|Today on our spooky game review, we'll look at one you might not have heard of yet. Penumbra Overture is the first in a series by Frictional Games released in 2007. Originally meant to be a trilogy, Frictional announced that the second game, Penumbra: Black Plague, was going to be the last. They have since released an expansion to the second game, so it's almost a trilogy. This is a PC game only, so you console gamers might have missed this one. If you've never heard of it, have a look at this video that captures two peoples' reactions to playing this game for the first time. Warning: there is some language in the video, but it's well worth the watch.
Penumbra is a mainly a classic first-person adventure/puzzle game, but with a strong lean towards the horror/survival type game. Object interactions and puzzle solving are quite realistic due to the use of Newton Game Dynamics, which allow physics-based interactions with everything around you. The game also has a really good AI engine that responds realistically to light and sound, making for really awesome stealth-based gameplay. There are monsters to fight, but the emphasis is on avoiding fights and sneaking past your enemies.
The storyline puts you as Philip, a 30 year old Physicist who gets a letter from his supposedly dead father which leads him to a remote part of Greenland. After getting stuck in an abandoned mine he is forced to make his way ever deeper, finding clues along the way of disturbing occurrences in the mine. The tense music and creepy atmosphere of this game will have you screaming out loud as you fight your through the mine and solve the mystery. Not for the feint of heart, and probably not for children, this is a Halloween game for sure. Enjoy!