Back in the days of classic adventure gaming, first-person titles with FMV sequences were all the rage, and one of these, Sierra’s Shivers has made it to GOG.
Despite not having a lot of love for first-person adventure games, there is still something about FMV titles that always catches my attention. Maybe it’s because of the unintentionally bad acting or low production values comparable to B-movies, I really like playing them. I already reviewed The 7th Guest that takes place in a haunted mansion, and Shivers seems very similar in style and gameplay, i.e. it’s all about solving logic puzzles (too bad) and staying alive/sane for a night (intriguing), but in a museum.
As the museum has been abandoned for some time and people have disappeared, one plays a dare game with the typically clichéd teenager group to stay there for one night alone. But soon one realizes that there’s something sinister, with uncanny shrieks in the deserted halls being the least of the problems. As the puzzles vary each time and the locations of items are different with each playthrough, there are also some surprises in store if one wants to try again. Hopefully, this isn’t too frustrating, but as one can overcome the conundrums in a non-linear fashion, at least one can do it on one’s own time.
Shivers was originally released in 1995 and is now available on GOG.
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