Parents' Guide to

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Unusual photography horror game scares up mature fun.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2015
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If you can get past the silly "photographs hurt ghosts" mechanic, and the game's slightly clunky movement, this survival horror adventure may just scare the selfie out of you. The fifth game in this scary series, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a freaky game where you have to explore a haunted mountain in hopes of finding a missing woman. But instead, you find a bunch of ghosts whose touch can really hurt, and the only thing that makes them stop is taking their picture with an old camera (and no, we don't mean an iPhone 3). You also can use the camera to find items that will solve some situational puzzles, such as a key that will unlock a door to a new area. This kind of makes the game like one of the older Resident Evil games, but with more picture-taking than gunplay. Sadly, this comparison also applies to the movement controls. Though Black Water doesn't have a stifling fixed perspective like those old games, it still has somewhat awkward movement which can sometimes make it hard to run away from the ghosts. Still, if you can deal with its weirdness and shortcomings, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will be a scary good time.

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