Have you ever read the books where you can choose your own story path, and each time you chose a different path, you would get a different ending? Well, The Shrouded Isle reminded me of that. If you like to make choices where it all depends on who you make as a town leader, and who you keep an eye on for the seasonal sacrifice, then this game may be for you.
When you start the game, it explains that the community needs to sacrifice a person every season, so that the community’s sin can be cleansed. From there, you have to pick an advisor for each house in order to keep balance within the community, and ultimately, who to pick to sacrifice for the “greater good.”
What makes this game unique is that each time you complete a three-year cycle, depending on your choices throughout your game play will determine the type of ending you will receive (I only found two endings as of this writing). The Shrouded Isle will make players read everything, ranging from the character’s profile for appointed advisor, to which character you choose to sacrifice. Of course, making choices on advisors and sacrifices is not easy, as each character has unique statuses which will affect the overall community behavior. As time passes, you will see categories such as “Ignorance” and “Discipline” change. The game’s sound and gothic graphics add a shroud of mystery to the townsfolk, giving the impression that the community is far from innocent.
However, if you are looking for an action-adventure type of game, you will not find it here. The Shrouded Isle is strictly a mouse and a cursor kind of game. The game does not diverge from its core concept of maintaining a community at all cost. Sometimes, it’s nice to play a straight-forward game, where you think before you take action, and from your choices, watch events unfold in front of you. Just like in life, all the actions you take will have an outcome. For the community, however, the outcome is more extreme.
If you are looking for a game where you have multiple paths with more than one ending, and you’re looking for a simple but yet addictive game, The Shrouded Isle may be your kind of game. Be careful if the advisor asks about you…it might be the last season you will see! (Gulp!).
[A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for purposes of this review. This review is based on about 15 hours of game time.]
[Jongwoo Kim, Erica Lahaie, FX Bilodeau, Tanya Short | Kitfox Games | PC (Steam) | $9.99 ]
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