Daxadillion
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Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by Daxadillion on Apr 7, 16 12:36 AM
A thread for your reviews.

Edited on 04/07/2016 at 6:38:35 AM PST


 
SquirrelGirrrl
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by SquirrelGirrrl on Apr 7, 16 1:41 AM
Played the demo with no technical issues. The game is a little different than other Phantasmat games. It looks promising, with lots of creepy graphics. The only thing I could complain about is that constant annoying beeping while trying to figure out the circuitry to run the elevator. I'll buy the full game.

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by angelfish106 on Apr 7, 16 4:17 AM
Finally Eipix have made a game that isn't a carbon copy of every other game they release! Yes the mechanics are the same but I like the story and some of the mini-games are really very good. In particular I loved the first one; not new but done very well. One of those that makes you pleased with yourself for solving it

It's all a bit gloomy as befits the surroundings but not overly dark and the graphics are very clear. It felt to me like I'd been caught up in an episode of Criminal Minds in some places; glimpses of things you really don't want to know about, that sort of feeling. The HOS pop up quite often but are well done, not cluttered and you can play Match-3 if you get tired of them. But it was the mini-games that stood out for me.

Collectibles are not always easy to see and I don't actually know what they are but they're green and glowing! The map transports and shows tasks (if you want it to). There are 4 modes of play including custom. As for how many chapters, I don't know as the SG only showed the first one and the demo ended there; it took me 64 minutes to finish the demo and if that was just one chapter, this could be a long game! No idea about the extras but I imagine they're the usual Eipix fare.

Best game to come out of the Eipix Studios for a while and a buy for me

No technical issues with the demo. Desktop running Win7 Prof 64-bit.


 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by bfgBellerophon on Apr 7, 16 6:39 AM
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by sollys on Apr 7, 16 7:39 AM
I own all the previous Phantasmat games which are excellent and this game Is t\heir equal. Playing on Windows 8.1. Graphics are really good, puzzles fun,HOS are entertaining and overall I will buy this game. Creepy or not, I am enjoying playing it.

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by MsNetty61 on Apr 7, 16 10:07 AM
Yep, just bought it!! (I am Sooo predictable!)
The first Phantasmat was the first game I ever bought from BF, (2011) and it creeped me out completely!
Bought all the others since, and I know they aren't as creepy as the first, and that Eipix are now the devs, so they're not the same as they were, but they are still good creepy games, and, well, try it guys! It may not be the most challenging game out there, but it IS fun (out of 5)

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by bfgBellerophon on Apr 7, 16 10:30 AM
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to pop in here and thank players for taking the time to post their thoughts in this thread. We are glad to hear that players are enjoying the Phantasmat series. To ensure that the Review Guidelines stated above are met, we ask that users also focus on the game at hand, Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition.

Thank you for your understanding. Happy gaming everyone!

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by Rhysdux on Apr 7, 16 11:29 AM
Too dark. Couldn't see a thing with all the shadows and green light, and I played during the day, so playing at night would be impossible. That was a deep disappointment. Phantasmat games haven't been an eyestrain before. This one was. Also, almost all the puzzles were heavily mechanical--the kind of thing I need to skip automatically. I can see why someone with better eyesight and better mechanical skill would enjoy it--but this game is not for me.

 

Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by nontechiegrannie on Apr 7, 16 12:37 PM
Rehashed story about folks getting lost & ending up at a creepy place such as a gas station or sometimes a motel where a deranged serial killer is waiting to kidnap his next victim.

Graphics are dark, and the scenery is dirty, run down & just plain icky. Characters are the usual cartoon types. They are one dimensional & no way realistic. As Rhysdux said: almost all the puzzles were heavily mechanical--the kind of thing I need to skip automatically & I can't agree more. The HOS were okay with some interaction.

Hint button takes you to the next scene so I never used the map. Never did see any collectibles/morphing items. Have no idea what they are. It would be nice if one of those infernal pop-ups gave you a clue as what to look for!!

All in all just not an impressive game. It's just another ho hum offering. I'm considering buying the SE but am still on the fence. Try before you buy & see if your up to tangling with Freaky Freddy!!



