GAMEBOOMERS provides you with all the latest PC adventure computer games information, forum, walkthroughs, reviews and news.

GB Reviews

Latest & Upcoming Adventure Games

GB Annual Game Lists

GB Interviews

BAAGS

GB @ acebook

About Us

Walkthroughs

free games galore

Game Publishers & Developers

World of Adventure

Patches

GB @ witter

GameBoomers Store

Print Thread
Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam #1270832
04/08/22 10:24 AM
04/08/22 10:24 AM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 17,674
In Missouri near St. Louis
Draclvr Offline OP
Reviews Editor - Hints/Glitches Mod - Site Support
Draclvr  Offline OP
Reviews Editor - Hints/Glitches Mod - Site Support
Graduate Boomer

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 17,674
In Missouri near St. Louis
[Linked Image]


First up this isn't a game, but a Lovecraft tinted visual novel in which you get to make some choices and do some deducting to propel the story forward. Most of the time you will be clicking to progress the text (although you can switch it to auto) and reading.

There is lots of reading.

I have finished the first 'case,' about 4.5 hours of playtime in. I understand there are 5 in all. While I am unlikely to complete the rest, primarily because it isn't a game (if I am going to read a book, I will read a book) I can tell you a bit more about it.

The story is told from the perspective of the chain-smoking Manager (you never know his name) of the Hermitage, a strange book store with a seeming bent for the supernatural. The Manager is the same, and there are strange goings-on in the lives of the customers that get drawn to the store seeking assistance.

The first case revolves around two students at a posh high school, an art class and a scandal. Plus, the dreams of one of the students, which appear to be visions, and an 'incense' known as Lilac Grass. While there is a tinge of otherworldliness throughout, it ramps up considerably towards the end of the chapter. For me that element was the most appealing bit, but on the whole I thought it was well written and realised.

The Manager never leaves the bookshop, and conducts his part of the investigation through books, an on-line chat room and watching the news on TV, and by plotting relationships on his evidence board. His case files are where the key information is kept, and it will be added automatically as you come across it.

You can also check out his thoughts, always preceded by a deep inhalation of tobacco smoke.

He stays in touch with characters outside the bookstore via text message. Chief among these in the first chapter is his lawyerly friend Scarlet.

Throughout the chapter you will be taken to the case file to select three pieces of learnt information to answer a particular question. You get three chances before 'failing' which I understand leads to a bad ending. Three attempts were plenty, although other reviews suggest it gets harder and a little more opaque as you go.

On one occasion what looked like an eye appeared above the character I was talking to. It enables you to examine a body part more closely, and there is apparently a right time to do so. It didn't make much sense to me, but perhaps it might as you continue.

There is a manga aesthetic to the visuals, and while the scenes are largely static, the characters present at any one time will have a number of poses, and sufficient detail in the expressions to give some 'life' to the scenes. Colour is sparingly but well utilised, and the soundtrack is a jazz infused melange that is rather good. There is no spoken word.

Some interactions use the mouse, but the keyboard was my friend when it came to advancing the text. It saves automatically and you can also save at will.



109 tomatoes in the ground. When are the BLT's?!
Re: Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam [Re: Draclvr] #1270838
04/08/22 11:13 AM
04/08/22 11:13 AM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 44,256
near Yosemite in California
Marian Offline
Global Moderator
Marian  Offline
Global Moderator
Sonic Boomer

Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 44,256
near Yosemite in California
Thank you very much for this first look, flotsam. thumbsup

And thank you too, Drac. wave

Re: Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam [Re: Draclvr] #1270843
04/08/22 12:07 PM
04/08/22 12:07 PM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 17,674
In Missouri near St. Louis
Draclvr Offline OP
Reviews Editor - Hints/Glitches Mod - Site Support
Draclvr  Offline OP
Reviews Editor - Hints/Glitches Mod - Site Support
Graduate Boomer

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 17,674
In Missouri near St. Louis
It sounds kind of interesting, but definitely off the beaten track of adventure gaming!


109 tomatoes in the ground. When are the BLT's?!
Re: Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam [Re: Draclvr] #1270848
04/08/22 12:26 PM
04/08/22 12:26 PM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 13,311
Chicago
oldbroad Offline
Adept Boomer
oldbroad  Offline
Adept Boomer

Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 13,311
Chicago
Thanks flotsam and Draclvr!

Re: Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam [Re: Draclvr] #1270862
04/08/22 03:36 PM
04/08/22 03:36 PM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 14,590
winter springs fl.
connie Offline
Adept Boomer
connie  Offline
Adept Boomer

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 14,590
winter springs fl.
Thanks flotsam and Drac.


Connie
Re: Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam [Re: Draclvr] #1270879
04/08/22 06:37 PM
04/08/22 06:37 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 81,422
In the Naughty Corner
BrownEyedTigre Offline
The Sassy Admin and PR Liaison
BrownEyedTigre  Offline
The Sassy Admin and PR Liaison
Sonic Boomer

Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 81,422
In the Naughty Corner
Thanks flotsam! That's quite a lot of "game" if it's someone's cup of tea!

Thanks Drac!

Ana wave


Don't feed the Trolls
Re: Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a First Look by flotsam [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1270920
04/09/22 11:41 AM
04/09/22 11:41 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 32,028
United Kingdom
Mad Offline
Sonic Boomer
Mad  Offline
Sonic Boomer

Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 32,028
United Kingdom
Thank you, flotsam (and Draclvr) 👍


Time : The Most Precious Commodity
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

Moderated by  BrownEyedTigre, Marian 

Who's Online Now
2 registered members (Pandora, OrleansBelle), 29 guests, and 7 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Staff, Mod
Newest Members
JBTruth, sadmaskparty, spocksbrain, Dynamite7, nachtmusick
9293 Registered Users
Powered by UBB.threads™