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Parents' Guide to

Curse of Anabelle

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

First-person horror is cursed by glitches and poor design.

Game Windows 2020
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It's hard to deny the appeal of a good scare from time to time. Unfortunately, Curse of Anabelle is anything but a "good scare." There are fleeting moments where you can see the potential of a decent horror adventure, but technical glitches and other issues are more of a curse to the game than the demonic forces of the Ramsey mansion could ever hope to be. From frequent misspellings in the subtitles to the horrendously bad and cheesy voice acting, there are signs that things are going downhill before you even take control of the game. And once the (sadly unskippable) opening wraps up, it only goes from bad to worse.

For starters, there's a lot of awkwardness in the environments. For example, light switches, clearly marked "On" and "Off," can't be used; instead, players have to individually touch every lamp to turn on the lights. Also, certain rooms in the houses seem to have a different scale than others, making it feel like you're a giant towering over the furniture. The highlighted outlines of interactive objects also occasionally bleed over from other rooms or even other floors. Topping it all off, even if you could find a way to look past the multiple glitches and bad acting, the overall plot and gameplay are hard to follow. Clues to advance the story are overly vague and lead to frustrating moments of clicking on anything and everything just to hopefully stumble across a solution to move things along. Sadly, the only thing scary about Curse of Anabelle is the realization that you paid money for it.

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