 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by steve_san on Apr 7, 16 4:26 PM

Tank is Only Half Full

You are driving to the big game with your brother and his girlfriend. You're lost and then realize you're also out of gas, so you take a remote exit and stop at a gas station. While filling your tank, the next thing you know you're face to face with the owner, Ethel (gas?) Hansen. Your brother and his girlfriend are nowhere to be found.

The drawing style is dark, dirty and dreary and utilizes a color palette of mostly dark browns and greens. The style suits the story line and it is well executed. So too were the voices and acting. Music and sounds were OK, nothing really stood out during the trial period.

What isn't well executed is the story. Clearly, they were trying to develop a creepy and believable story line. For me it did not work. The characters were more like caricatures, and their actions were more comical than creepy (is that enough alliteration?) In other words, I was not drawn in to the story, and there was never a moment where I forgot I was playing a game.

The game play itself was decent. There were a few mechanical type puzzles that require a little patience, but none were very difficult. There was a voltage puzzle that I managed to solve without knowing what I was doing. The hidden object scenes were varied; finding pairs, putting objects back, finding a number of the same object, etc. While I thought these were designed well, they were not very memorable because they suffer from the overall dingy and dreary look of the game.

There is a transportable map and four levels of difficulty including Custom. Hints refill can be set between 10-120 seconds, Skip can be set between 10-400 seconds. Sparkles, glints, messages, and tutorial can be turned on or off.

The CE extras include 41 collectible signs, souvenirs, replay of HOPs and puzzles, strategy guide and bonus game.

As a fan of the Phantasmat series, I was disappointed. Other games, including a recent one from another series have successfully developed a creepy atmosphere and story. I don't doubt the effort to create this game, but in my opinion it fails to develop a decent story. Town of Lost Hope would be more aptly titled Game of Lost Story.

2 1/2 gallons of low octane ethel gasoline


 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by MaryEl on Apr 7, 16 6:59 PM
A rather strange and different game. I find myself using the Hint button more often than I usually do. Bought it in haste and now I am not too sure it was the thing to do. I liked all the other Phantasmat games but maybe should have used the entire 90 min before purchasing. Live and learn!!!!

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by FunIt on Apr 8, 16 3:31 AM
I am so sick and tired of this developer.

Storyline is not good, it's unrealistic and confusing. This has been going on for a while now and it's getting worse.

To many cutscenes with lurking shadows, only to draw out the game and make it seem longer.

Minigames are tedious and repetitive.

Collectables are good for nothing, in the end there is just a static picture with so many of the same object. Same goes for the ever present Souvenir Room.

Achievements are always the same, with no connection to the actual game; and no, I'm not going to watch the entire credits, because they are booooooooring!

My pet peeve is that there is always some Waking-Up-Scene with much eye-blinking and a fuzzy screen. Hate it!

Dear developers, throw away the mold and get some people with fresh ideas to work for you, and I might buy one of your games again. Until then: no buy!

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by Maven on Apr 8, 16 11:42 AM
There are lots of wickedly difficult puzzles in this one. A+ on the variety and complexity of the puzzles; C on the in-game Player instructions, as some could have been written much better.
For follks who Skip out, the Extra/bonus level at the end lets you replay them at your leisure.

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by Maven on Apr 8, 16 11:48 AM
SquirrelGirrrl wrote:Played the demo with no technical issues. The game is a little different than other Phantasmat games. It looks promising, with lots of creepy graphics. The only thing I could complain about is that constant annoying beeping while trying to figure out the circuitry to run the elevator. I'll buy the full game.


If you found that annoying, wait til you get to the house where you lock Jeffrey in an upstairs room. He keeps banging on the door to get out. Unnerving while you play, to say the least (but I actually liked it).

 
msilva731
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Yawn

[Post New]by msilva731 on Apr 9, 16 7:32 AM
Just because its dark doesn't make it so; remember when reviews used to be pages and pages long, doesn't seem to be so anymore! I can't even get myself to get through the demo. Maybe I am taking these stories to literal but they don't make sense; how did the woman write down the lyrics while she's chained to this "really this nut job created this complicated device to hold his victim" device. And really I could hide behind a little box while Jeffrey is wielding a "SHOVEL" to find me...a shovel! And the noises I am making moving stuff isn't attracting Jeffrey or spooky mom's attention...really!

