Campfire Legends – The Hookman

On a campfire trip, one girl tells the story of the real Hookman.  In that story, a girl named Christine books a cabin for her and her boyfriend, unaware of the looming terror that lurks in every corner.

The plot is that of a typical horror movie.  A psycho killer is stalking a teenage girl and her boyfriend, the police don’t listen to her and the whole danger could have been avoided in the first place if everyone wasn’t acting like a bunch of morons.  I also don’t get why a teenage girl’s parents would agree to leave their daughter alone with her boyfriend for the weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, unless they didn’t know her boyfriend was going to be there.  Still, leaving their daughter alone in a cabin sounds like some pretty neglectful parenting to me.  Not to mention that you find the characters’ medical files all over the place with no explanation of how they got there, and Christine’s boyfriend appears and disappears at random places, again no explanation given.

The game play itself is a standard hidden object game.  You search around the area for items and collect them.  Unlike other games of this variety, you’re not collecting a bunch of random crap and only keeping a few things in the inventory.  You can also use fives hints if you’re stuck and you can collect new hints in the form of fireflies.  Did I mention that there is chilling music playing in the background?  It feels like the Hookman’s actually coming after you.

The plot is cliché, but the game play is quite fun.  Quite a few times, you’ll exit out of the game purely through fear only to go back because you can’t resist the hold it has on you.  I give this game 7 out of 10, perfect for Halloween.

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