This is a point and click game with no animations, not even in the cutscenes, so if you’re looking for fast-paced action move on!
You go from clearing to clearing in the long grass searching for clues and bodies, trying to avoid the monster constantly appearing. It makes you panic a bit trying to click the right spot to escape and it still got my adrenalin pumping now and then well into the game.
There are 5 different endings, you have to restart and do all of them to fully complete the game. Part of it is a ritual you have to perform to reach most of the endings. There seem to be no clues whatsoever to get the correct combination and I’ve calculated that there are 720 possible permutations. In my opinion that’s unfeasible without consulting a guide. Perhaps I missed some vital clue but I don’t think so – I have all achievements and seen everything there is to see in the game.
The storyline is above average for this type of thing, probably due to the fact that it’s a real legend and the game has been built around it rather than some lame tale made up by the developer and stuffed into the gameplay just-because. It’s a Brazilian legend so the narration is Portuguese (with English subtitles) which I think adds to the atmosphere.
This is an achievement hunter’s dream. There are 45 of them, many of which have to be specifically attempted rather than just following the normal game progression so a big thumbs-up for that. 7 trading cards too.
A couple of hot tips for you:
- Draw a map, it will make life so much easier.
- Methodically mouse over every part of every screen to find all the clues and items. Some of them have very small click areas.
Despite the limited play area there’s several hours of gameplay if you go for all the endings and chase the achievements, especially if you do it without reading a guide. I got it on sale and was very satisfied with it but not sure if I would pay full price.