Fight your terror as darkness descends in Twisted Lands - Shadow Town Deluxe, an unforgettable search that takes fear to the next level. A relic hunter and his wife are out to sea when an artifact causes their boat to capsize. Now shipwrecked on a strange island, and his wife missing, the collector searches a wretched town for signs of life, but he is not prepared for the horrors that await.
face the inexplicable in this horrifying hidden object search
explore a fog-filled island and abandoned town to find your wife
make chilling discoveries and solve ominous puzzles
There are far more plusses than minuses in this game. It's a fairly standard HOG/puzzle game in its gameplay. The graphics are excellent throughout, the music rather over the top, and I had to turn it down after a few minutes, but that didn't bother me too much. The storyline was pretty good, but there were some elements in it that I found a little disturbing, and I certainly wouldn't recommend this game for children. It has a very adult theme and some of the scenes would probably upset younger kids. I really didn't like the ending at all and it did seem rather rushed at the end. I will say that the mini games and puzzles all fitted in extremely well with the storline and were, in fact intergral, and furthered the plot in every case, which made a nice change. Some of them were very tricky to do and there was no skip button on a couple of them, which made them quite challenging. It was reasonably easy to fathom out what you had to do if you used the hint button as a guide to where you ought to go, and most of the puzzles did have a skip button. The hint button didn't empty when you used it to guide you through the scenes, which was a big plus and only emptied when you used it to find an object or used it to help solve a puzzle. I didn't have to use the walkthrough at all using the hint button to tell me where I should go next. There was a bit too much walking backwards and forwards, but it wasn't so bad that it became annoying. It was a bit short, but still worth buying. All in all a very playable game. I just wish the end had been more satisfying.
Thisis a good game, it is well done,good graphics, and generally very playable. Myself I did not care for the story of the game, and the ending just ruined the game for me. It is short, as stated by other reviewers. For those reasons, I only re\ared it 4 stars. I recommend this game very highly!
topmum | Added on: December 10, 2010
Wow, what a superb game! Never wanted it to end but when it did what an ending. Didn't see that coming at all. Premium version has bonus level too which is as brilliant as the main game. More like this Gamehouse, please! Highly recommended
Natales | Added on: May 1, 2013
What a big twist in this story!!! Wow I really enjoyed this game, great story and good hints as well as great graphics. The HO part was fun and I feel this is one to play again for sure. Well worth buying!!!
kesay17 | Added on: January 4, 2011
Did he escape? Did the ship arrive on time? That is how the game ended. The story was a little "scary" but interesting. This is a fairly easy HOG but the game has you walking around & going to many areas to find the answers - the "mini-games or puzzles were challenging but enjoyable. I used the hint button to navigate the scenes. I found the virtual walk-through very valuable to help me thru the difficult parts. I did enjoy playing this. It was not that short & the bonus scene was well worth playing.
SILLY OPENING DIALOGUE. TURNED INTO GOOD PLAY ONCE THE GIRLFRIEND WAS LOST - DRAGGED AWAY IN THE FOG BY ...... . MADE ME WORK FOR MY PUZZLE ANSWERS. DEFINITELY NOT BORING. SOLUTION TO THE SNAKE PROBLEM A GOOD GIGGLE. GOOD GAME.
TnTexas | Added on: December 3, 2010
Overall Impression: I thought the backtracking was a bit excessive at times; but overall, I really enjoyed the game. Media Description: The graphics were a little dark, but not so dark you couldn't see things. The atmosphere was rather eerie. The music was a bit intense at times, but it added to the atmosphere. There were no voiceovers. Storyline: A couple has been looking for deep-sea treasure. The man falls overboard and wakes up on a currently uninhabited island. He spends the time looking for his girlfriend and trying to discover what happened to the previous inhabitants. The story is told through animated cutscenes, but it was not as well-developed as I would have liked. The ending felt a bit rushed, but there was a slightly unexpected surprise or two at the end. Gameplay: This is an iHOG/Adventure game so there's quite a bit of wandering around trying to find things you need and trying to find places to use things you have. I only had to use the walkthrough 2 or 3 times though so it's not that hard to figure things out; it just takes time. HOG Scenes: borderline junkpiles in style, but not too difficult. Fog rolls in and obscures the scene a bit if you have too many misclicks, but other than that there are no penalities. Minigames/puzzles: The minigames weren't too difficult and seemed to fit the storyline pretty well. They could be skipped if you want. Hints: The hint system is unlimited and refills fairly quickly (maybe a tad bit too slow for my patience at times, but not too bad) Will Probably Appeal to: people who like games with an eerie atmosphere Will Probably Not Appeal to: people who don't like iHOG/Adventures or those who don't like evil rituals depicted in their games
The game has a very original story and a surprise ending. Controls and puzzles are user friendly. Everything has a logic you don't wander around clicking madly to progress. One of the best I've played.
cjvp | Added on: December 2, 2010
Great game; I'm so looking forward to the sequel! Very well thought out game. It was consistently interesting; I never got bored because the story was good and the HO sections always added to the game instead of feeling like time-wasters. Relieved to find that although the game was dark and moody it was not too gruesome - scary but not so graphic that I couldn't handle it.
