Editors' Choice Game
Ghost in the Sheet
Reviewed by Angie Kibiloski
Ghost in the Sheet (Retail $17.00) is most definitely one of the quirkiest adventure games I have ever played. With rather odd, sometimes dark humor, and strange characters, Tri Synergy has delivered a bizarre, yet entertaining paranormal adventure. The graphics and puzzles in the game are top notch, but the off-the-wall charm of this game is what makes it a real winner.
You play as a poor soul who has just bit the dust, or pavement really, as you were hit by a bus. You discover that, instead of going towards a lovely bright light, you are saddled with an overbearing boss of the afterlife, and a job to investigate the other worldly happenings at a deserted old factory. You are also burdened with….a sheet. Yes, you are a ghost…in a sheet. How very droll you say? Well, apparently, your ghostly essence will scatter all over creation if not constrained inside the, unfortunately not so clean, white sheet.
So, with your brand new linens in tow, you are transported to the entrance of a factory, Sector Omega, and must find a way in, discover what has happened to its workers, and find a way to get the factory running again, all without the wonderful advantages of having a physical body, like the ability to touch things. Luckily for your incorporeal self, you soon learn some paranormal skills, like the ability to levitate objects with telekinesis, and how to push something with your spectral finger. As the game progresses, you learn more skills, sometimes taught to you by one of the other ghosts you meet inside the factory. These other ghosts, poor things, have been trapped at Sector Omega, along with some other creatures, like the giant in the basement and some weird, wiggly, flying, squid thing. Converse with these entities to aid in your mission, and use your skills to manipulate your environment to discover the secrets that Sector Omega hides. You'll soon find out that those weird stains on your new sheet are not the only suspect element of your after death job.
The environments in this game are highly detailed and interesting, with lots of things to interact with. You really get the feeling of an old derelict factory, with leaky pipes, vats filled with unknown liquid, and broken down machinery. The cut scenes add to the general bizarre feel, by not being traditional cut scenes, as you have seen in other games. Rather, in deep contrast to the amazing game play environments, they are styled like strange black and white comic book pages, with narration over the still frame. Weird yes, but cool too. The mood music is a combination of spooky and funny, adding to the quirky atmosphere of the game play. The Ghost comes out with some inspired dry wit about the things he sees, and provides wonderfully sardonic commentary throughout. Though sometimes stressed with his new status in life….uh, afterlife, with your help he manages to muddle through, even when the sheets are stacked against him.
Ghost in the Sheet is a quality adventure game, with codes to break, mysteries to solve, and interesting characters and places to discover. What make this game different and extremely cool, is the tongue-in-cheek vibe of the whole experience. This quirky, zany game is a MUST for game lovers who like a little laughter with their adventure. The afterlife has never seemed so much fun!
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