A while back, Kalypso Media released Anna, a First Person Horror game on Steam. The game has been re-released as an extended edition. The Extended Edition contains, exclusive real life photos of the original sawmill location, the complete soundtrack, and the main character’s notebook written in English and Italian. While the core game is the same, I haven’t gotten a chance to review the game until the extended edition came out.
An abandoned sawmill in the Italian mountains has a unique past. You have to look around and search for clues to solve the mystery behind this sawmill. There is a lot to learn about the sawmill and even more to discover about the main character’s past. Your actions and behavior not only effect mental health but also alter locations and give a different ending.
The story is rather interesting; I really dig how it progresses with the character. Not everything is so obvious too. You have to really look at the environment to get further. I like that, the gameplay is fused with the story, something that is really absent in games these days.The gameplay is really simple too. Because this is a horror mystery type game there isn’t an inherent combat system to learn and screw around with. It focuses on atmospheric tension and slight puzzle solving to generate a feeling of urgency and distress.
A recurring complaint with Anna was the clunky controls and the difficulty interacting with the environments/puzzles. That has been changed in the Extended Edition. The controls are refined and the environments look more fluid and natural. The interface has also been improved to better accommodate
While I am rather immune to the horror game effect thanks to copious amounts of playing Silent Hill and Containment Breach I found it difficult to get that horror creepy feeling it was going for. While I cannot for certain say that Anna is not scary it just didn’t scare or creep me out personally.
The game is a bit longer and has more places to explore. While the conveyance gets pretty bad Anna still does a good job portraying a psychological horror game. For those who do not scare easily the game acts more like a thriller or just a mystery.I like to think this game is more akin to a point and click adventure game but in full 3D. Anna is certainly not a game for everyone and it is sort of difficult to write a review for the game without giving any spoilers. Anna does have replay value and the extra tweaks made to the gameplay/appearance are welcomed.
I give Anna: Extended Edition a 7.5/10. While the story was pretty interesting as was the character development, the conveyance of the game got staggering and you would spend 30 minutes searching the ground for a piece of trash that was actually a relic to open a supernatural door. Pick it up on Steam today.