I'm curious all you folks who gave this game 5 stars, did you like the ending?
So you didnt get the impression that the story had massive plotholes (that for me decimated the credibility of the story). Jonathon Boakes is a bit of a tease..dont lure people in with promises of a superlative ghost mystery if you ultimately cant deliver on that story. Maybe its just me but i'd be annoyed if the last few pages of a thriller book were ripped out only to be replaced with a note saying:
"this story continues in Lost Crown 2 RRP £29.99"
Nothing answered at all, just more questions...i personally dont think there is a deep unfolding mystery to it...just mistakes made in the story department.
example: the front of the box shows a ghostly little girl in front of a tombstone. She is in the game for all of 5 seconds...so dont be expecting something deep and sinister...
I dont know how many games you have played,ghost stories/films or thrillers you have seen/read,but,I have lost count of the ones I have seen/played/read that have ended with no end! Surely this is the point of a ghost story.To answer many of your questions,yet leave you with more.To lead you down a path thinking you are in control and pull the rug from under you at the last minute. With computer games it would be insane to answer every question the story asks,as it would leave the option of further forays with more of a bad taste if the game is successful. I dont believe anyone plays a game or reads a book they enjoyed and says,"Thank God for that,I enjoyed it so much im glad there wont be a follow up!"
I didn't give this game a five star review, but I did like the game and I did finish it, the ending of the game was far more complete than many [I think I'd not long before played Black Mirror 1 and been left with the most complete 'What?????????? the heck just happened?' feeling from that], I didn't like the ending, the 'technology of ancients' seemed implausible to me but at least you did complete the plot to a good degree. I did like the rest of the game a lot, nice settings [if a bit too obviously Cornwall], good characters, good puzzles, very atmospheric sound effects etc, perhaps the reviews are based on the game overall rather than just part?
I played to the end, and yes, I thought it could have been better - but I had enjoyed myself so much in the rest that I still rated it 5 stars. There are some lovely creepy bits, and I liked the curious blend of colour and monochrome, and the landscapes. What really annoys me in a game is being painted into a corner so you have to fail, just so the game company can shovel out a sequel - and I didn't feel this did that, I had a 'victory' without a dead-stop conclusion.