When a first person shooter meets an adventure and survival horror game – we gain what is titled Penumbra Overture – the first episode of the Penumbra Trilogy.
Dark, creepy, yet classic and with style, this game is just perfect for a raining afternoon – when you want to experience something a little different.
Explore, put the pieces together, stay alive, this is your battle against a demonic force.
The story seems unusual from the beginning. You end up in an uninhabited part of Greenland, in an abandoned mine, trying to find out the truth about the disappearance of your father.
Thing is that once you are here, strange things will happen.
For example, you find out about the feral creatures that appeared out of nowhere imposing threat to the mine workers. The ugly cave spiders that became sustenance for the last survivors, the natural deposits of lysergic acid which is causing hallucinations and provokes uncontrollable behavior – that ends up with suicide.
Would you like to visit a place like that…I guess not – but the way things are presented in the game makes you to want to know more [at least this is how I felt when playing].
The environment can be used to your advantage. Block doors, set obstacles, carry objects [barrels, pieces of wood, lamps, bottles and so] or use them to hurt enemies or destroy other things. There are different puzzles to solve, but most of them are very easy [I played on Normal Mode]. For example, in the abandoned cave you have a key combination for a door. The way through it is simple, just pay attention to the notes you encounter.
As you go deep within the mine, you’ll find out that you’re not the only one in here. Meet Red, the one who will guide you through this dark journey.
He will try to explain what happened in there and help you find your way to the source of this disaster.
Of course that it won’t be easy as wild creatures like the demonic dogs will try to hunt you down.
You will discover that the construction of the mine was influenced by the discovery of an ancient artifact that offers you bits of another world – something quite hard to comprehend. This is why the player is tempted to work some more to find out what is going on.
Detail over detail you’ll finally come to see what you’ve been missing.
In just four chapters [pretty short] Penumbra Overture can establish a link between a survival horror and an intensified existential drama.