morsonny2 | Added on: January 31, 2014
IF YOU LIKE RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES AND WASTING TIME CLICKING ON HINT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE GAME, THEN THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. PERSONALLY, I THINK IT IS TOO CONFUSING, HATE THE FOG AND IT WAS NOT FUN BUT ANNOYING.
chippy | Added on: December 14, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed the game from the beginning till the end, especially the twist. It's not recommended for faint-hearted, but if you love horror themed games, you won't be disappointed. This game really is driven by the spine-chilling story. HO scenes are very clear and puzzles are not too difficult, so you can move on at a steady pace while you anxiously try to trace your girlfriend after landing on the shore of a mysterious town. The island is like a maze and there are a lot of backtracking, so I find it useful to have the filled up Hint button which will indicate the right direction if you don't know where to go next. Since the Hint will take a while to fill up, I tried not to use it during the HO scenes. I definitely recommend the premium version, because the bonus Chapter is one of the scariest casual game experiences I've ever had!
I enjoyed this game! It was very involved and made me think!
MissRaven77 | Added on: November 29, 2010
This was a HOG game that I really enjoyed playing. The story was written well, & the ending was a total surprize. The objects were hidden well, & I never had to use the walk-through. The hint button helped me find where I needed to be, without having to wait for a recharge when finding the right path. I played completely through the game in one day, which is average for me on a HOG game, but it was so interesting that I didn't want to stop. Overall, I highly recommend this to HOG gamers.
I just played this game through in one sitting (about 4 hours). Although there was quite a bit of back and forth betwen scenes, the play was logical. I was rarely confused about what I was looking for next. I played with the "sparklies" that showed me when I needed to do something. It may have been a bit frustrating without them. The objects were almost always clear, but not necessarily easy to find. I did use the hints a few times. The minigames were varied and had a skip option, though I only used this once, and that was more because I wanted to move on than that I didn't think I could complete the puzzle. I always play with the music muted. The sound each time an object was found got to be very annoying. I turned all of the sound off as it wasn't necessary to the gameplay. The story itself was definitely not for younger children, it's a bit of a grisly ending.
Downloaded the trial and really enjoyed the story so far. It doesn't give too much away as you go along which I like (I hate it when it's obvious as to how the story will end) Will now have to purchase in order to find out the rest of it. The items aren't too easy to find but there are enough hints and the graphics are rather good. Really enjoying this one!
Dadcaregiver | Added on: November 29, 2010
Okay, first this download takes a very long time but well worth the time. Once I was able to play I couldn't stop. The storyline keeps you interested the the graphics are great. I haven't finished and due to PC issues I'll have to reload and start over but I don't mind. It really is addictive. Keep these types of games coming. Great Job Gamehouse.
Cricket5461 | Added on: April 17, 2012
I started this game three different times and didn't finish but finally got curious enough about the ending to want to give it another go. It was an OK game. The graphics are nice, the plot is interesting, it's fun figuring out where to go and what to do next. Unfortunately, I have the same complaint as other reviewers. There is way too much running back and forth for very little purpose. It was bad enough running round in the foggy maze but then after getting into the underground cave, it was just ridiculous to have to go so far out to get ONE item from the other end of town and bring it back, only to find that you now have to go get ONE other item from the opposite end of town and so on. This was a bummer although it didn't last too long. Also got tired of seeing the same HO scenes reused again and again. Still, it was worth playing as it was fun finding out how to make it all come together.
I am the type who often play for storyline, and this one really hooked me up during the game. However, the ending is a cliff-hanger >_<. The HO scenes are pretty good, a lot of objects so the required objects aren't repeated much as the scenes are searched again. A lot of running back and forth, though, I think it made the game longer by half. The foggy scenes are very suspenseful, but not very confusing b/c there are direction' guidelines, and you can always get back to the start if you get lost. I like the puzzles, not easy, but not supremely challenging. The required tasks, however, sometimes make me laugh. For example, I NEED a HAMMER to smash a porcelain cat. I am pretty sure I can just drop it to the floor hahaha. Some of the tasks are unclear, and I need to look up the walk through. The bonus chapter is not an ending. It vaguely showed what happened before in the island, and how a ship with a submarine (which is used to escape in the main story) ended up there. The story ends abruptly without ever actually revealing what happened, why there was a cave with a crazy religion there, and what will happen between the escaped couple (no romance though for sure LOL). I wonder if they did this on purpose, perhaps for a sequel? Anyway, it is a good game overall, and I enjoyed it.
If you like zombies you'll love this. The creators did a wonderful job. I hope they have a continuation. This is a cliff hanger. I played it twice lots of fun.
DarkChylde | Added on: January 4, 2011
I liked the storyline. It had you wondering what would happen and how it would end. The graphics were great. There is a LOT of running back and forth, which can get a bit irritating, however, I was still intrigued and couldn't wait how it would all come together. The HO's and puzzles were part of the storyline, which is a rarety these days. Most games you have such random and bizarre objects that have nothing to do with anything, that it becomes boring. Not this game. You and your girlfriend are on a small boat, then you find yourself on an island (at least I think it's an island), where you search places, find object and complete puzzles, all in the hope you can find your girlfriend before something bad happens to her. A surprise ending (I didn't expect THAT to happen!) made it better than your average HOG.