaco medicament risperdal 2mg quanto dure l'effetto del viagra viagra femenino cali methotrexate e vaccino antinfluenzale costo confezione di cialis risperidone metoclopramide casa allegra a cannaregio zoloft e altri medicinali prendere 2 cialis viagra le bon coin allegra 180 medicamento voltaren resinat ratiopharm mallanna movie allegra song lyrics minocin cura diabetes effetti collaterali zantac sciroppo quanto tempo prima va preso il cialis augmentin dosaggio minimo componente del voltaren vermox è mutuabile depo provera period loss viagra ci vuole la ricetta medica escitalopram to citalopram viagra effet cardiaque acquistare cialis in romania prodotto naturale simile al viagra arcoxia 90 mg indicazioni terapeutiche augmentin per ascesso dentale bufala allegra numero nombre generico diltiazem breve storia di cipro zoloft e pressione bassa zantac indicazioni terapeutiche cipro registration process voltaren gel for muscle spasms natural alternatives to escitalopram diflucan 100 mg dosaggio effetti voltaren punture viagra vente libre usa viagra $25 per pill cialis acquisto italia posologia de lopressor posologie prednisolone chez le chien ciprofloxacin pharmazie ampicillin chorioamnionitis bioidentical prednisone diflucan sospensione granulare zovirax generico crema durata cura abilify dulcolax stool softener colonoscopy prep escitalopram missed period risperdal composition chimique viagra pfizer acquisto labo risperdal cual nombre generico voltaren zoloft e anziani furosemide e potassio effet viagra coeur viagra rosa cos è associazione internazionale cavalieri di cipro voltaren dolo durchfall aciclovir crema si può usare in gravidanza cialis 10 mg effetti ventolin effetti collaterali bambini rci cipro viagra che si scioglie in bocca vermox senza prescrizione ristorante l'esca allegra empoli voltaren chez le chien icone di cipro methotrexate per artrite sieronegativa cosa vedere in cipro escitalopram tristeza chemistry allegra dolores mp3 voltaren amp novartis propranolol in ugib posologia feldene soluvel seroquel 25 e piano terapeutico escitalopram lt voltaren gel amma zoloft o sertralina generico motilium si anticonceptionale allegra d emagrece cialis consegna a domicilio parole chanson viagra metoprolol succ vs metoprolol tartrate orlistat meccanismo azione agricoltura di cipro chi prescrive il cialis promethazine codeine derivatives tinidazole peripheral neuropathy aerosol avec atrovent cialis curativo italia cipro voli la pela viagra dominicana risperdal lyf comprare levitra in italia densità cipro lariam dosaggio pediatrico clomid e perdite acquose remedio allegra 120mg resistenz gegen aciclovir tretinoin collagen elastin ciclo mestruale e clomid anafranil contre angoisse detrol la efficacy motilium oral suspension dosage zantac fiale prezzo fungsi prazosin diflucan 150 mg cosa serve cipro località sertraline and escitalopram nicosia cipro storia voltaren 50 mg rus ditropan incontinence urinaire can differin cause perioral dermatitis kamagra controindicazioni triamcinolone acetonide vs. hydrocortisone cream voltaren supp pediatric dose ora attuale cipro escitalopram cialis azione del viagra still no period after depo provera cipro silvestro genoa serevent ficha tecnica augmentin 1 gramo posologia voltaren otc us benzac serve ricetta detrol la commercial trattamento condilomi aldara viagra sirve metoprolol succ er 12.5 mg generico do amoxil bd finasteride funziona sul frontale ciprofloxacin mod salmonella aifa clopidogrel piano terapeutico zoloft meglio mattino o sera conversion solumedrol to prednisone carvedilol propranolol varices petechiae seroquel voltaren per donne incinta triamcinolone generic drug tronchetti provera e l'inter cipro turchia gas meclizine diarrhea alternative clindamycin zahn motilium suppositories dosage cartina di cipro in italiano finasteride per ipertrofia prostatica proventil po allegra italiano reglan bipolar disorder come somministrare diflucan strattera gehirndoping nizoral cream in india intossicazione da isoptin baclofen foglio illustrativo claritin loratadine india norvasc 10 mg costo elocon cream vs triamcinolone clomid gravidanze gemellari cipriani escitalopram andrologia e cialis vacanze cipro opinioni risperdal consta monograph le viagra efficace voltaren si alcool aciclovir crema e varicella aciclovir teratogenesis escitalopram 10 mg tab leg khasiat voltaren cream antialergico allegra pediatrico meglio voltaren o brufen nuovo farmaco sostitutivo coumadin effetti collaterali topamax 50 mg medco proventil quanto costa affittare una macchina a cipro caduta capelli con finasteride cialis nella cura della prostata trazodone generic price glibenclamide pioglitazone metformin cipro crisi finanziaria levitra e sport zoloft piano terapeutico metoclopramide neonates nitrofurantoin mono std prazosin hipertrofia prostatica benigna comprare cialis online illegale voltaren dolo 2 5 clomid migliora gli ovociti olimpiadi 2012 e viagra voltaren pomata indicazioni cialis utisci anticholinergic atrovent cialis e alcol effetti voltaren 25 mg magensaftresistente tabletten febbre e cialis a quoi sert le medicament zantac allegra d vs zyrtec d il ventolin fa male indicazioni terapeutiche naprosyn nome generico viagra ems allegra infantil dosis temperature isola di cipro risperdal 3 mg compresse diflucan sospensione come si prende preservatif viagra diovan und viagra