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Penumbra: Overture - Episode 1

Released on 30 March 2007

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

3.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Penumbra: Overture is a first person adventure game which focuses on story, immersion and puzzles. Instead of using violence to progress the player has to use his/her wits to guide Philip on his quest to unravel the past.

Played from a first person viewpoint, Penumbra is very different from other adventure games. Not only is it powered by a 3D engine utilising cutting edge technology, it also has an advanced physics system which allow for a never before seen environment interaction. The player can open drawers, pull levers, pick up objects and more using natural mouse movements creating a highly interactive and immersive game world.

The weapon system differs from your average game; swinging a melee weapon is done using the mouse which increases the realistic feel of combat. Fighting enemies is not something best done with brute force though, in most situations fighting is a last resort and the player is often better of using his/her wits. The AI of the enemies will also do its best to hunt and scare the player. The creatures encountered can break down doors, use group co-ordination, interact with the physics and more.

Penumbra: Overture will keep players on the edge as they have to explore scary and immersive environments never knowing what is behind the next corner. The world is detailed, graphical as well as a story wise making the player feel part of the world as secrets are uncovered.

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 Average rating (4 reviews)

 Scary as all hell

| | See all Capissen's reviews (2)

The controls on this game are innovative, rather than a drawer magically opening when you click it, you have to hold down the mouse and pull it open and so on. It's interesting, though a little clunky at times.

The graphics are a little substandard, but what do you expect from a small independent developer? The atmosphere is where this game really shines. It scared the hell out of me on more than a few occasions.

Highly recommended.

 Penumbra: Overture - Episode 1

| | See all Nemi79's reviews (1)

This is one of the best games I have played in a long time. It it frightening, creepy, and very exciting. Every horrorfan, and people who like puzzles will love this!

I highly recommend it!

 Scary, challenging, satisfying

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Played this after finishing its sequel. You can see the progress. Ep2 is a better game, but this is the perfect setup for it. Full of really scary moments. The main difference between this game and Black Plague is the limited combat. Its fun but not really a big part of the game. The real thrill are some of the great setpiece sequences that have you truly thinking on your feet if your character is not to die. There is one sequence of fiendishly clever and bowel dropping traps that you will love to be frustrated by while being chased by an army of spiders. Did someone say spiders.... I hate spiders!

The real challenge of course is survival and to survive you will need your all wits with you as you explore the fantastic environment in which this game is set. You will need to locate items, listen to clues, find the next piece of the puzzle to go on and on and help poor ol' Red.

While the puzzles are logical enough so that you wont be trapped for long, there are a few really challenging puzzles that really do make you think and top the whole experience off.

Connecting the whole set of locations, puzzles and confrontations is a fabulous story with a convincing central question that will keep you playing for hours on end, until you just get past the next puzzle.

As survival horror/adventure games go this is great fun, interesting with some new ideas and great physics engine that allows you to manipulate the enviroment in many ways, and provides an immersive feel to the experience.

Definitely worth a 4/5 and worth getting.

As well as this game, there are two more in the series (at time of writing this) - Black Plague - available on Play.com and Requiem which is download only.

However, i suspect that an anthology of the three games are in the pipeline for the sometime in future. If you cant wait, get them now, because there isnt anything quite like this game out there.......

 penumbra overture episode 1

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this has got to be the worst game i have ever played i dont no what there were thinking of when they made this game but they should off stoped at the idea

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Rating12+ (PEGI)