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Huntsman: The Orphanage

By Shadow Shifters

Website: http://www.shadowshifters.com/

Early access available now on Steam! Full game Release October 31st.

Price: €13.99 as of the posting of this article.

First and Foremost I want to give a big shout out to the people at Shadow Shifters for making me nearly crap my pants for a good portion at the start of this game.

{By the way, follow them @shadow_shifters on twitter}.

It has been a while since that has happened. Now, on with the Review….

 

Huntsman: The Orphanage is your typical first person survival horror game with no means of defending yourself. But trust me, that is where the “Typical” part ends….

Meet Vincent and Scarlette

The game begins with you playing the role of one of two possible characters, Vincent or Scarlette. You will get to hear both or either of their intros by clicking on the portraits on the title screen. Both are interested in researching the Origins of the huntsman legend from the viewpoint of a skeptical mind. The funny side note to this being, I would consider myself very skeptical, but within a few minutes of entering the fabled Grimhaven Orphanage as the characters do, and experiencing what they did? I am not too shy to admit it would have had me running for the hills….

 

 

Not wanting to spoil things too much as this would really take away from the experience. You begin by finding your way to and entering the Orphanage.

In one of the first rooms you enter, which resembles a class room with a chalk board, it says…

“Find our precious items, place each upon our headstones. One by one set us free”

Remember those instructions, cause if the ghostly writings that scrawl themselves upon the chalkboard do not etch them in your memory, you will soon find out that this is your main objective in the game.

During the course of exploring the orphanage you will come across pictures of the Orphans that have gone missing, along with members of staff. Most of which are willing and ready to give their entire, and I mean entire life story. One side to this is you can just walk away and not have to listen to them. The other side being that each character has a fully fleshed out story, where each one could be considered an independent creepy pasta all of its own! This really helps add to the backstory and atmosphere of what has happened at Grimhaven and the whole point of your search there.

 

Creepy Ribbon Girl...

Creepy Ribbon Girl...

Now, I must admit, the ghosts do pop up often, and as you are guided around holding your phone in front of you like an obsessed teenager, you at times do find yourself staring almost as much at the phone as you do the area in front of you. And a good part of this is due to the fact that this is where the ghosts will suddenly pop up, scare the crap out of you and give insight into where you are going or instructions into what to do to find their items or simply demanding their items!

Without giving much further Away, Creepy Ribbon Girl really scared the crap out of me a few times. This is a game that MUST BE PLAYED ALONE, IN THE DARK, WITH THE VOLUME UP FULL! Or with headphones on for full effect.

In this early access of the game, you are confined to the Orphanage and only given hints as to what may pave the road ahead, but if my experience so far is anything to go by, it will be fun and truly horrifying.

 

Don't do it, It's a Trap!

Also during the early access you find the disturbing and unsettling sound of a ticking clock. This is a sign to MOVE YOUR BUTT! As it is a sign that the Huntsman is near! And at times he will appear in a puff of smoke.

Now during the early access you cannot be hurt by the huntsman, but come All Hallows’ Eve, those things will change. This really is a truly terrifying character when you get a full glimpse of him. It has even began to fester in my mind where they came up with the idea for the looks of this creature, if we are to call it that, as should this be a monster exposed in a movie, it would shock and send shivers down the spines of most of us….

In ending, all I can say is, this is a must have for any horror gaming fan, it is well worth the money, the story will keep you driven throughout. For any lore fanatic there is at least a novel’s worth of dialogue in here with a very good voice cast and the art style surpassing most in the genre at this price or available to most today.

If you are looking for a game to kill some time and any bravery that you might have left over Halloween, check out Huntsman: The Orphanage! Or if you don’t believe me, check out the trailer below….

 

It's on Steam! Go buy it now!