My husband and I are complete horror fans but I think we've managed to work our way through evey DVD out there now, we also go on 'ghost hunt' weekends, mainly because we like scaring ourselves silly.
So looking for the next adrenaline rush, I came across this game and was suprised to see it didn't cost an arm and a leg like some wii games do - so thought I'd order it and give it a whirl!
I must make it clear, I don't have many wii games (they are mainly mario ones) and don't normally buy games of this genre so my review is on how I enjoyed this experience rather than comparing it to other 'horror' games out there.
When our game arrived we waited for the kids to go to bed (far too scary for them) and popped it in. I was immediately drawn into the 'horror' of it all as even the introduction is pretty scary and the music (played throughout the game) is genious - giving you goosebumps and putting you on edge all the way through!
The idea is based on the Grudge - the japaneese version, not the american one (which I have to say is probably one of the scariest films I have ever seen) and the director of the film was involved in the making of the game, which really adds to the terror.
You basically use the wii remote as a flashlight, so you can only see certain parts of the room you are in - which adds to the tension. You play through various levels finding keys, trinkets etc to unlock doors to complete each level. You have to do a lot of exploring in the dark and the game is basically set up to randomly make you jump out of your skin as things jump out at you/loud noises happen/visions pop up.
It therefore puts you on edge throughout and gets your pulse racing, which isn't helped by the terrifying sound effects that accompany the game!
There's four levels and then, if you have a strong heart and wish to revisit some of the levels and do some further exploring you can find the mystery items in each level which unlock a fifth level. The first few times I played it I just wanted to complete the level as soon as possible and get out of there, so I've had to revisit each one a couple of times.
To make the game even harder, you have to find torch batteries which are scattered throughout each level as if you lose all your battery life - the curse finds you and it's all over! So you don't have limitless time to investigate every nook and cranny, which gaves the game playability.
It's easy to get lost and disorientated and there isn't much else you have to do other than find things, but the beauty of this game is the sheer terror it emanates.
Only one person can play at a time (although I have to have someone else in the room with me as I'm too scared to go it alone) but a second player can use the other remore to randomly induce 'scares' which you won't thank them for, but is entertaining for them at least!
All in all this is a great scary experience, and if you are into being scared you will love it. If your not bothered about horror but love games, it probably isn't for you as it's a simple game and can be completed fairly quickly if you have the nerve.
We've completed it now and will whip it out when we have friends over because it' so entertaining but it's not something I'll keep on playing over and over because I now know what to expect. BUT that said, for the price, it's a great buy and if you like being scared you will love this!!!