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Review: Forgotten Hill Disillusion

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If horror movies have taught me anything, it’s that you run at the first opportune moment. However, many would-be heroes stay, fight, and die unnecessarily. If I was trapped in a creepy town, there is no way I’d begin a “fun” mystery adventure! No, I’d be on my feet looking for the nearest exit. However, Forgotten Hill Disillusion forces you to stay and face the music, no matter how uncomfortably creepy things get.

Developed by FM Studio and published by Ratalaika Games, this is a horror point and click title. Set in a horribly eerie town, you must solve riddles, complete puzzles, and encounter the grotesque and weird residents of this backwards community. It’s a brilliant example of a genre that demands an eye for detail and a logical mind.

I’d rather not stay for dinner.

Forgotten Hill Disillusion is challenging and skin-tingling.

I’m a massive fan of chilling horrors, so when I get the opportunity to become lost in one this good, I relish the chance. The game revolves around the Forgotten Hill Museum and its many exhibits. However, this is no ordinary establishment, as you soon discover. Not everything is as it seems, and the macabre front hides many ghastly secrets. You must search countless rooms, piece together the clues and riddles, and progress slowly. 

I should have guessed that my eyes would play tricks on me when the game was titled Forgotten Hill Disillusion. Yet, I loved this twist to the gameplay as it adds many additional layers to each puzzle. You effectively search the Forgotten Hill Museum for symbols, patterns, colours, and so forth. As you find books, posters, and notes, you must combine the information to solve every problem. Along the way, you encounter a variety of interesting characters, strange imagery, and disgusting creatures. It is an eclectic blend of elements that are both intriguing and confusing, and this may lead to frustration.

Limited handholding.

Depending on your puzzling ability, you may prefer no hints or obvious clues. However, I don’t like to be stuck for hours with no idea of how to progress. Fortunately, though, FM Studios has incorporated a simple but effective hint system to keep you going. It has been cleverly designed to be ignored if you wish or to act as a guide if needed. I suspect that even veteran gamers will use the facility as much of the action is shrouded in mystery and hard to fathom out.

You will be tested from the start thanks to the 60 unique puzzles and riddles that must be solved. You’ll adjust skeletons, capture birds, harpoon fish, find keys, use swords, play with electricity, and more. The mixture of approaches was interesting, confusing, and captivating! Having to memorise the sequence of an owl’s wings or working out how to destroy a man-eating plant was equally odd but fascinating. Fortunately, the gameplay sticks to the riddle and pattern-based problems, so once you are familiar with the intricacies, you’ll enjoy solving the puzzles you face.

Can you find her bird?

Forgotten Hill Disillusion is grainy and horrific.

FM Studios has concentrated on creating a wonderfully dated title that harks back to the prime of the genre. Focussing on cliched imagery, sombre tones, and a grainy finish, you soon lose yourself in this horror environment. I loved how the contrasting images of the past and present lived side by side. The clever use of a camera to uncover the gruesome secrets was excellent, and there are some truly stomach-churning moments. 

With much of the gameplay relying on fine details and a thorough investigation of each room, it was essential the UI was understated. Luckily, this was the case as the developer used submenus and a clever inventory system to keep things organised but easy to find.

Relying on bloody and gory images is not enough to scare most people. Instead, there is an expectation of skin-tingling audio that is full of drama, emotion, and shrill sounds. Luckily, Forgotten Hill Disillusion has all that and more! Its interesting audio blends slow and emotive sounds to create a truly eerie atmosphere. Whether it’s the impatient banging of a walking stick on the floor, the creak of a door, or distant bloodcurdling screams, this title has it all.

Don’t look under the rug!

Better with a mouse and keyboard.

I’ve been a fan of the point and click genre since Monkey Island and I’ve played on both PC and console. Subsequently, I know that a mouse and keyboard is the right combination to get the best experience. Therefore, I found the console version of Forgotten Hill Disillusion a little clumsy to play. The cursor moves slowly, and moving through the menus can be time-consuming. It is perfectly serviceable; however, it would be 100 times better when played with a mouse and keyboard.

Like many linearly focused titles, this one limits its replay value and longevity. Luckily, however, there is an array of collectables hidden in the museum and the 60 puzzles you face are challenging to overcome. Furthermore, unless you use a walkthrough, you’ll spend hours piecing together every clue you find. Moreover, its small but difficult achievement list will challenge completionists.

Forgotten Hill Disillusion is wonderfully old-school.

If you love puzzle games, old-school horror, or the point and click genre, then Forgotten Hill Disillusion is perfect for you. It blends the right level of difficulty with camp, cliched characters, excellent aesthetics, and some wonderful riddles and puzzles to solve. It creeped me out while testing my mind, and I adored it from start to end. I, therefore, recommend you to buy it here! Can you discover the mystery hidden in the Forgotten Hill Museum? Or will you fail and become the latest exhibit?

SUMMARY

Forgotten Hill Disillusion is a horrific point and click title. You must explore a grotesque museum filled with present and past exhibitions. Search for clues, solve the riddles, and escape the nightmare.

+ Retro grainy imagery.
+ Creepy audio.
+ Excellent riddles and puzzles.
+ Eerie atmosphere.
- Slow and clumsy controls.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation.)
Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Forgotten Hill DisillusionForgotten Hill Disillusion is a horrific point and click title. You must explore a grotesque museum filled with present and past exhibitions. Search for clues, solve the riddles, and escape the nightmare. <br/> <br/> + Retro grainy imagery. <br/> + Creepy audio. <br/> + Excellent riddles and puzzles. <br/> + Eerie atmosphere. <br/> - Slow and clumsy controls. <br/> <br/> (Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation.)<br/>