True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 2 is the sequel to one of the best rated horror escape games, acclaimed for its story and the atmosphere of horror mystery.
Title: True Fear – Forsaken Souls Part 2 | Developer: Goblinz Studio | Publisher: The Digital Lounge | Release Date: November 2nd, 2018 | Genre: Adventure Horror | Style: Point and Click | Platform: Steam | Source: Self=Purchased | Starred Review
True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 2 Review
(Light spoilers for the first game)
True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 2 picks up where the first game left off, with Holly traveling to the Dark Falls Asylum. As you explore, you uncover more of the mystery behind yourself and your previously unknown sister, Dahlia. You also learn of someone else. This someone else seems to be the someone stalking you and appearing to you throughout the first game and this one. As Holly, you also uncover more mysteries that throw what was previously known into the unknown.
I really, really liked the retro Art Deco style of the Dark Falls Asylum. It gave it a Roaring Twenties feel and made it a bit more interesting to explore than just a plain hospital setting would have been. The puzzles also play heavily into the style, as well.
The puzzles were still fun this time around but there were two that made me want to tear my hair out, a bit. Ok, more than a bit for one in particular. A puzzle requires you to line up mirrors to hit the center directly and it took so long to line the two colours up correctly. Even on the second playthrough it was still difficult.
The other puzzles were fun. This game tries its damndest not to let you meta-game, though. Even though I knew what code was needed to get a certain book it would not let me pick it up until the game wanted me to. The same goes for a section where you need to click on several blue folders to find a code. The game will absolutely not let you do it until you find the first clue. I actually thought it glitched on me and I started over. Then I realized what was going on. But the cursor turns into the ‘pick-up object’ hand so it looked like I could get it but the game wouldn’t let me. So that’s me being somewhat dim on what was going on, I’ll admit.
Even though there were some reused puzzle themes they felt different enough from the first game that, though I played them back to back, they felt different enough so as not to be boring. I particularly liked this little mini-game of mixing drinks in a flashback scene.
I liked where it ended (no spoilers but you down a sketchy potion, I kind of thought Holly was smarter than that) and being thrust into what’s most likely the setting for the first game in the trilogy. I’m hoping that will be sometime soon. There’s nothing listed on Steam nor on IGDB. I hope it doesn’t get ditched after the second one. The first one was released in 2016. Part 2 was released in 2018. So going by that I was hoping Part 3 would be released in 2020. However, 2020 has been a hell of a year so that could have thrown the schedule off a bit. And the year’s not over yet, so…maybe.
I hope it gets released, too. I really like them and I’m so interested to see where the story is going. So, pretty please, 2020 bring one decent thing.
Check out my review for True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 1 (no spoilers)
I’m sorry to have to give you just a review for the Focus on the Frightful this week. I’ll be back next week with something more in-depth!
GracieKat was the first co-host of Sci-Fi & Scary, Lilyn’s partner-in-crime, and sub-head of the Kali Krew. She reviews horror books, movies, and games for the site. She also does a weekly Focus on the Frightful feature, and is the site list-maker. She is also in control of the Sci-Fi & Scary podcast which will relaunch soon.