A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Main focus is to solve the mystery of the Ramsey mansion and cleanse it of the demonic influences within. Players have an added incentive to do so, as it's seemingly the only way to return to life.
Positive Role Models
While there's an emphasis on saving "what was left behind" of Anabelle, it's difficult not to feel as if characters are simply doing whatever it takes to accomplish their own goals.
Ease of Play
Although controls are generally basic and straightforward, the game's vague and obscure clues often lead to long periods of frustration as players blindly stumble around trying to get the story to progress.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of intense violence and death, including scenes showing a dead child and the murder of a main character by a ghost; his limbs are twisted and slammed around into walls. Other disturbing imagery appears, including depictions of demons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some nudity in the depiction of some demonic creatures.
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Some mild profanity shows up regularly in the game's dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Curse of Anabelle is a first-person horror adventure available for download on Windows-based PCs. Players explore a cursed mansion throughout its history, seeking to cleanse the home of its demonic possession. Although violence isn't constant, there are numerous frightening moments complete with disturbing imagery of dead bodies, ghosts, demons, and the like. Some of these images and scenes can get graphic, including watching a person get twisted and beaten to death from the victim's point of view. The game does feature some nudity in the presentation of the demonic forces (creatures with exposed breasts, etc.), and the dialogue makes occasional use of mild profanity.
Is It Any Good?
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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