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Overclocked: Unlock Eerie Memories

The past doesn't stay hidden for long in the puzzle game Overclocked.
The past doesn't stay hidden for long in the puzzle game Overclocked. (Lighthouse Interactive)
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Friday, April 25, 2008

When five young naked people are found in New York with no memory, the cops call D.C. psychologist David McNamara to get to the bottom of it. As McNamara, you use hypnosis and investigation to help the patients remember what happened to them.

But you don't just sit and listen to their stories. You play each of the five characters. When McNamara triggers a memory, you relive the sometimes horrific events each patient went though. At first, you'll experience only the last few moments before the people were brought to the hospital, but as McNamara begins to unravel the plot, the patients remember more. Seeing a story from multiple perspectives and in reverse order could have you glued to your screen.

Solid graphics help elevate the amazing story line. Overclocked's locations, including a rainy New York, are extremely gloomy. Other factors add to the game's noirish feel: McNamara's marriage is on the rocks. He drinks too much. His hotel is threatening to kick him out because he wakes up screaming in the middle of the night. And the police are beginning to suspect he might be involved in the case.

Gameplay involves a mostly point-and-click interface. It's so easy to use objects around you or in your inventory that it almost makes puzzle-solving too simple. But because the game's strength is its plot, that is forgivable. Just don't expect complex puzzles. Instead they tend to advance the plot and are logical within the story line.

Overclocked doesn't take long to play; I solved it in a little more than six hours. For eerie fun, dim the lights and enter the interesting story Overclocked offers.

-- John Breeden II

Overclocked: A History of Violence Mature; Windows 2000/Vista/XP ($30) Lighthouse Interactive Overclocked: A History of Violence Mature; Windows 2000/Vista/XP ($30) Lighthouse Interactive


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