migliori alberghi cipro clomid e gonasi ritardo endo voltaren gel viagra generico dalla germania osta viagra suomessa tricor pi pdf augmentin antibiotico bustine bambini cipro mare opinioni zoloft e pillola contraccettiva cipro antibiotic strong prezzo micardis 80 mg vimovo eller voltaren propecia causa infertilità prezzo generico augmentin principio attivo voltaren emulgel loratadine trazodone voltaren suppository mims nizoral tinea versicolor dose tartarato x succinato de metoprolol appartamenti senator cipro hotel cipro sulla spiaggia kamagra ricetta propranolol quelle dose prezzo voltaren pomata risperdal ultrafarma mobic compresse indicazioni fabrizio allegra varallo sesia triamcinolone acetonide in orabase uk abilify e prozac anafranil ficha tecnica aereo pisa cipro diflucan 150 mg a cosa serve generic name for co diovan azulfidine suspension dulcolax presentation comprare viagra croazia voltaren lasonil fastum gel diflucan sospensione bugiardino seroquel ultrafarma levitra originale italia generico de viagra en chile bactrim cistite bambini bula generico do viagra differin gel come funziona voltaren emulgel per lividi precio ventolin farmacia dove comprare cialis a torino codice esenzione nexium metoclopramide chloride cetirizine allegra cipro clima luglio cipro clima inverno gomma da masticare al viagra benazepril cialis effetti collaterali della dutasteride farmacity vende viagra lisinopril torrinomedica fosamax civil suit propranolol er capsules cartao diovan minocin antibiotico e pillola yasminelle augmentin e clavulin sono uguali minocin pillola anticoncezionale allegra campinoti crestor 10 prezzo pizzeria allegra compagnia caravaggio viagra son effet can motilium stop periods il levitra fa male al cuore topamax tremore essenziale mappa turistica di cipro rappel motrin viagra in ulm cipro grecia o turchia prelievo coumadin a digiuno viagra modalita' di assunzione abilify en risperdal escitalopram 20 mg walmart finasteride contro l'acne augmentin compresse dose bambini allegra patrizi voltaren gel a ciąża dosering voltaren 25 mg ampicillin penicilloic acid cura clomid funziona che cosa sono i cialis albenza monograph trazodone nedir seroquel prolong waschzettel voltaren tiermedizin aciclovir prima della varicella strattera dosis adulto albendazole et grossesse levitra crea assuefazione pamelor 25mg da sono voltaren gel dosage risperdal 1 mg fiyati qual o remedio generico do viagra augmentin compresse dosaggio per bambini clomid e progesterona remeron come agisce depo provera one shot no period coumadin allucinazioni strattera and vyvanse combination cialis 10 mg lilly prezzo diflucan ev posologia ventolin 4mg salbutamol vedova allegra trento escitalopram 5ht strattera ldt estrace cream disposable applicators seroquel e ritenzione urinaria dutasteride risultati el ventolin contiene cortisona vitamin e propecia cialis generico su internet penicillin och voltaren risperdal 50 mg vidal levitra da dipendenza cialis mezza pastiglia due follicoli con clomid augmentin 1000 dosaggio priligy con levitra tegretol tendonitis provera fiorello mep foglio illustrativo cialis 20 cleocin ovuli posologia aciclovir sciroppo somministrazione clomid e seno sgonfio clima a cipro in gennaio propranolol fobia social dosis thuoc voltaren 20g voltaren ampul emziren anne cipro 1 division voltaren rapid resepti le dieci erbe e coumadin viagra sin receta on line augmentin e il mare diflucan 2 pastiglie escitalopram e qt lungo cialis originali voltaren 75 bugiardino viagra che non fa male allegra mazzola ask metoprolol succinate xl toprol xl effetti del cialis sulla pressione noroxin è un antibiotico quanto costa augmentin 1 gr zoloft sbalzi di umore medicinale nimotop gocce lisinopril potenzprobleme principio attivo di levitra diovan potenzprobleme plavix 75 effetti indesiderati clomid perchè non funziona cloridrato de diltiazem infarmed voltaren è cortisone pillola gialla viagra voltaren 100 mg tabletta aciclovir clirbest medicamento generico tegretol a rilascio controllato celebrex ritirato dal commercio sospensione coumadin dopo cardioversione generico cialis colombia comprare viagra online e sicuro voltaren sulle ferite betamethasone valerate vs triamcinolone acetonide omnicef diverticulitis triamcinolone in groin area ciprofloxacin chronische prostatitis allegra panaccio nizoral 1 tinea versicolor prezzi cialis 2013 cipro.co.za ck1 canzone allegra d'amore voltaren emulgel 1 50g diovan approval date voltaren gel pendant la grossesse quanto costa il farmaco dostinex cipro spiagge nudiste betaloc zok metoprolol succinato risperdal et diabète risperdal ve lustral il viagra è un vasodilatatore cipro italia under 21 in tv lioresal 10 mg novartis cialis confronta prezzi aciclovir crema controindicazioni voltaren e cervicale bactrim sciroppo conservazione voltaren uso topico recensione cialis generico aciclovir terapia pret abilify effetti collaterali sessuali voltaren posologia compresse propranolol agonista inverso adalat ar prezzo albendazole sulfone solubility albendazole cryptosporidium antibiotico bactrim foglio illustrativo voltaren scaduto da un anno propranolol la cost amoxicillin and voltaren emedicine colchicine voltaren 50 indicazioni remedio allegra 60 mg finasteride e attacchi di panico voltaren resinat n3 preis costo del fosamax plus augmentin bustine per bambini qual o generico de provera