And the back and forth and back and forth and back and forth, seem to be it's just to make the game longer. I think the graphics are awful and not just because its dark, everything is "washed together" if that makes any sense. Where is the bling (I have to find one collectible per scene, that's not even hard to find), the shazam, the wow factor, anything...I used to spend half my paycheck (not really) on buying games, now I'm lucky if I buy two a month. And the people giving this game 5 stars obviously did not start out with Big Fish back in the day when games were AWESOME and I am not trying to be insulting, but this game is not 5 stars by any stretch of the imagination...oh that's what this is missing imagination!

The HOS were absolutely no challenge at all, same ole same old, got an speed achievement in the first HOS.

People are getting smarter and these games need to be getting smarter too!

Give me Madame Fate any day over these boring games that have been coming out!

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by shorenuf on Apr 9, 16 1:20 PM
There will never be a Phantasmat like the first one. End.

 
vicalana
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by vicalana on Apr 10, 16 6:57 AM
Totally agree shorenuf!!!!

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by jennsmom on Apr 10, 16 8:03 AM
Good creepy story and an interesting game. Not as good as the first Phantasmat, but then none of the games have been, IMO. I'm interested in the story line, it's nicely creepy, but with a human element.

What I don't like, and perhaps it's my computer which is so old it has whiskers, is that many times I've had to use the hint when it shouldn't be necessary. For example: placing the swim fins. It was obvious where they had to go, and there were those gears, but until I finally hit "hint," I couldn't make them stick. Must have been a few pixels off. It's happened many times, and I'm finding it distracting. It's one thing to use a hint when one is stuck. It's frustrating when you know perfectly well what to do, and the game won't let you do it.

The sandbox puzzle was difficult for me because I had trouble figuring out what to do. Still, I am enjoying the game.

I'm only 3/4 of the way through the main game, but I will probably play it again.

 
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by bwake47 on Apr 24, 16 12:29 PM
I have all the other Phantasmat games and have enjoyed playing them. It looks like this one will be as good as most of the others. Can't wait to play the entire game.

Unfortunately, a game or movie sequel is NEVER as good as the original (even if it is a Steven Spielberg). You have to take each game on it's own merit and not compare it to the original. That way you don't always come up disappointed.

Give this game a try!

 

Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Phantasmat: Town of Lost Hope Collector's Edition here.

[Post New]by kerith90angel on Apr 25, 16 5:37 PM
REVIEW BASED ON THE COMPLETION OF THE FULL GAME + BONUS…Here is what you can’t see after the demo

****************MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*******************

The SE portion of the game took me around 5 hours 5min (with an AMAZING END)
The bonus play took me, 1hr 5min
I play all the HOS- not the match 3 + I tend to skip standard type mini games, and play on custom setting.
TOTAL GAMEPLAY with bonus was 6 hr. 10min

This installment 6 of Phantasmat was WAY better than #5. I also liked #4 very much too. FINALLY, the graphics are clearer. Is it me? or are some areas clearer than others? The characters seem like live actors with a computer assist….. They are PERFECT, and I mean these characters are PERFECTLY DONE. They now speak from inside the scene, where they should, instead of putting the head of the person with text up front. The voice actors are perfect too. The graphics are good, not great…but the clarity of the secondary windows and characters are GREAT in this installment.

The ENTIRE game is played in dreary, run-down locations. The locations and feel of the game is VERY similar to Phantasmat #3 The Endless Night. I often wonder WHY do creepy games have to have to be in a run- down dirty place? Being an artist, it bugs me when an area’s perspective is off…. there is a bit of that here. A couple I noticed that are really noticeable are The Hanson home’s front room (the floor rolls down to the right) in Pam’s level of the demo. Also, Chap 2, pg. 5 of WTG looking up the hall, it almost makes you sick.

Where you first drive up is very similar to the game Enigmatis #1.
The story line was realistic & creepy. I loved it. The scariest part being, we have a vacation place in Vermont and you drive past many a gas station like this….. And I swear to you there is a house on the opposite side of our mountain that looks identical to the Hanson house!! It is super remote (no cell phones) and it even comes with all its own broken down cars and bus’s!

