Appropriately for this time of year we have Clea, a game where you’ll come in a bit cold wondering what the heck is going on with the hopes that perseverance will pay off with some suspense and scares. This falls into the category of having general adventure game mechanics, needing to explore and find inventory items to advance the story while being careful and sometimes needing to run in order to evade a bloodthirsty stalker. The bulk of the appeal is that knot in your stomach as you approach a new door, trying to be quiet as you move around and being sure to run for cover if you’re discovered. The thing is, if that hook isn’t enough on its own to motivate you, without that somewhat constant concern this becomes a very simple linear game for the most part. While it can provide a thrill and the story is appropriately a bit twisted even among some other titles in the same space like the Coma games this feels a bit outclassed overall.
Justin Nation, Score: