Reviews for Paranormal State: Poison Spring
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I must preface this review with the fact that I have never watched the A&E TV show "Paranormal State" and as such I can't say whether they used the show actors to do voices for this license game or if any characters were misrepresented.
I'm rather fond of hidden object games, they are a guilty pleasure of mine and help occupy my time when I'm in the mood for a light gaming session. As far as hidden object games go, Paranormal State: Poison Spring is a good game. Length is about what you'd expect for games in this genre with an average playtime clocking in at 2-3 hrs or less. There are interactive objects across every hidden object scene and the puzzles and mini games are pretty standard fare. There is also a short epilogue available after completing the game as well.
What makes this game stand out in game play is the inclusion of 3 tools you can use at specified points in the game that serve as mini games to push the story forward. The most interesting one is the EVP which requires setting the proper height and width for a frequency and matching it with the sample. The variety in mini games and puzzles was a welcome change though many of the usual suspects rear their ugly faces here (leapfrog stones, sliding puzzles). As far as production value goes, it's hit or miss here as you can tell they put in some effort in making the characters match their real life counterparts while at the same time featuring them in some rather unflattering freeze frames.
Paranormal State: Poison Spring is a worthwhile distraction if you're a fan of the genre and maybe even the show. As far as hidden object games, it doesn't fall into the repetitive, dull pitfalls that many in the genre succumb to and doesn't overstay it's welcome.