From the very beginning I had trouble trying to figure out who is who in this game. I ended up mostly understanding by the very end of the SE play…. But had to REPLAY the beginning of the game after I played the bonus to determine Doug and Sammy are traveling in the backseat MY (the female player in SE) car. Apparently I have no name and I am driving us all to “the big game”. Doug is my brother. Pam, and her brother Terry are already captive at the Hanson residence when we arrive at the gas station and my character must save them. Jeffery Hanson is the, ouch- axe holding, serial killer and his creepy mother knows what Jeff is up to and is seen a few times throughout the game.
We also meet up with another random guy who has also been held against his will, which we assist, later in the game. I don’t know his name. He is the person after Doug- Chapter 3.

FAVORITE SPOT IN GAME IS CHAPTER 3 DOUG’S CHAPTER- There is a HOS here that deserves mention. It was a blast. It shifts between several scenes that you have to interactively find items build a sand castle. As you continue completing each section it slides by itself into the next section of the HOS.

HOS & Diary, hint, map and Match 3- The HOS are varied and cater to all. The map is nothing special to look at but it serves the purpose as a portal task map. Hint is helpful step by step and also acts as a portal jump. Match 3 can be played instead of HOS (wish it was instead of the mini games) and can be replayed in the CE content. There is NO DIARY. Since I play so many games at once it is so helpful to have a place to brush up on the story. This game REALLY needed a diary to clarify who is who and how and why they are there. I played the entire beginning thinking the Pam/Kirk team was the Doug/sister team and it just became a confusing mess. The BASIC idea of the entire story was good, but there should never have been 2 brother/sister combo’s … and you never know how any of the others became captive.

ABOUT BONUS PLAY: . This bonus play was a disappointment for me.

The WAY bonus is ended does not match how the SE is ended. I also got angry at my character and how she deals with the end cut scene in bonus play.

By the time the bonus chapter is played, the SE had already tied the game up in a neat little bow.

So its best if you know now, when you begin to play bonus, that you go BACK to sometime BEFORE the end of the when the standard game is happening, to a place in time where you are playing as Sammy, with Doug nearby. Doug mentions to Sammy he is “looking for his sister” (his sister being your character in the SE part of this game.)
Knowing how the SE ends, it made NO SENSE to me at all when or why or what was going on with the bonus story, so I hope I am clearing this up a bit. Personally, the end of the bonus play has no correlation to the end of the SE and it actually ends up being a conundrum. When you play both together you’ll see what I mean.

You play 8 scenes in the bonus play. Only 1 area, a graveyard, is new and all the other areas are the same as they were in the standard edition play. Often, I will see a “reconfigured” area or they will at least change the time of day, but nothing is changed here.

There are 4 HOS and 5 mini games in bonus play. I tried and skipped ALL the minigames in this section. You collect green jars in each new scene and continue collecting them in bonus.


CE GOODIES ARE:
8 x 4sz wallpapers (wish they’d drop the other 3 sizes and give us another 5 wallpaper), 15 non-savable small, black and white concept art without logo, 6 dl music tracks, bonus play, in game walkthrough guide,
there is a bonus video (that remains locked until the end of bonus play) that is 1min33sec long. It is all visual, no voice, and you get a glimpse of some of the artists & Dev at Eipix with some random pictures related to the game. You can replay 13 HOS, replay 20 mini games, replay match 3, and replay the cut scenes. An Achievement page is set up on a slider- I only got 8 of the 12 Achievem. The Collectible page has shelves that hold your green jars and you can click on any you missed to re-enter that area and look for it. Once that is complete the SOUVIENIER ROOM is unlocked- where you re-visit 20 of the SE locations and find 1 item each.

STRATEGY GUIDE
There is an in game 45pg walkthrough guide. 6 pgs. devoted to directions and collectibles. To give you an idea of how long the bonus play is,
CHAPTER 1- PAM 9pgs.
CHAP 2-TERRY 7pgs.
CHAP 3-DOUG 7pgs.
CHAP 4 Kirk & Sammy 8pgs
BONUS PLAY- Sammy+ Doug 8 pgs.

IF YOU LIKED THIS GAME HERE ARE SOME OTHERS LIKE IT:

1.True Fear: Forsaken Souls
2. Maze: Subject 360
3. F.A.C.E.S.
4. Committed: Mystery at Shady Pines
5. Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Grey Syndrome

 
 
 
 
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