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2.0 hrs on record
I have posted a detailed review at http://www.walkingsimulator.games/caligo.html but here are quickly the pros and cons I see:

- Many different scenes: from very colourful to dark
- So beautiful sometimes that you can't stop taking pictures
- Dialogs can be skipped
- Theatrical music

- Not as immersive as it could be
- No choices except one at the end, no interactivity except picking up drawings
- Completely linear
- No dot in the middle to prevent motion sickness (had minor problems with it)
- Invisible walls in many places, especially in the fantasy part
- Unnerving auto-panning camera
- Sometimes you're moved unexpectedly
- Bug: fell off the electric chair area - had to restart the game as this resulted in an endless fall
- Only around 1-1.5 hours of gameplay

All in all the idea is good but it fails to succeed. It looks great but the subconscious connection just didn't happen for me unlike in similar games like The Stanley Parable or The Beginner's Guide. I played a game - I didn't experience something in my life (which was different in Dear Esther).
Posted November 9, 2017.
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11 people found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
I really like this game which might be visible based on the hours I've played it. I have written an extensive review at https://www.walkingsimulator.games/the-painscreek-killings.html but here is a quick overview of the pros and cons:

- captivating story with a lot of well-designed and believable characters
- intensive atmosphere (if you are the type of gamer who is able to dive deep into such games)
- deep story with many characters with different motivations
- feels as if you are there in person investigating - no unnatural or illogical actions to be taken
- a lot of secrets
- beautiful weather, you hear birds, the wind in the trees
- semi non-linear gameplay

- most of the time you really walk around from place to place (but it's not as annoying as it sounds)
- there is only one music per scene/room/building
- no controller support (though I initially wanted to use XPadder I got used to the keyboard controls quickly)
- low framerate in certain situations (when there is a huge complex to be rendered like at the entrance to the mansion)
- extremely slow load times in several places - it takes sometimes minutes switching between the different areas - but it should be a lot faster using an SSD (which I didn't try)
- no translations into other languages (yet)

I like it more than Everyone's Gone To The Rapture and FireWatch (though the latter was as captivating to me as this game). If you like narrative exploration games you should give it a try.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the game and if there will be another game from EQ studios I'll buy it blindly.
Posted November 5, 2017.
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4 people found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
I really liked the game and played it through in one setting as it was so thrilling. Got it for 5 bucks which is ok. I wouldn't pay 20 for it. But once again: well done! I love these kind of short games as I can just play them through in one setting or on a weekend.
Posted June 24, 2017.
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4.9 hrs on record
One of the most wonderful games I played! Great story and I actually played it through in a single day because it was so suspenseful.
Posted May 14, 2017.
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5 people found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
The graphics are good but still have many glitches (the stones on the sides flicker often and look like the texture on the side is missing - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti). I expected way more from the game than walking around over and over to find some items. Also it has a couple of UI bugs like you cannot turn off the music (when you turn it to 0 and then close the dialog when you open it again it shows 1.4 and you essentially cannot turn off the music). I purchased this expecting relaxing short game, however the monotonous awful way too loud step sounds which are much louder than the birds e.g. ruined this for me.
I expected it to be more like other "walking simulators" like "Dear Esther" with a clear path and I played a lot of those games. I didn't expect something like Firewatch whatsoever especially given the low price tag but I actually did not relax at all and was disappointed when it ended.
Posted May 14, 2017.
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13 people found this review helpful
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0.9 hrs on record
It's a short game (it took 56 minutes for me finishing it) but a very atmospheric one despite it feeling a bit like the old point-and-click adventure games (frames are faded, no real 3D movement, no animations). Very inspirational and with great voice acting. Felt like a short vacation for me.
It is like a walking simulator - just not 3D and reminds me a bit (just a bit due to its extreme shortness) of games like The Old City: Leviathan, The Beginner's Guide, Ether One

Definitely want to play more of this!
Posted April 14, 2017.
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