What starts out as an innocent treasure hunting trip on the sea turns into a dark and creepy adventure through uncharted lands in Alawar Entertainment’s Twisted Lands: Shadow Town. You will spend your time unraveling the mystery surrounding both the disappearance of your female companion Angel, as well as the decadent environment you find yourself in. Starting out on a stranded beach with nothing on your person, your quest will take you through abandoned ships, haunted houses, foreboding woods, chilling churches, twisting labyrinths, and more. You’ll find clues left behind by previous occupants in the form of newspapers, journals and even supernatural events as the dark and sometimes disturbing story weaves its way towards a nice surprise climax. And once you’ve finished the main story, you’ll gain access to a bonus chapter that expands on a side story, giving you even more story goodness.
Twisted Lands: Shadow Town is an adventure puzzler. You’ll be interacting with the game through mouse clicks on interactive screens, so this certainly qualifies as a casual game. The story is definitely dark without being cheesy (cut-scene graphics aside, which ARE cheesy); in one particular journal entry I actually squirmed a bit reading about the plight of one of the former inhabitants. The game is never particularly scary, but the dark tone and content might be a little mature for very young audiences; teens should be OK.
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Developer: Alawar Entertainment
Release Date: September 20, 2010